Despite the better global achievement of some India Universities in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2018, President Pranab Mukherjee seemed anxious about the quality of education in the country as he expressed his happiness about the better performance of the universities in the world rankings.
Mukherjee said that he was extremely happy to find that 3 Indian institutions, IIT Delhi and IISc Bangalore, and IIT Bomaby made it to the list of 200 best global universities. In terms of infrastructure, Indian higher education sector has made a considerable amount of improvement while the quality of education in many institutions is still a matter of concern.
"In ancient times, we had renowned seats of higher learning - Nalanda, Takshashila, Vikramashila, Valabhi, Somapura and Odantapuri that dominated the world higher education system for eighteen hundred years beginning sixth century BC.
Scholars from around the globe flocked to these centers of learning in search of knowledge. A reverse scenario exists today.
Many meritorious Indian students pursue their higher studies from foreign universities. Our higher learning institutions are capable of producing world-class scholars but lose them to foreign universities," he said expressing concern at the trend," said the President.
The President has always believed that the Indian Universities standard is far superior than suggested by the rankings.
"A high rank can boost the morale of the academic and student communities, open greater avenues of growth and placement for students, help attract the best faculty from across the world and provide a benchmark for continuous quality enhancement," Mukherjee said.