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Pranab wants better higher education

Bhubaneswar,Sep 7, 2013, DHNS: 1:16 IST
President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday laid stress on the need for improvement in the quality of higher education in the country.

He regretted that none of India’s frontline educational institutions, including Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), could find a place among the top universities and colleges in the world.

“As I speak to you, there are 639 universities and 33,000 higher education institutions in the country where 1.6 crore students are enrolled. However, on account of lack of quality education, none of these institutions have found a place in the list of top 200 universities and educational institutions in the world. We are lagging far behind the educational institutions in countries like Mexico, China and South Africa,” Mukherjee said while addressing students, scientists and academics at the second annual convocation of IIT-Bhubaneswar.

Recalling glorious days of the country’s education system, Mukherjee said higher education system was excellent in India, so much so that institutions like Nalanda and Taxila attracted students and educationists from across the globe.

He said quality teachers should be recruited for bringing about an academic revolution in the country. There should also be more student-friendly institutes, he said.

The president, who arrived here on Friday, drove straight to the temple town of Puri. Before returning to the city on Saturday, Mukherjee visited the Jagannath temple.

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