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Old 06-Jun-2008
Goa plans education hubs as foreign schools eye state

MARGAO: Goan students desiring degrees and diplomas from abroad, may not have to travel out of the state.

Some prestigious educational institutions are looking at setting up centres in the state and the Goa government has identified 80 lakh square metres of land, 40 lakh each in north and south to develop into educational estates.

Chairman of the Goa Education Development Corporation, M K Shaikh said, "several prominent education institutes from within the country have approached the corporation to set up their institutions in Goa." Some of the institutes that have shown an interest are Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences and Sashcaze Institute both from Canada, and Dr Vikhe Patil Foundation Centre for Management Research and Development from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra.

The corporation has also developed a data bank of some 500 educational institutes including universities from all over the world.

The corporation will work out the modalities of entering into understandings with the educational institutes. Once the foreign institutes set up their branches in Goa, not just students from Goa but those from other parts of the country seeking higher education in different fields can study in the state itself. The centres will have residential facilities for students as an integral aspect of the education centres.

Dhargal in the north and Salcette taluka in the south are the preferred choices to be developed as education estates. Shaikh said the land will be acquired by the corporation and said, "we will insert the urgency clause to facilitate the acquisition process for the ambitious project to take off." Hopefully, said Shaikh, this being an absolutely non-polluting service sector with a vast potential for employment and with long term implications for value addition, the government won't face protests from any quarter.

Every year 200 new students apply for loans while there are an estimated 400 renewal applications for loans amounting to five to six crore rupees. Every year around 25 students from the state go abroad as well to different countries like Australia (management courses), Russia (medicine), Switzerland (hotel management) and Scotland. The corporation has done a detailed viability study of the proposed project.

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