President Pranab Mukherjee has expressed concern over the poor standards of higher educational institutes in India as compared to international standards.
Saddened with the absence of any Indian institute in the list of top 200 universities prepared by grading organisations, the President said that despite the presence of over 720 universities, 37,000 degree colleges and 11,000 polytechnic institutes, the standards of higher education institutes remained ‘abysmally low’.
The President said that a culture of excellence must be promoted in higher academic institutions and core competencies must be nurtured. He also laid emphasis on the industry and academia tie up to create the right synergies and environment for industrial growth and industrial excellence and said that academic cooperation with institutions must also be encouraged.
He was addressing a gathering at the inauguration of the first Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) of the country at Shibpur, Howrah, West Bengal on August 24.