Of late, President Pranab Mukherjee has raised concerns
about the nose diving standards on education in the country. On Thursday, he
again expressed his views on the topic. He contended that we must look into the
issue of depleting standards of higher education in the country sooner rather
He was quoted as saying during the event, "The quality
of education has a direct co-connection with comprehensive growth and
development. Raising economies are facing the challenge of meeting the
developmental goals of their citizens that must build an educational system
comparable to the best in the world. A serious discourse on how to address the
quality concerns in higher education should, therefore, begin at the
While making his presence felt at the esteemed Times Higher
Education 'BRICS and Emerging Economies' Universities" Summit, the
President said that the country's education system must evolve to complement
the global demands.
He also said, "The main University Commission of
autonomous India, famously known as the Radhakrishnan Commission of 1948,
pointed out that colleges need 'world-mindedness and national opinions'. In the
recent times, there has been a developing enthusiasm for world-class colleges
amongst researchers, institutional administrators and policy makers".
According to him, some of the best known rankings in the world
give high preference to the research yield and international outlook of the university
before awarding it points based on different criteria. He urged the Indian institutions
to focus on quality research in order to be recognized as the top institutions in
He pointed out that, "Some of them are great faculty
members, commendable students, an empowering teaching learning environment, an
abnormal state of resource accessibility, sound infrastructure, and presence of
impressive self-rule and strong governance structure. Presence of these
elements in an institution would naturally reflect in higher global rankings".
"It is my firm conviction that there are numerous
higher education institutions in India that can possibly get to be one of the
best in the world," said the President, expressing his optimism.
He warned that in a number of situations, the world rankings
don't do justice to the ground realities in different nations.