ITANAGAR, July 20 - Lok Sabha MP from Arunachal Pradesh Ninong Ering has urged the Centre to give due importance to the universities of North East while selecting institutions of eminence.
�The concept of balanced regional development has been ignored in the IOE selection process, and such discrimination will result in chaotic downfall of education standard in the region,� Ering said in a letter to Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday.
�The Northeastern region has a number of universities which are doing well, and they need to be given greater impetus to promote education,� Ering said.
Giving NE universities the IOE status would have encouraged industrialists and foreign educational institutions to come to this region and set up vocational/technical universities, he said.
This could have provided necessary skills, improved the education quality, and possibly reversed the brain drain from the region, he said. � PTI