Pranab laments lack of quality higher education

Jun 30, 2014 by

President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday expressed regret that many higher education institutions in the country lacked the quality to produce graduates for global markets and no Indian university featured in the top-200 list.

The president called for quality teachers and good governance practices coupled with faster and transparent decision-making for building institutions with class.

He said this could be achieved by induction of reputed alumni into the governance mechanism of the institutions.

Calling for a concerted effort to develop a wide-ranging partnership with the industry, he said: “An institutional arrangement for industry-academia interface is essential to explore the contours of collaboration like sponsorship of research endowments and chairs, and conduct of internship programmes.”

“Faculty is the bedrock of education. The quality of teachers determines educational standards. Several measures are required for faculty development,” Mukherjee said while addressing the convocation ceremony of Devi Ahilya Vishwavidayalaya here.

Advocating hiring of overseas talented faculty, he said: “Talented faculty from abroad must be hired to inject new thinking and diversity in academic approach.”

Pointing to the serious situation that prevailed in higher education, the president said two-thirds of the country’s population was below 35 years of age, yet only 20 percent of them were enrolled in institutions of higher education.

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