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Eight million children do not go to school in India

New Delhi: Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal said while addressing the students and teachers of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) through tele conference on the occasion of its 22nd Convocation that it is regrettable that 81 lakh children of the country do not go to any school at all and only 13 million boy and girls students take admissions in higher educational institutions. His ministry is working to take the number of such students to 40-45 million by 2020. He said that the total number of boy and girl students of IGNOU in the country is 2.15 lakh of whom 78 students were given gold medals on this occasion at IGNO’s Headquarters in New Delhi on 2 April. Of the 2.15 lakh students 44,928 were conferred Bachelor’s Degrees, 20,775 Master’s Degrees, 3 students were awarded PhD degrees, 59,042 were given Diplomas and 90,618 were given certificates. Four students were given cash prizes. Of the 78 gold medallists, 10 belong to Delhi.

IGNOU’s VC, V.M. Raj Shekharan Pillai said while speaking on this occasion that 120 districts in the country have been identified by this University where total number of admission seekers is between 3 and 7 percent and in 8 districts there are no arrangements for higher education.
 
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This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2011 on page no. 13

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