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`Central law must to regulate admissions'

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The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh (right), at a function organised by the Department of Public Instruction to honour teachers as part of Teachers' Day in Bangalore on Sunday. — Photo: Murali Kumar K.

BANGALORE, SEPT. 5. The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, on Sunday reiterated that a Central legislation was necessary to regulate admissions to professional colleges.

Participating in a function held at the Shikshakara Sadan on Kempe Gowda Road here to honour 30 teachers from government primary and higher secondary schools on the occasion of Teachers' Day, Mr. Dharam Singh said that an all-party delegation had met senior Union Ministers, including the Human Resources Development Minister, Arjun Singh, and discussed the matter.

"A Central legislation is the only solution, and we are now awaiting the Centre's response," he added.

Mr. Dharam Singh said the Supreme Court recently approved the seat-sharing agreement between the Government and private medical and dental college managements. "Counselling will start on Thursday," he added.

`Nation builders'

He said teachers had a unique responsibility. They were `nation builders". "The nation needs citizens with national character. And it is up to you to inspire today's students who will be tomorrow's citizens." The Government would support teachers in that direction.

Referring to the demands for better salary and housing facilities by teachers, Mr. Dharam Singh said that he would direct the Principal Secretary, Education, to look into them.

"As the Chief Minister I assure you that your problems will be dealt with, because education is important for the progress of a State and its people," he said

The Government was determined to help children in rural areas with good education. The Akshara Dasoha Scheme launched by the previous Government had succeeded in bringing down the dropout rate. More funds would be earmarked for the scheme this year, he said.

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