Published On: Tue, May 28th, 2013

President expresses his concern over quality of private universities in country

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MaharajaThe President of India, Pranab Mukherjee has called for encouragement of private sector for expanding the higher education sector in the country. While at the same time he asked private varsities to improve service delivery, ensure minimum benchmark and promote excellence.

“The private should be encouraged to play an important role in expanding higher education in our country. International experience shows private sector and Alumni participation being behind the success of top universities like Harvard, Yale and Stanford,” he said while inaugurating Maharaja Agrasen University in Himachal Pradesh.

The President said that even today, private institutions account for nearly 60 per cent of the total enrolment in our country but there is a need for better management to improve service delivery, ensure minimum benchmark and promote excellence.

“We have adopted a strategy of high economic growth to mitigate poverty and ensure development touching the lives of all citizens. Our economic progress will rely increasingly on the knowledge economy. It is crucial that the knowledge-based sectors like information technology, bio-technology, architecture, management, accountancy and law are equipped with competent personnel. I am hopeful that this University will be able to set new benchmarks in professional education,” he added.