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HRD Minister for public-private tie-up in health, education

May 3, 2013

Batting for public-private partnership in health and education sectors, Union HRD Minister M M Pallam Raju said on April 27 such collaboration could help overcome resource constraints in public sector.

“Resource constraints in public sector can be overcome by collaborating with the private sector and this will foster a partnership for providing better health services to the underserved sections of the population,” he said.

In his address at the 17th Convocation of Sri Ramachandra University, a medical varsity in Chennai, he said ‘deficiencies’ in public sector health care could be overcome by appropriate significant reforms and partnership with private sector which, he said, has emerged as a new avenue.

He said UPA’s National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) had among others, brought down infant mortality rate and increased the institutional deliveries and immunization coverage in the 11th Five Year Plan.

Holding that Government of India had taken a policy decision of developing PPP models in all these activities, he expressed hope that they attract more private participation during the 12th Five Year Plan period (2012-17).

He added that the thrust of the higher education system in the 12th Plan has been access, equity and excellence.

“We want to ensure quality faculty and research as that is the only way to ensure that these institutions grow to global standards which is the requirement of the day,” he said.

He also urged educational institutions to adopt “best practices” to ensure quality.

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