President Pranab Mukherjee recently pointed out that a knowledge society cannot be built without attaining a quality of education. The President further added that the nation cannot assume its rightful place in the comity of nations without building a knowledge society.
The President pointed out that there is a ‘Huge Dearth’ in the quality of education despite the presence of Top-Ranked Institutes such as NITs and IITs.
The President pointed out that there is a need to reverse the flow of Indian students to Oversees Institutions. The President added that the reversal of flow has to be initiated from the primary level and cannot be only achieved in the Universities alone.
The President added that every year, more than 60,000 students move abroad for pursuing higher education in Top-Ranked Universities. He added that there is a need to reverse the flow. A brief description of his comments are given below :
I. IITs and NITs are Remarkable in Campus Recruitment
The President added that the NITs and IITs are outstanding as far as the campus placement is concerned. The President further added that there are 732 Universities and 36,000 degree colleges in the country.
II. “Huge Dearth” as far as Quality of Education is concerned
- Addressing an event where National Teachers Awards were vested upon 364 school teachers from across the nation, the President added that despite having all the adequate infrastructure, there is a huge deficiency as far as the quality of education is concerned
- The President added that the nation cannot attain its correct place in the comity of nations without building the knowledge society
III. India was the leader of Higher Education in the Past
Right from the 6th Century B.C. to 12 Century A.D., India had been at the forefront in terms of Higher education. Indian Universities attracted intellectual minds from across the Globe in the form of teachers and students.
IV. Primary and Secondary Education lays the Cornerstone of Higher Education
The President added that Primary and Secondary Education acts as the cornerstone for Higher Education.
Addressing the event, the President added that he had paid visit to 114 Central institutions, comprising 30 NITs, 16 IITs, 45 Universities and Management Institutions.
HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar also attended the event.
Holding similar perception as Mukherjee, HRD Minister added that although 27 crore students were admitted in different Institutions and education has become more accessible, the biggest challenge before the Centre is to facilitate quality education.
Is The President right about this? Does India need more quality education institutes?
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