Bhopal — Speaking at a ceremony marking the inauguration of the first Leeds Met India campus in the state capital, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday called for greater private sector participation to enhance the quality and universality of higher education.
Chouhan, who inaugurated the center on the outskirts of the city, recalled the glob ally renowned ancient universities of Taxila and Nalanda, but added that it was no longer possible for the government alone to conduct all courses.
He said that in this age of liberalization and globalization, the presence of the Leeds Met India, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK campus in the state capital will catalyze the enhancement of academic standards across the region.
Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh presided over the inaugural function.
Academic Director of the Leeds University Prof. F. Clement and International Dean Prof. A. Johns were special guests on the occasion.
Prominent among those in attendance were Minister for Urban Administration and Development Babulal Gaur, Minister for Water Resources Jayant Malaiya and Minister of State for Forests, Rajendra Shukla.
The campus is all set to commence International Business, Business Studies, Business and management, Business and H.R.M., Retail Marketing Management and International Hospitality Business Management programs.
Three undergraduate and five postgraduate programs will be introduced around the same time next year.
Addressing the gathering, Digvijay Singh said that the internationally reputed degree to be provided by the Leeds Metropolitan University will brighten the prospects of international employment for the students studying at the center.