Arunachal depends on Centre for most of its needs: Tuki

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Itanagar, February 18: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on Tuesday said the state was not financially sound as for most of its needs it has to rely on the Centre, which in turn leads to insufficient provision of funds from the government.

This, he said, lead to insufficient government funds to meet the increasing demand for higher education in the state.

"This results in lack of adequate infrastructure besides acute shortage of manpower in both teaching and non-teaching categories. We spend 0.3 per cent of our GSDP on higher education; whereas Centre allocates 1.5 per cent of its GDP according to MHRD source," Tuki said at the annual conference of higher and technical education.

The chief minister said the state government is contemplating to establish more private colleges and universities in the state under RUSA to create an environment of academic competitiveness to foster quality and employability.

He appealed the teaching community to give their best and provide a thrust to the higher education scenario.

Tuki said in the next 10-15 years the state would harness about 60,000 MW in hydro-power sector, which would give science graduates a larger scope for employment.

"So this physical dynamics of the state has to be strengthened properly," he stressed.

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