230 Million Children Enrolled in Schools Under RTE : HRD Minister

Stating that 230 million children have been enrolled in schools ever since the Right to Education Act came into force, Union HRD minister M M Pallam Raju on 21st September, 2013 said the government aims to provide quality education and capacity building in the years to come.

“Ever since the introduction of the Right to Education Act, which gives a fundamental right to every child in this country, in the last three years, we have enrolled a substantial number of children, brought them back to school. As a result, we have 230 million in schools today,” he said.

The human resource development ( HRD ) minister was speaking at the Inauguration of the Aga Khan Academy on the outskirts of the city.

“While we have focused on creating capacity in the last few years, the next few years are going to be dedicated to meaningful learning outcomes. Similarly, as far as higher education is concerned, we have created a lot of capacity. But we have miles to go. I am sure, with the motivation of organizations like the Aga Khan Academy, we will go a long way in the years to come,” Raju said.

Appreciating the efforts of the Aga Khan, founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network ( AKDN ), the Union minister said efforts in several spheres like education, culture have contributed immensely to India’s development.

On the renovation of Humayun’s tomb complex in Delhi by the Aga Khan, the minister said an MoU has been signed between the Andhra Pradesh government, the Quli Qutib Shahi urban development authority and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in January this year for the renovation of Quli Qutub Shahi tomb complex in Hyderabad.

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