New Delhi: Kapil Sibal, took charge as the Union Minister of Human Resource Development this morning. While taking charge he said this ministry is linked to the youth, children and families and it needs to be seen how it can take India forward. He touched on a large spectrum of issues in education.
Sibal emphasized that his Ministry would strive towards providing quality access to education for all. Underlining that India has the demographic advantage, he said that no child should be denied education because of a lack of resources.
In the context of higher education, the Minister said that changes in the IITs and IIMs are required with changing times as nothing is static. They must be competitive vis-à-vis global standards. While emphasizing on the importance of skill development, he underlined that there has to be a change in school and university curriculum, to enable more graduates to find jobs. The Minister also said that there are synergies between the Ministry of HRD and the Ministry of Science and Technology which would be utilisesd by the Ministry of HRD.
Regarding the National Knowledge Commission, Sibal said that its recommendations would be pivotal for creating a knowledge economy. While each and every recommendation of the NKC does not need to be adopted, where the need arises their recommendations will be adopted. Sibal said that the Right to Education Bill and the Foreign Educational Institutions Bill would be taken forward.
Sibal took a briefing on the two departments of the Ministry, Higher Education and School Education and Literacy. The Secretaries for both these departments, R.P. Agrawal (HE) and Smt. Anshu Vaish (SE&L) give an outline regarding their departments through power point presentations to the Minister.