President asks private sector to contribute to higher education

Even as India had grown in leaps and bounds in terms of infrastructure in the higher education sector, there was a still a gap that needed to be bridged, both in material and non-material terms, said the President Pranab Mukherjee as part of his inaugural address at the School of Commerce and Economics at the Loyola College in Nungambakkam.
The president made a fervent appeal to the academic community to strive towards creating a culture of excellence and promote innovation in the universities. He also called on the private sector and individuals to come forward and help in building institutions of excellence and innovation in all fields. Encouraging the academicians the president said, “We have the best of students and teachers. All that is needed is coordination and focused efforts. We must develop our colleges and universities into world class academic institutions. A culture of excellence should be promoted with determination and consistency”.
Underlining that the true development entails composite development of the nation with progress touching all sectors and regions, he further added that greater emphasis should be given to developing suitable grassroots technologies for empowering rural population.

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