Private institutions exploiting parents,alleges Chinta Former union Minister Chinta ohan on Tuesday said that the rural education system was bogged down by mushrooming of private institutions and weakening of the government schools and colleges. “Besides collecting heavy fee and donations, the private institutions are also exploiting the rural parents by making promises of admissions in premier institutes and placements,” He said that though there were thousands of engineering colleges in the country, the unemployment rate was alarming. Instead of treating the Industrial Training Institutes, polytechnics and vocational training centres as separate entities, they should be merged with the engineering colleges. He said that focus should be laid on setting up of more number of skill development centres in the rural areas for the benefit of rural youth. The anganwadi education system requires premier importance as at this age that the children need the best foundation,” he said. He said that voluntary organisations and donors should come forward in large numbers to support the rural schools in the areas of infrastructure. IMA senior functionary Krishna Prashanti im memory of her mother Satojini a renowned physician donated lab equipment worth 2 Lakh.