The president of India Pranab Mukherjee has expressed deep concern over the quality of education prevalent in India at present. He spoke critically about both the quality of the education as well that of the educational institutes of India. As per his words, the current state and repute of the Indian educational institutes deeply agonizes him.
The president feels that none of the premier Indian institutes have match up to the repute and stature of universities with international acclaim like Oxford, Harvard or Stanford. Such a sordid fact in spite of the country boasting of quality institutes like IITs and IIMs makes the president see red over the educational scenario in the nation.
“It is very unfortunate that none of the central universities or even the IITs and IIMs are adjudged to be within the top 200 list of universities across the globe,” stated a saddened and remorseful Mukherjee.
His statements came while he was delivering his inaugural address at Central University of Rajasthan’s second convocation ceremony being held at Bandarsindri. The president was referring to the recently published report of the QS World University rankings. Notably, the reports do not hold the Indian Universities in good light much to the displeasure of Mukherjee.
Expressing his thoughts even further he also regretted the fact that India has not produced any indigenous Nobel Prize winner in the last 83 years. This means that no university of independent India has witnessed any moment where any of its home-grown and indigenously nurtured student has won a Nobel Prize for the nation’s glory and pride. All the four Indians who have won the Nobel Prize during this period were born in India but either studied in other nations or won the prize as citizens of other nations.
The president cited reasons like poor structure of education system, obsolete examination system, long term vacancy in various posts and lack of competitive attitude among educational institutes to be the prime reasons behind the current dilapidated state of the entire system.
Mukherjee also pointed out the initiatives that the government intends to take in order to revitalize the education scenario. The 12th Five-year plan witness an expenditure outlay of 1100 Billion Rupees which will be more than 2.5 times of the expenses incurred in the 11th Five-year plan. “It is expected that such initiatives will take the nation back to its glorious past when Universities par excellence like Taxila used to be a magnet for scholars around the world,” asserted Mukherjee.
Mukherjee also asked the educated and graduated youth of the nation to give contributions for the sake of the nation. He advocated that if the nation can invest in you, why will you not return the favour by doing a little something for its development even if not huge sacrifices?
The president also conducted the event by awarding students who topped their respective streams with gold medallions. The event was also graced by imminent personalities like Governor of Rajasthan Margaret Alva, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Union Minister of Corporate Affairs Sachin Pilot. The primordial tone of the meet set by all speakers was focussed on the improvement of education in India.