PM Modi: Lot of focus on structural reforms in higher education

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While addressing the centenary convocation of the University of Mysore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted that the Central government has established a number of higher education institutes, including IITs, IIMS, IIITs and AIIMS across the country.

“A total of seven new IIMs have been established in the last five to six years. Before this, there were only 13 IIMs in the country. Similarly, for seven decades only seven All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) were serving the country,” the Prime Minister said.

He said that there were 16 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in the country till 2014, even after so many years of independence.

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“In the last 6 years, on average, a new IIT has been opened every year. One of these is also open in Dharwad, Karnataka. As of 2014, there were 9 IIITs in India. In the subsequent 5 years, 16 Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) have been established,” he added.

PM Modi further said that a lot of focus has been put into the development of infrastructure and structural reforms in higher education.

“National Education Policy is a huge initiative to bring a fundamental change in the education setup of the country. To make our capable youth even more competitive, a multidimensional approach is being focussed on. An effort is to make youth flexible and adaptable for changing nature of the job,” he added.

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