Stressing on the need to stimulate the economy and promote growth enterprise, Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the government, industry and academia will have to come together to create employment opportunities, both in the public and private sectors.
Addressing a national conference on ĎA New Era of Industrial Development in the Northern India-Role of Private Sector Educational Institutionsí organised by the Education Promotion Society of India (EPSI) on Friday, Hooda talked about the northern states that had seen a big leap in private self- financing professional and vocational institutions in the last 15 years. He also informed Haryana had performed very well in both sectors in the last 10 years.
On the occasion, leaders from the education sector insisted the government should encourage the private sector educational institutions' autonomy and public-private partnership. To this, Hooda said his government would make allefforts to increase interaction between the industry and academia.
G Viswanathan, EPSI president and founder of VIT University said, "The current laws are retrograde to growth of education sector. The government should encourage more private investment in universities and colleges." He said the private sector had contributed immensely towards increasing the Gross Enrolment Ratio, a statistical measure to determine the number of students enrolled in school at levels like elementary, middle school and high school.
The conference was organised in association with PHD Chambers of Commerce and Industries (PHDCCI) with around 180 institutions from across the country participating. According to an official, there are around 150 institutes in Haryana. Over 90 of these are self-financed and lack infrastructure and faculty.
Responding to this, Pranav Gupta, member of PHDCCI's managing committee, said, "Industries need to partner with educational institutions directly. This could happen in areas of creating infrastructure, faculty sharing and direct support with funds and establishing state of the art Research and Training centres."
Also present were R R Jowel, Principal Secretary Technical Education, Haryana Government and Sanjiv K Sharma, Director, Punjab University.