Lack in innovation, quality research biggest challenges for nation: Prakash Javadekar

Prakash Javadekar

Lack in innovation and quality research is the foremost challenge for the country, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Friday.

“It is time to show India’s prowess to the world in the field of education. The country hosts many world- class educators who are working in silos and they need to break walls and come forward to share their knowledge,” Javadekar said, while chairing a three-day national conference of vice-chancellors from across the country.

“Lack in innovation and quality research is the foremost challenge before the country. Quality expansion and teaching reform is the need of the hour,” the minister said.

Stressing on the need for urgently addressing the issue of plagiarism becoming rampant in research submitted by Indian PhD scholars, Javadekar said, “A software has been developed which will be made available to all universities to stop plagiarism and will be available free of cost on the UGC website”.

The minister further emphasised on creating a positive and lively environment to enhance the quality of education in all central and private universities.

“It has been found that many Indians, including few parliamentarians, are among the world’s top teachers and the country should make the best use of such resources,” he added.

On the occasion, the minister also released a report on the status of higher education institutions which revealed that enrolment of female students at institutions of national importance needed to be improved. According to the report, the total enrolment in higher education has been pegged at 36.6 million, of which 17.4 million are girl students. “Girls constitute 47.6 per cent of the enrolment,” stated the report for 2017-18.

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