Mukherjee calls for enhancing quality of basic education

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, May 3, 2017

President Pranab Mukherjee has reiterated his call for enhancing the quality of basic as well as applied research in institutions of higher learning in the country.
Speaking at the 8th convocation of the Lovely Professional University (LPU) here yesterday, the President said good placement records alone do not bear testimony to an institution's international ranking. For improving the quality of higher education in the country, it was necessary to give importance to nurturing intellectual capital in institutions.
Pointing out that the LPU has students from more than 50 countries, Mr Mukherjee said while this was a good achievement, one should not remain satisfied?.
India had been a world leader in higher education for more than 1300 years with famous Universities in Taxila and Nalanda. “It is time that all our institutions of higher learning once again strove to become magnets for mighty minds - students and faculty from all across the world. The trend of Indian students going abroad for higher studies will have to be reversed, and only then will our education system succeed,” he added.
The President said, in a nation of 1.3 billion people, 757 universities and more than 38,000 degree colleges is insufficient. More people require to have access to higher education. However, increasing numbers alone is not enough. It is essential that mind is applied to enhancing numbers with commensurate enhancement in the quality of education being offered.
He emphasised the importance of research and cross-fertilization of ideas in higher education institutions. “It is such a free flow of ideas from across the world that had led to the flowering of great diversity in India. This diversity is the key quality of our civilization,” he added.