New Delhi: In 2004 the UPA government made major allocations for the education sector. In 2009, in its second coming, the emphasis is likely to continue. Kapil Sibal, the new minister for human resources development, signaled this by unraveling his 100-days agenda for reforming education.
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70 % of the students graduating out of Indian universities are unemployable and that must be rectified, he says.
The HRD ministry considers Sarv Shiksha Abhayan or education for all and improving literacy the two basic objectives of the country’s education system. To make it work effectively what is important is improving the quality of the literacy and strengthening adult literacy programs, says Mungekar.
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According to Aiyar, about 30% funds allocated for education were unspent in 2006-07. She believed there was a complete lack of understanding at the Centre about how things works at the grass root level in the villages.
The experts however, saw a ray of hope and said they were confident that despite an economic downturn the government was willing to allocate sufficient funds for the education sector in the coming budget.