Shashi Tharoor takes dig at politicos for resisting bill on education
The direct benefit was many successful professionals have contributed back to society, setting up businesses and support networks for development of the country, which should not be underestimated. “So we have gained from the brain drain.”
He said in the last nine years, education's contribution to GDP had grown to 4.8 per cent from 3 per cent, but the target of reaching six per cent still “remains”. “Maybe we will accomplish that in UPA III,” he said.
Earlier, Tharoor, stressed the need for focussing on women's education.
Citing a study, he said 65 per cent of India's women are educated compared to 74 per cent men.
Tharoor said there is a widespread public concern over technical and medical education institutions resorting to unfair practices like charging capitation fees, demanding donations, putting one set of fees on the website and charging something else from parents.
The Ministry, he said, has introduced legislation to prohibit and punish such practices and it also been introduced in Parliament.
Related to this, a legislation to introduce Special Education Tribunals to deal with complaints has also been introduced by the ministry, he said.
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