The National Institute of Ageing is
likely to be set up soon in Tamil Nadu said Jagat Prakash Nadda, Union Minister
for Health. A Central team will be soon visiting the state for the purpose.
Mr. Nadda appreciated the state for
their efforts in implementing the schemes where the state has utilised the
sanctioned budget for Japanese Encephalitis. Under this, 93 percent of the
target population have been vaccinated. He also declared that additionally three
more districts from the state would be included under the Japanese Encephalitis
program and this will make a total of eight districts.
In a review meeting, C. Vijaya
Baskar, State Minister for Health, said: "The budget allotment in the State for
public health has been doubled to Rs. 7,004 crore. In medical education, 610
MBBS seats have been added in the last 2 years, taking the number to 2555."
Earlier, in a conference at
Vellore, Mr. Nadda said that the government is willing to make education more independent
and autonomous and not political. He also promised that issues in higher
education will be addressed from the academic angle and not from the political
end. The Minister expressed his thought on having a strong regulatory system to
curb growing corruption and capitation in the field of education.
"The country has a federal system
but we give more autonomy to States. We want to cooperate with States,
whichever political party is ruling," he said.
The Minister added points on having
a balance between quantity and quality in education so that, autonomy could be
maintained in its real sense.
"In our experience, these agencies
instead of expanding higher education are trying to curb expansion," said VIT
Chancellor G. Viswanathan. He added that the five essential things leading
higher education include: affiliation, approval, NOC, permission and
recognition. He also said: "In the United States, none of them exists. Still,
it is considered leader in higher education. We should work out a system that is
suitable to our country."