The Co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, said on Thursday expressed his disappointment towards Indian education system about the country. In an interview with The Times of India, Gates said, “It should be far better. I don’t want to be critical, but I do want to create higher expectations about it.”
Gates added that he did not expect the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation developing into India’s education sector. He said that “We can’t do anything. Most of India’s own philanthropists have picked education as a high priority, and I’m very glad about that”. Commenting on the alliance with the Indian government to build toilets as part of the Swachh Bharat campaign, Gates said the major challenge was to get people to use the sanitation facilities available. “Part of our Swachh Bharat partnership with the government is to try and make sure that the toilets that are built are not so bad that you’d rather not use them,” he added.
The Microsoft co-founder also met Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday. The PTI reported that Singh had requested Gates to start health awareness programmes in India and concentrate on developing “model villages”. Their meeting holds importance as the Centre had canceled the license of Public Health Foundation of India, in which Gates is also one of the donors – in April. An unidentified spokesperson for the Gates Foundation, however, was quoted as saying by PTI that the matter was not discussed.