Press Esc to close
Wednesday 28 September 2016
News updated at 8:57 AM IST
Weather
Max: 28.6°C
Min : 20.5°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

PM promises measures to improve higher education

New Delhi, Feb 5, 2013 DHNS:

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said here on Tuesday that many higher educational institutions in the country were “simply not up to mark” and promised that the government would now lay stress on improving quality of education.

“We must recognise that too many of our higher educational institutions are simply not up to the mark. Too many of them have simply not kept abreast of the rapid changes that have taken place in the world around us in recent years, still producing graduates in subjects that the job market no longer requires,” Singh said while addressing a conference of central universities’ vice-chancellors here at Rashtrapati Bhavan.  

He said the government’s efforts to improve access to higher education in the country had shown results. The enrolment in higher education grew from 16.6 crore to 25.9 crore during the 11th Plan period. The Gross Enrolment Ratio for higher education went up from 12.3 percent in 2006-07 to 17.9 percent in 2011-12. “It is a sobering thought for us that not one Indian university figures in the top 200 Universities of the world today,” the Prime Minister, however, added.

Singh said it was necessary to further expand the higher education system in the country to cater to the growing demand.

“But, in recognition of the fact that expansion without quality serves little purpose, we will now give over-riding emphasis on quality,” he added.

The conference was hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee, who happens to be the visitor to central varsities, to discuss ways to further improve the access and quality of higher education in the country.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi during his Kisan Yatra in Lakhimpur...

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi during his Kisan Yatra in Lakhimpur...

Foreign tourists enjoy with the folk artists at Junagarh Fort on the World Tourism Day...

Foreign tourists enjoy with the folk artists at Junagarh Fort on the World Tourism Day...

Akshay Kumar with his mother-in-law actress Dimple Kapadia attending the music launch...

Akshay Kumar with his mother-in-law actress Dimple Kapadia attending the music launch...

Finalists of a dance reality show Ashish Das and Masoom Narzary perform at a show...

Finalists of a dance reality show Ashish Das and Masoom Narzary perform at a show...

Kejriwal is tied a turban during a programme on 110th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh...

Kejriwal is tied a turban during a programme on 110th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh...

Young girls pay floral tribute to Freedom Fighter Shaheed Bhagat Singh...

Young girls pay floral tribute to Freedom Fighter Shaheed Bhagat Singh...

School students pay tribute to Shaheed Bhagat Singh on his birth anniversary at a School...

School students pay tribute to Shaheed Bhagat Singh on his birth anniversary at a School...

President Barack Obama smiles as he wears a blanket that was presented to him....

President Barack Obama smiles as he wears a blanket that was presented to him....

Donald Trump shakes hands with Hillary Clinton following the presidential debate...

Donald Trump shakes hands with Hillary Clinton following the presidential debate...

Bill Clinton shakes hands with Melania Trump, wife of Donald Trump before the presidential debate...

Bill Clinton shakes hands with Melania Trump, wife of Donald Trump before the presidential debate...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523