Published On: Mon, Sep 17th, 2012

President says no Indian University in top 200 is a matter of concern

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Pranab Mukherjee

President of India  has expressed concern over the recently released global rankings for higher education (QS Rankings). While attending the 58th annual convocation of IIT-Kharagpur, Mukherjee said premier higher education institutes in the country must step-up their efforts to join the elite list of global institutes.

“I must convey my sense of dismay on seeing a recent report that not a single Indian university, including the premier Indian Institutes of Technologies (IITs), featuring in the 200 top-rated universities in the world. You may question the report but for me the important question is why are we – a rising economic superpower – not able to promote our standards to be rated indisputably among the top 10 or even top 50 or 100.

While welcoming IIT-Kharagpur’s ‘Vision 2020’ – to be in top 20 global education institutes by the year 2020, Mukherjee urged other premier Indian educational institutes to follow suit. He also stressed on the need for adaptation and application of new technology to Indian conditions and requirement.

Pranab shared that to realise our true potential it is necessary to start now with the urgent task of developing in our students a scientific temperament. It is necessary to design and develop, without delay, advance technology at competitive cost which would be a boon for our industry, trade and commercial sectors. There must be more collaborations, exchanges and cross-pollination of ideas with the best minds in India and abroad and asked the IITs to take the lead in ensuring continuous revitalisation of institutions through research, experimentation and innovation, he added.