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Focus on youth in higher education

Education department principal secretary Amarjeet Sinha on Wednesday said the state needed more higher education institutions to cater to the large population of youngsters.

Sinha was speaking at the fourth foundation day of Aryabhatta Knowledge University (AKU) on the CNLU campus. Owing to the model code of conduct, the education department secretary did not make any announcement but stressed on the need of higher education.

He said: “With establishment of AKU, the education department didn’t face difficulties in providing affiliation to community colleges.”

On September 5, 2013, 15 community colleges started functioning from different institutes.

Sinha, stressing on promotion of higher education in the state, said the Naac review is being undertaken and in a few months, more than 50 colleges would get accredited.

He said of 260 government colleges in state, around 52 would have e-library.

Sinha said: “As there is a huge demand for higher education by youngsters, the government is committed to provide full assistance in setting up new higher education institutions. In this direction, the government has planned to set up private universities as we get a lot of proposals.”

The education department principal secretary also said AKU, in a short period of time, has created a benchmark for other higher education institutions as the university has been successfully conducting examination and declaring results of state medical, engineering and BEd colleges.

AKU has around 80 colleges affiliated to the university, which also includes eight medical, 17 engineering, two nursing, one radio therapy and eight BEd colleges.

Recently, the university organised its first convocation on February 24 in which chief minister Nitish Kumar was the chief guest.

During the convocation, Nitish urged the AKU administration to introduce more courses on new sciences and research work. The new vice-chancellor of AKU, Uday Kant Mishra, sought government help in timely completion of the new campus of the university coming up at Mithapur. The AKU campus is coming up on 7.5 acres.

AKU was established by Nitish to facilitate affiliation of technical, medical, management and other institutions under a single umbrella.