Phagwara, May 03: President Pranab Mukherjee has stressed upon enhancing the quality of basic as well as applied research in institutions of higher learning in India. He was speaking at 8th Convocation of the Lovely Professional University (LPU) at Phagwara of Punjab on Tuesday.
Pranab da recalled that India, with its Universities in Taxila and Nalanda, had been a world leader in higher education for more than 1300 years. It was a 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.
Pointing out that the LPU has students from more than 50 Countries, the President said while this was a good achievement, one couldn't be satisfied with just this.
The President stated that good placement records alone do not bear testimony to an institution's international ranking, he stressed that for the quality of higher education in the country to improve, it was necessary that importance is given to nurturing intellectual capital in institutions.
The President said in a nation of 1.3 billion people, 757 Universities, and more than 38,000-degree colleges are insufficient. More people require having 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.
The President emphasized the importance of research and cross-fertilization of ideas in higher education institutions. He said it was such a free flow of ideas from across the world that had led to a flowering of great diversity in India. This diversity was the key quality of our civilization.