Jharkhand Working To Prevent School Dropouts
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Jharkhand was making a determined effort to make higher studies available for its students while focussing to prevent school dropout, Chief Minister Arjun Munda said today.

"The government's effort is to stop meritorious students from migrating to other states for better education by providing opportunities," Munda said here.

Munda, who was addressing in the presence of President Pratibha Patil at the 25th convocation ceremony of the Ranchi University, said steps have been already initiated in setting up higher technical institutions.

"The government is committed on quality education and (making the state) a centre of excellence," Munda added.

He, however, said the state was yet to achieve hundred per cent success in controlling school dropout rate.

"Though there are many factors behind that (in controlling dropout) the government has got good results by providing students with bicycles, healthcare facilities and nutritious food," he said.

Referring to Article 275 of the constitution that relates to tribal welfare, Munda said a large number of tribals and primitive tribals were yet to get total benefit from it vis-a-vis education.

The government would make efforts so that the 'deprived' in this category could get benefit.

Later addressing the audience at 'Khadi Gramudyog and Saras Mela', which was inaugurated by President Pratibha Patil, Chief Minister Arjun Munda said Jharkhand had set a goal of accomplishing 30 million tonne steel by 2015.

"Besides this goal, the state has also embarked to make the state an energy hub, setting to achieve 14000 MW in the next five years," he added.

Stating that the state was famous for Tussar silk, he said a target of 900 million tonne has been set to achieve by 2012 and 2000 MT by 2015.

Citing the 5th schedule of the Constitution which gives certain benefits to the tribals in the state, Munda said he was hopeful development in the tribal-populated Jharkhand would get full benefits as enshrined in that schedule.
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