Expressing concern about the quality of higher education in the country, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that even Indian premier institutions do not figure among the best in the world.
Addressing the Diamond Jubilee function of the University Grants Commission (UGC), he pointed out the shortage of faculty in universities and colleges. He emphasized on the need for more research and enhancing the number and quality of doctoral programmes in universities. He further added that inter-disciplinary perspective is a must for research and should become a part of the culture of Indian universities. He also stressed upon the need for strengthening the university-industry interface to give a boost to research and development. He asked academics to make a detailed study of how this interface works in other countries so that the best international practices can be replicated in India.
On the same occasion, Union Minister for Human Resource Development M.M. Pallam Raju stated that a special drive would be undertaken to make teaching and research an attractive career option and announced the setting up of chairs in various universities in the name of Indian Nobel laureates.
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