Stressing upon the need to have a holistic vision for boosting quality in higher education system in the country, President Ram Nath Kovind has urged the educational institutions to address existing gaps within the edu-ecosystem of the country.
“Even today, 46,144 students from 166 countries are studying in India. The breadth of Indian higher education is appreciable. However, the fact is that there are still gaps in quality which deter the country from attaining world-class excellence,” the President said while delivering a speech at the 15th convocation ceremony of the Symbiosis International University.
The President said the Government has taken a decision to promote and support 20 institutions of higher education as ‘institutes of eminence‘ to grant them recruitment and curricula flexibility to reach best-in-class global standards.
Lauding the girls’ performance in higher education, he said that as the President he made a conscious effort to visit universities and educational institutions across the country to meet and interact with students and future thought leaders of the country.
“One of my findings has been that the academic performance of girl students tends to exceed that of boys. Today too, of the nine gold medals awarded at this convocation, six have gone to graduating girls. This is commendable and a happy sign for our society,” he said during the ceremony held on Tuesday.
Urging students to use education to help fellow citizens, the President added, “Your education gives you responsibility to help those less-privileged and less-fortunate how you choose to do this is entirely up to you. But remember that your empathy for fellow citizens is as much a test of your scholarship as your mark-sheet or your degree.”