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Karnataka mulls Education Development Board

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Karnataka government is examining a proposal to establish an Education Development Board of India for the benefit of students of higher education and promote the sector.     

Higher Education Minister Aravind Limbavali said his ministry is toying with this idea, and is also mulling establishing a revolving fund in the context of higher education.     

'I will meet the Chief Minister (B S Yeddyurappa) and discuss these issues', Limbavali told reporters.     

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He disagreed with the view expressed by the JDS that the Common Entrance Test (CET) for professional courses is benefitting students of urban areas more than that of the rural ones.     

The Minister said he had a meeting with CET officials and it's clear that students of rural areas have been faring better than than of their urban counterparts.     

Limbavali also said having been in the Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the BJP, and its National Secretary, he understands the problems faced by students.     

Thrust would be given to qualitative education, and teachers' refresher training, among others, by the government which would address issues such as bringing down drop-out rates and enable more people to have access to higher education.


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