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Govt to set up 16 universities, 6 IITs and 19,000 schools across India

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, recently mentioned that the Government of India plans to set up 16 more central universities and six new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) across the country. The other additional priorities include establishment of over 19,000 primary and upper primary schools in the field of education.

The Prime Minister mentioned that his government was making attempts to introduce grading system in schools and interest subsidy on education loans to poor students with parental income less than INR 4.5 lakh per annum, while releasing the United Progressive Alliance's (UPA) annual report card, marking the end of its first year in its second tenure. Prime Minister Singh also described the Right to Education Act as a historic step towards ensuring education in the country and said that his government will work with the states to make it a reality.

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