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Rs. 1000 cr. for higher education reforms in Madhya Pradesh with World Bank’s cooperation

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: The Bharatiya Janata Party ruled Madhya Pradesh Government has claimed that it is committed to provide best quality of education to its students. One of such efforts include to bring improvement in higher education through partnership between the Madhya Pradesh Government and World Bank. Work is being made on a Rs. 1000 crore project for this purpose.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan released World Bank’s report entitled “Higher education in Madhya Pradesh – the way forward” in this connection here today. Higher Education and Public Relations Minister Shri Laxmikant Sharma was also present on the occasion.

Higher Education Minister Laxmikant Sharma informed that there will be three phases of the project to be implemented with World Bank. In the first phase, international-level deliberations of stakeholders pertaining to higher education and expert were conducted at Bhopal in September-October last year. The World Bank has prepared details of these deliberations. In the second phase, the World Bank will give expert advise regarding administrative reforms, participation, public finance, good efforts by institutions, tracer study and expectations of students and parents in this connection.

Project for reforms will be implemented as per World Bank’s advice. He informed that the World Bank will also extend necessary fiscal cooperation in the project. It will also make loans available to the State Government for reforms programme at the rate of one to 1.25 percent interest.

He informed that efforts towards implementing project for reforms in higher education will be made in the light of suggestions made at Vidyarthi Panchayat. The governance reforms under the project will include amendment to Madhya Pradesh Universities Act, infrastructure development of new colleges, upgradation of laboratories, construction of buildings for new colleges, total automation of university exam system, computer training to girls in the colleges in rural and tribal areas, construction of girls’ hostels, constitution of research foundation on ancient, historic, cultural and religious philosophies, vocational training to physically challenged students etc.

Principal Secretary Higher Education Basant Pratap Singh, Commissioner Higher Education Dr. V.S. Niranjan, World Bank representative Roby Linden, Prof. B. Venkatesh and other officers were also present on the occasion.

[Pervez Bari is a senior Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at]
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