Education is what will determine how fast India joins the ranks of leading nations of the world, said President Pranab Mukherjee while addressing the valedictory session of the 12th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.
Emphasizing on the growth of global standard of educational institutions in the country President said that only education can bring India its next golden age. He stressed upon putting a quality education system in place to attain a growth rate of nine percent per year, as has been envisaged during the 12th Five Year Plan period. He further added that educational institutes in the country should focus more on research and development and pursue greater international linkages by collaborating with foreign universities and to invite the best of faculties from across the world to teach in these institutions. Enrollment to higher education institutions in the country has increased from 1.39 crore in 2006-07 to 2.18 crore in 2011-12. India has today 659 degree-awarding institutions and 33,023 colleges. Despite the rise in the number of higher education institutes, India has very few institutes of global standards. President also said that innovation is the key area India should focus and both industry and higher education institutes should give special emphasis on research.
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