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Focus on rural education: KKC

BANGALORE (TOI): The first meeting after the reconstitution of the Karnataka Knowledge Commission saw discussions on the need to focus on education in rural areas and research in universities.

“Though the government is doing a good job in rural areas, the general perception is that there is lack of quality. Research in university is also a weak area and deserves attention. Each district will have a role model institute. In order to increase accountability of teachers, an academic audit should be held,” said Siddaiah, principal secretary higher education.

The meeting set an agenda up to June 2013. The focus areas will include higher education vision, strengthening of state education resource institutions, development of a teachers’ professional policy, integration of skills to general education, mainstreaming of AYUSH, public health, documentation of traditional knowledge in the state. There are other flagship programmes like GIS in Karnataka, knowledge index and others.

A mission group and task force will be formed to moot and implement each programme.

 

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