With record number of institutes being set up, Modi’s India is a hub of higher studies

PM Modi with a group of students and teachers

PM Modi with a group of students and teachers

We are all set to become the youngest country in the world by 2020; this translates to being a country with the largest number of young merit waiting to be enriched, flourish, be recognized and succeed. Prime Minister Modi realizes that the first step in empowering this massive young talent, is assuring education for all. In the past five years, India has transformed into a bustling education hub where one can receive education and enroll to courses from a plethora of streams. With the education sector experiencing an astounding growth, this government can boast of building the maximum number of higher educational institutes ever built under any government in a single term.

7 Indian Institute of Technology

India got its first IIT in 1951; IIT Kharagpur still stands out as one of the most prestigious institutes in the country. From 1951 to 2014, India saw the establishment up 16 IIT in some major cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Patna, Roorkee. One of the first IITs to be proposed by the NDA, after forming government in 2014, was the Indian Institute of Technology Palakkad. After its establishment in 2015, classes commenced in temporary campuses. Presently, IIT Palakkad enjoys a strength of 600 students, and over 100 staff members and offers courses in 8 disciplines including Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Computer science engineering.   Andhra Pradesh got IIT Tirupati in 2016; and in 2016, Chhattisgarh, Goa, J&K and Karnataka became states hosting an IIT each. 2016 also brought about the upgradation of the 1926 established Indian School of Mines was into Indian Institute of Technology (ISM), Dhanbad. To draw a comparison, we have 16 IITs in 63 years vs 7 IITs in 5 years.

7  Indian Institute of Management

With Indian leaders running some of the leading businesses worldwide, it would be rewarding for India to shape its young wisdom into some triumphant CEOs of the future. PM Modi acknowledged the call for greater focus toward building human resources. With this goal, the third generation of Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) were introduced and taken to Tier-II and Tier-III towns. After the establishment of India’s first IIM in  Kolkata, in 1961, pre-2014 India had a total of 13 such institutions built over a span of 54 years. Under Modi government, we have seen setting up of 7 new IIMs in less than five years. Based out of Nagpur, Amritsar, Bodhgaya, Sirmaur, Vishakhapattnam, Sambhalpur, and Jammu, the chain of institutions offers postgraduate and doctoral degrees, and has executive education programmes also.

15 Indian Institute of Information Technology

Stress has been on ‘Digital India’ since the wee hours of the Modi government’s coming into power. And digitalization of India won’t happen till the country is technology savvy, only a technically educated youth will form the backbone of such an economy. Here comes the need of IIITs. Would be misleading if we say the previous governments did nothing in this direction. After the first IIIT, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management in Gwalior was established in 1997, Indian education sector got 9 more additions to this series in the next 17 years. In the year 2014 there were 3 more addition to this chain, namely, IIT Una, IIT Sonepath, and IIT Kalyani and 12 more IIITs, with work in progress status, have been added to this series since then.

15 All India Institute of Medical Sciences

Though Indian doctors are renowned and trusted in first world countries, the doctor-to-patient ratio in India, owing to its massive population, is very low. To overcome this challenge in the tertiary sector, and to ensure enough doctors available to the patients in India as well as those who visit on medical purposes, the present government has announced 15 additional AIIMS to the existing list of 7 institutions established over 58 years. 3 new AIIMS set up during this government are up and running, and newer sites, spread countrywide, are either under construction or location finalization stages.

The idea here is, not to confine educational facilities to concentrated bounds of big cities; decentralize it instead. With higher educational institutions being set up in unusual and remote corners, the government indirectly creates job opportunities in the sector of transportation, lodging, and food for the locals in these areas. This, in other words, is Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.