Union minister of state for human resource development Upendra Kushwaha on Thursday announced that Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad, would soon get the much-awaited IIT status and underlined the Centre's commitment towards improving overall standard of education in Jharkhand.
"ISM deserves to get an IIT status. I also support this demand. There is no if or but on this issue," said Kushwaha, who was in Bokaro steel city to attend the 27th annual sports day of DPS School.
Stressing on the need for more quality higher education institutions in the state, the Union minister said the lack of good cradles for higher studies had been driving students out of Jharkhand.
"Jharkhand is one of the most underdeveloped states in the country and its situation is no better in the field of education. There are very few quality higher education institutes, including engineering and medical. After completing the plus-II, students move to others states in search of better colleges and universities, creating a manpower crunch in Jharkhand," Kushwaha said while talking toThe Telegraph.
Asked if the Centre had any special plan to provide the much-need impetus to the education sector in Jharkhand, the HRD minister pointed out that it was for the state government, led by Raghubar Das, to prepare proposals for setting up quality higher educational institutes and send them to the central government.
"I will personally see to it thatfeasibleproposals are accepted without wasting any time. I promise all help from the Centre but the stategovernmentwill have to take initiative for the benefit of the people of Jharkhand," he added.
Showering praises on DPS school, Kushwaha said the cradle was seriously implementing all central government programmes - be it empowering women through skill development training, providing free education to poor children or Clean Indian Mission.
"Prime minister Narendra Modi wants that no one remains illiterate.Every child has gotthe merit but if one does not get an opportunity to study,how can he succeed," he added.