Karnataka Chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda highlighted the need for private public partnership (PPP) to promote education to the masses while inaugurating Srinivas Institute of Medical Science and Research Centre (SIMSRC) and Srinivas Hospital at Mukka.
Karnataka government has earmarked Rs 12,500 Crore for education and an additional Rs 826 crore for medical education and Rs. 250 Crore for higher education but it was not enough, he said.
A lot more needs to be done to ensure that quality education is provided to all concerned, and private players have a role in this regard, he added. Gowda mentioned that coastal Karnataka was known for its contribution to the fields of banking and education, with private sector playing an important role in it.
“We come across situations which only seem to reinforce the general feeling that only the affluent have access to quality healthcare,” he said, adding that private medical institutions such as Srinivas too have a role to play in promoting healthcare.
He added that even Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, during his recent visit to the state, had mentioned education as Karnataka’s strength.
The Chief Minister informed that as the state was not ready for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for admissions to undergraduate medical courses , it has decided to introduce CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) syllabus for PU exams in Science stream from the next academic year to ensure that students from the state are able to compete in all-India exams.
Higher education minister V S Acharya said the beginning made by SIMSRC in introducing state-of-the-art specialties augur well for rural masses. He added that more first grade colleges were now being opened in the State since the number of students pursuing higher studies has seen sharp rise and An increase in the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) was a positive development.
Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences VC Dr Sriprakash K S said that Dakshina Kannada has emerged as a hub for medical education and healthcare with focus on quality education.
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