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Concern over draining of funds for education

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There is a decline in the money spent by the State governments on the education sector, though the Central government has increased its expenditure by 0.7 of GDP on education in the last decade, said RP Agarwal, Former Secretary, Higher Education, Government of India.

Hyderabad: There is a decline in the money spent by the State governments on the education sector, though the Central government has increased its expenditure by 0.7 of GDP on education in the last decade, said RP Agarwal, Former Secretary, Higher Education, Government of India.

In his inaugural address at the two-day international conference and doctoral colloquium on transformative social science research: Disciplines, collaborations and think tanks at Institute of Public Enterpise (IPE), Osmania University campus, here on Tuesday, Agarwal said the Central government had come up with Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) scheme, in order to sensitize State governments towards spending more money on the education.

“Now with the RUSA scheme, the government will push up on time grant to the universities and colleges. However, the scheme came with a rider that State governments should contribute 25 per cent in the grant,” he added. He lamented that despite the government pushing grants to the universities, over 62 per cent of enrollment in higher education is in the private sector which do not get government grants.

While the Central government had promised to rise spending on research to 2 per cent from 0.9 of GDP, it remained at the same level, Agarwal added. “What is dismaying is that, hardly 4 per cent of research gets down through the university or education system,” he stated. ­Education is the key for an inclusive sustainable innovative society and transformation of society can only happen through the education, he said.

“The transformation of the society will happen by educating youth in the country. People can only enjoy the fruits of development if they are educated,” said Agarwal. Delivering the keynote address, former UPSC Chairman and Chairman of Indian Association of Social Science Institutions, Prof SR Hashmi, said that social problems in India are being evaluated with the shortage and consumption of food. Hashmi further said food and calories consumed per day were the deciding factors of poverty. RK Mishra, Director, IPE, lamented that government has been funding more on the natural sciences not on the social sciences.

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