Human Resource Development Minister M.M. Pallam Raju Monday called for strengthening linkages between academia and the industry to create an enabling environment for more research in the country.
"There is a need for industry and the academia to work together for strengthening linkages in creating an enabling environment, so that participants can work together towards more enabling research and for strengthening and making our companies more competitive," Raju told reporters on the sidelines of a Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) event here.
"There is also a need for creating capacity building for research. There is a need for creating capacity for skilling and upgrading the curriculum. This hand-holding has to come from the industry in guiding academic institutions in strengthening curriculum and other facilities," he said.
On the expiry of the deadline for implementation of the Right to Education Act (RTE) in schools, Raju asked the states to act tough on non-compliant schools.
He also said the government is working on enhancing capacity of those schools which have implemented the RTE.