Sunday, October 29, 2006
Tribune News Service
Rohtak, October 27
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today said Haryana would soon have an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) for which he had already sought informal approval from Union Human Resources Minister Arjun Singh.
The Chief Minister was speaking at the inaugural function of the zonal youth festival at Lal Nath Hindu College here.
He said the state government was striving to provide quality education. The Rajiv Gandhi Education City would be set up soon. It would attract students from foreign countries also. Institutes of architecture, chartered accountancy, engineering, medicine, biotechnology and nanotechnology would be set up in the proposed city which would meet international standards.
Many institutes of international repute had shown interest in setting up their campuses in this city, he said, adding that the only one condition for these institutes was that they would have to reserve 25 per cent seats for students of Haryana. Out of these, five per cent would get full, 10 per cent would get 50 percent and the rest would get 25 percent concession in fee. He said with these concessions deserving students from poor families would be able to get a good education.
Mr Hooda said an institute of fashion designing in collaboration with NIFT would also be set up in Haryana. The state government was also setting up a university for women at Khanpur Kalan which would be the first of its kind in North India.
He said that a National Law University was also proposed at IMT, Manesar, and a regional centre would be opened at Jind. The government would develop Sir Chhotu Ram Engineering College, Murthal, as a technical university. The Chief Minister also reiterated that efforts were on to develop Maharshi Dayanand University at Rohtak as a central university.
Mr Hooda said quality education was necessary and for this he had increased the budget for education by 50 per cent. During the previous regime, there were no teachers in schools and the students were leaving government schools. Now the Congress government had advertised 12000 posts of teachers of which 33 per cent were reserved for women.
He announced a grant of Rs 21 lakh for construction of an auditorium in LN Hindu College.
Later, the Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of the Department of Engineering and Technology building to be constructed at a cost of Rs 10 crore at the MDU campus. He also laid the foundation stone of a girls’ hostel of this department. The hostel would be named after the astronaut Kalpana Chawla and would cost Rs 4 crore. It would have 130 rooms and would accommodate 240 girls.
He also told that efforts would be made to set up a light commercial vehicle manufacturing unit like that of Maruti in the proposed IMT here.
If Haryana gets an IIM over Punjab where HRD minister promised once, then it would definitely bring more state-wise regional balance while making Institutes of National Importance.