Category: Higher Education

India-U.S. Higher Education Dialogue

The India-U.S. Higher Education Dialogue was held at New Delhi today (17 November, 2014). This Dialogue was Co-Chaired by Mr. Satya N. Mohanty, Secretary, Higher Education, Ministry for Human Resource Development, India and Mr. Richard Stengel, U.S.Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. This was the third Dialogue in a row, after the first one held in Washington in June 2012 and the second one in New Delhi in June 2013.

The Dialogue explored various forms of collaboration between the two countries, especially in the fields of development of community colleges, massive open online courses, student and faculty exchange and skill development. The two sides reiterated the importance of the Higher Education Dialogue to promote enhanced opportunities for student and scholar mobility and faculty collaboration between the United States and India, including our ongoing collaboration on community colleges, improvement of workforce training, expansion of research and teaching exchanges, collaboration on education technology and innovation, and industry-academia linkages in higher education.

A Meeting of Joint Task Force on Community Colleges was also held prior to the India-U.S. Higher Education Dialogue and both the sides affirmed the importance of ongoing community college collaborations to meet Prime Minister Modi’s National skills development goals. The Task Force on Community Colleges discussed a plan for implementation of the recently concluded Memorandum of Understanding signed between the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

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President of India Calls Upon Universities to Create the Right Environment for Promoting Entrepreneurship

President of India Calls Upon Universities to Create the Right Environment for Promoting Entrepreneurship

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressing at the 14th Convocation of The University of Jammu, in Jammu on September 01, 2014.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attended the 14th Convocation of University of Jammu today (September 1, 2014) at Jammu.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said universities today need to become drivers of innovation. Their focus should be on collaborative relationships with industry and Government. Entrepreneurial activities in the universities could take various forms such as contract research, consultancy, patenting, licensing, spin outs, start-ups, incubating companies etc. It is essential that Universities create the right environment for promoting entrepreneurship amongst students as well as academicians.

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President of India Underlines Importance of Quality Education

President of India Underlines Importance of Quality Education

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee unveiled the plaque to inaugurate the New Building of Domkal Girls College, at Domkal, in West Bengal on August 23, 2014.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has underlined the importance of quality education starting from primary to post graduate level and necessity of women education for overall socio economic progress.

The President was addressing a gathering following the inauguration of a new building of Domkal Girls’ College at Domkal in Murshidabad district of West Bengal today (August 23, 2014).

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PM Narendra Modi Exhorts IITs to Provide Innovative Solutions to Problems Faced by Common People

PM Narendra Modi Exhorts IITs to Provide Innovative Solutions to Problems Faced by Common People

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attending the Conference of Chairmen of Boards of Governors and the Directors of Indian Institutes of Technology, in New Delhi on August 22, 2014. The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani are also seen.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today called upon IITs to provide innovative solutions to problems faced by common people in their day-to-day life.

The Prime Minister was addressing a Conference of Chairmen of Boards of Governors, and Directors of IITs at Rashtrapati Bhawan. "Science is universal. Technology must be local," the Prime Minister said, calling upon IITs to give projects related to local needs and requirements to their students, so that they can find innovative solutions as they pursue their studies. He said this would lead to a positive change in the quality of life of people, besides instilling a sense of "service" towards the nation, among the bright young minds at IITs. "How can IITs teach our students the science of thinking and the art of living," the Prime Minister said.

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President Calls on Council of IITs to Draw Up a Roadmap for Governance in Line with Global Practices

President Calls on Council of IITs to Draw Up a Roadmap for Governance in Line with Global Practices

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee during the Conference of Chairmen of Boards of Governors and the Directors of Indian Institutes of Technology, in New Delhi on August 22, 2014. The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani and other dignitaries are also seen.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a one day conference of Chairmen, Board of Governors and Directors of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (August 22, 2014).

Speaking on the occasion, the President described IITs as knowledge leaders of the nation and urged them to explore how quality of education can be improved. He said there is need for soul searching on what is holding back good governance in institutes of higher learning. If our institutes of higher learning are to compete with the best in the world, governance of these institutes must be comparable to the best in the world. He called upon the Council of IIT’s to draw up a roadmap for governance in line with the best global practices and implement it without any delay.

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Promoting Institutions of Higher Education in India

It is the endeavour of the Central Government to promote and develop all institutions of higher education and bring them at par with global standards. Many of the central institutions like Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and Central Universities (CUs) have in fact achieved remarkable successes in terms of quality of teaching, learning and research.

Higher Education is the joint responsibility of the Central and State Governments. While the Central Educational Institutions are adequately funded and maintained by the Central Government, many State Institutions have not been able to receive adequate funding from the State Governments. The Central Government has launched a Centrally Sponsored Scheme namely Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) during the XIIth Plan to enhance funding and incentivize reforms in State Higher Educational Institutions.

Under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of RUSA, the overall quality of existing State higher educational institutions is sought to be improved by ensuring their conformity to prescribed norms and standards and adoption of accreditation as a mandatory quality assurance framework. One of the component of RUSA, which seeks to support and reform the state higher education system, is providing funding for Research, Innovation and Quality improvement based on the State’s Research and Innovation Plan.

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Institutes of Higher Learning are the Cradle of Future Administrators and Policy Makers, says the President

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressed the faculty and students of 1172 Central Universities/Institutions from Rashtrapati Bhavan through National Knowledge Network today (August 5, 2014) on commencement of the academic year.

Addressing the students, the President said a sound education system is the bedrock of an enlightened society. Our institutes of higher learning are the cradle of future administrators and policy makers. The seeds of progressive thinking have to be sown and nurtured here. Core civilizational values of love for motherland; performance of duty; compassion for all; tolerance for pluralism; respect for women; honesty in life; self-restraint in conduct, responsibility in action and discipline have to be inculcated in these institutions.

Speaking on the topic of ‘Democracy and Governance’, the President said our Constitution is a living document which has evolved with time and within its spacious provisions accommodated the changing needs of a growing democracy. It is a constant reminder of our civilizational values, which we at times tend to forget. We will do well to remind ourselves, at least occasionally, that these values are sacrosanct in the functioning of our democracy.

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