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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

CM hints at splitting education department

The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat today hinted at bifurcation of the education department in view of increase in workload and to make Goa one of the best centres of excellence by providing quality education.

He was speaking as a chief guest at a function organised by the Goa Saraswat Samaj to felicitate its meritorious students at N D Naik Hall, Margao.

The Chief Minister said that due to vast workload one minister may not be in a position to do justice to the department and so it was essential to split it up into two parts.

He said the government had appointed eminent educationists on the education advisory committee so that best quality of education could be imparted to students. He said that he has asked the government departments like police, municipality, panchayat and the public works department to see that grievances of the common man are attended. He said that his government would take care of the problems faced by all and will not allow any injustice.

“I will see that common man is protected and his interest is safeguarded,” stated Mr Kamat.

The Chief Minister disclosed that during his meeting with the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, he had requested him to grant either IIT and IIM institutes in the larger interest of students.

Earlier, GSS president, Mr Shanu Pai Panandikar welcomed the gathering and the Margao Saraswat Samaj president, Dr Prabhudessai gave a brief account of the activities. Mr Anil Pai conducted the programme.

Later, all meritorious students of the Samaj were felicitated by the Chief Minister. Noted Konkani writer, Ms Meena Kakodkar and former Rashtramat editor, Mr Chandrakant Keni were also honoured at the occasion.

The programme was preceded by a workshop for students and parents. The director of Higher Education, Mr Bhaskar Nayak, Mr Venkatesh Prabhudessai and Mr Pandurang Nadkarni, Mr Keni were also present.

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