Mohali, Sep 27 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday said it was time for Punjab to claim its rightful place in contributing to the country's knowledge economy.
Laying the foundation stone of the Indian Institute Of Science Education And Research (IISER) here, the prime minister said while the endeavour of the government was to ensure primary education for all, there was also need to set up institutes like IISER.
The Rs.5-billion institute would be set up here, 10 km from Chandigarh, and would have academic and research facilities for post-graduate and doctoral levels.
He said the government was open to attracting investment from all sources for strengthening the university system in the country.
On the occasion, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Punjab government and the Public Health Foundation of India for the setting up of the first of the five national institutes of public health here.
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