On Thursday, in a discussion on a Bill to establish the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Andhra Pradesh as an institute of national importance.
He emphasized that education is "beyond politics"; HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said that government will make all efforts to fill vacancies of faculties and ensure students get quality education.He said, "Education was not a priority for the British and the strides have been made in independent India. Compensation, freedom and accountability are key for good teachers, the Minister said as he stressed the need for imparting quality education. A proposal to have a fund, which can go up to Rs 20,000 crore to help with infrastructure requirements and research activities at top educational institutions, would be taken to the Cabinet."
On the establishment of the new NIT in Andhra Pradesh, he said, "For the NIT in Andhra Pradesh, the government has provided 140 acres of land and Rs 40 crore has been budgeted for this and we will immediately come on the decision on DPR and release more funds. At present, NIT in Andhra Pradesh is functioning in another college campus. The Bill, when it was envisaged in 2007, had 20 national institutes. Then, in 2012, five Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) and 10 new NITs were added to it."
With reference to the amendment in 2014, for one institute in Bengal, he added, "So, they became 36, and today, we are adding one more and that makes it 37 national important universities out of which 31 will be NITs."
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