Education continued to be a strategic priority :Satya Pal Singh


            Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Satya Pal Singh participated in the 7thMeeting of Education Ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Member States held in Astana, Kazakhstan today during his three day visit of Kazakhstan from 15th to 18th October 2018.


In his statement at the meeting, MoS said that education continued to be a strategic priority in India’s national development initiatives which helped in achieving substantial progress in improving access to and quality of school and higher education.  He informed that India had 1.5 million schools with a total enrolment of 260 million students and 8.69 million teachers. The higher education sector comprised 864 Universities; over 40,000 colleges; 11,700 standalone institutions; 35.7 million students; and over 1.3 million faculty. India had also launched a ‘Skill India’ mission in 2015 with a view to skilling 400 million youth by 2022.