City colleges should strive to be among top 10 in world: CM.
New Delhi: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said higher education institutions in the city should strive to be among the top 10 institutes in the world and that his government would provide them the funds required to achieve the goal. He also said his government would organise a summit and invite teaching professionals of Indian origin from across the world to discuss ways to improve the education system in Delhi.
“We will do it soon. No Indian institute figures among the top 10 institutions in the world. It is our dream that at least one college or university from Delhi make it to the top 10 list. I can assure you there will be no shortage of money,” Mr Kejriwal said at the inauguration function of Phase II of IIIT-Delhi campus.
The chief minister rued that only 1.25 lakh of the total 2.5 lakh students clearing the Class 12 exams every year get admissions to colleges and universities in the national capital.
“Even those scoring 97 per cent marks do not get admission. This is not acceptable. Our government is working to eliminate this shortage,” he said.
Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said the Phase II of Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi (IIIT-D) campus was completed in about 2.5 years and it was testament to the government’s commitment towards education.
The Phase II expansion of IIIT-D will enhance its student uptake from over 1,800 in 2015 to 3,000 now.
“With immense ambition & hope inaugurated the sprawling IIIT-Delhi Phase 2 Campus with Hon’ble CM Arvind Kejriwal. The total capacity of IIIT-D has now reached 3,000 students from 1.000 in 2015. Good thing is that 85 per cent of the students are from Delhi schools (sic),” Mr Sisodia tweeted.
In another tweet, he mentioned, “Delhi government will call summit of NRI teachers working in universities and schools abroad. This will help in making Delhi colleges, universities, and schools world class. Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced this while inaugurating the newly constructed IIIT-D building.”