As per news, the Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendersinh Chudasama demands central status for MS University which is a teacher’s University.
With this he urged the government of India to revamp the policy of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) for improving quality of elementary, secondary and higher education in the state.
The minister called on the HRD Minister Smriti Irani on this. He also suggested her to revise the current norms of SSA and RMSA to make the central schemes more flexible so as to cater and address specific requirements of the state government.
Leading the ministerial delegation from Gujarat, Chudasama requested the Union HRD minister to sanction eight Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV) in certain districts of Gujarat. In addition, he sought GoI’s support for a multi-laterally funded integrated quality improvement project which will support installation of biometric based attendance system in schools, private-public partnership in the Gujarat Model Schools project, accreditation of schools, virtual class room initiative and creation of 30 lakh neo-literates in a time-bound manner.
The Gujarat education minister further sought help from Union HRD ministry for the Virtual Classroom pilot by allocating 7 DTH channels and required technical and financial support.
He also demanded to revamp the mid may meal to improve the nutritional levels in students also with keeping in focus the calorie intake and the protein requirements. The Minister even wants some modernizing in the in the kitchen of the large primary schools.
The Minister Chudasama also requested the Union minister to consider upgrading MS University at Vadodara as a Central University as the institution presents a strong case and has established partnerships with some of the leading international universities including Auburn University, USA, De Montfort University, UK, IMF-CSIC, Spain, SIAST, Canada and Virginia Commonwealth University, USA to name a few.
The other thing he proposed was that the Indian Institute of Teacher Education (IITE) should also be given central recognition. According to him, the institution should be given a status of centrally funded institution of excellence.
He also sought support from GoI for research and innovation programmes being carried out by Gujarat government. During the meeting, Union HRD minister Smriti Irani assured the Gujarat delegation that the request to upgrade MS University, Vadodara as Central University will be considered by the ministry.