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Rashtrapati Bhavan : 13.05.2013

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attended the Closing Ceremony of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Pandu College today (May 13, 2013) at Guwahati.

  • The Closing Ceremony of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations

Speaking on the occasion, the President said our higher education system rests on the pillars of accessibility, affordability and quality. There has been a phenomenal increase in our higher education institutions. We now have over 650 degree awarding institutions and over 33,000 colleges in the country. Despite this, there is a gap of quantity as well as quality.

The President said the National Knowledge Commission had referred to the declining standards of higher education as a ‘quiet crisis that runs deep’. We must aim at taking at least a few of our academic institutions into the global top league.

  • The Closing Ceremony of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations

The President said there should be greater use of technology to fulfill the unmet demands of higher education. The National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology is an important initiative. It promotes collaborative information sharing by enabling the transmission of important lectures to students studying in institutes situated far off from urban areas.

The President said functioning in many of educational institutions is hampered by lack of teachers. Many faculty positions are lying vacant in our colleges and universities. While filling up vacancies should be high on priority, we must introduce innovative technological solutions like e-classrooms to tide over this crisis.

  • The Closing Ceremony of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations

The President said we must revitalize research and development in our country. Research is unfortunately not a preferred option, accounting for less than 0.4 per cent of our higher education student population. There is a need to promote a healthy environment for research.

This release issued at 1920 hrs