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7 IITs, 7 IIMs, 5000 Atal Tinkering Labs among new educational institutions coming up: President Ram Nath Kovind



President Ram Nath Kovind announced on Thursday that the government is setting up 5,000 Atal Tinkering Labs, 7 IITs, 7 IIMs, 14 IIITs, one NIT and four NIDs in India to improve the education standard. He stressed that a multidimensional approach was being taken up to provide increased opportunities for the highest standard professional education.

“To improve the standard of education, the government is following a multi-dimensional approach. To secure the future of the country, it is imperative that children still studying in schools get full opportunity to transform their flight of imagination into concrete reality,” said the President.

He said that the methods and processes of employment and business are changing as the technology and times change, which is why the government is constantly working to ensure that the youth of India are prepared for such changes.

President Kovind was addressing the joint sitting of Parliament at the beginning of the Budget session when he made the announcement.

Here are the various educational institutions being set up by the government:

1. “The government is setting up more than 5,000 Atal Tinkering Labs for taking ideas to innovation,” Kovind said.

2. “Every parent aspires for a good education for their sons and daughters so that they can succeed in life… Seven IITs, seven IIMs, 14 IIITs, one NIT and four NIDs are being established,” the President said, as per PTI.

3. He added that a central university was also established in East Champaran-Motihari, the ‘Karma-bhumi’ of Mahatma Gandhi.

4. The government is also opening 103 Kendriya Vidyalayas, Eklavya Model Awasiya Vidyalayas in all talukas having a majority tribal population and 62 new Navodaya Vidyalayas in an effort to strengthen the education system, said the president.

The funding details for the upcoming educational institutes, including 44 new KVs, were announced by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar earlier this month.

Scholarship and fellowship amount to be increased by more than 25 percent
In order to encourage research activities in the country, President Kovind said that the decision had been taken to enhance the amount of scholarship and fellowship by more than 25 per cent.

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