Need to bring more innovation in Health, Education: Sibal

Union Minister of Human Resources and Development Kapil Sibal said that India has to bring more innovation to Health and Education sectors in order to continue converging with technologically advanced economies.

Last Updated: Jan 08, 2011, 21:37 PM IST

Mumbai: Union Minister of Human Resources and Development Kapil Sibal on Saturday said that India has to bring more innovation to Health and Education sectors in order to continue converging with technologically advanced economies.

"We have to enhance our competitiveness. To do that requires support of a highly skilled workforce, innovation, technological upgradation and newer technology both in education and healthcare sector," Sibal said while addressing a seminar on `Role of Technology, Knowledge and Innovation in Transforming India` here on Saturday.
Citing the example of Indian telecom sector, Sibal said that India is the largest telephony in the world and has undergone a huge transformation in a decade which no other economy has achieved.

The number of mobile users has increased from a mere 1.3 million in 2000 to 720 million in 2010, while the call tariffs have gone down drastically from Rs 30 per minute then to 30 paise per minute now.

"We need to have this kind of transformation in the health and education sector. We need more public private partnerships to achieve this," the minister said.
Currently about 80 per cent of the healthcare sector is run by private entities and 90 per cent of the schools and colleges are handled by the Government, Sibal said adding that such model has to be changed and made more PPP intensive.

He further said that there was a need to tackle such structural inequities.

PTI