Category: Higher Education

PM Calls for Enhancing the Input of Intellectual Thinktanks in Policy Frameworks

PM Calls for Enhancing the Input of Intellectual Thinktanks in Policy Frameworks

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressing at the releasing of a book titled “Getting India Back on Track” ‘An Action Agenda for Reform’, in New Delhi on June 08, 2014. The Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence, Shri Arun Jaitley is also seen.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today said "the input of intellectual think tanks" should be substantially enhanced for better policy frameworks.

The Prime Minister released the book, "Getting India Back on track – an action agenda for reform", in a function at 7, Race Course Road, New Delhi today. The book is edited by Bibek Debroy, Ashley Tellis and Reece Trevor, and published by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Universities should be actively involved in research and analysis of the developmental process, to contribute in the best possible way for policy-related decisions, Shri Modi said.

He said, in infrastructure, the focus needs to shift from highways to "i-ways", and optical fibre networks. He said cities in the past were built on river-banks. They are now built along highways. But in future, they will be built, based on availability of optical-fibre networks and next-generation infrastructure.

The Prime Minister said urbanization should not be treated as a problem, but as an opportunity. If we have to generate employment and change for the better, we plan to build 100 smart cities.

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President of India at the 14th Convocation of Manipur University Calls Upon the Youth to Join Hands in Forging the Future of Nation

President of India at the 14th Convocation of Manipur University Calls Upon the Youth to Join Hands in Forging the Future of Nation

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressing on the occasion of the 14th Convocation of Manipur University, at Canchipur, in Imphal, Manipur on April 29, 2014.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attended the 14th Convocation of Manipur University on April 29, 2014 at Canchipur.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that Manipur is a beautiful state that has excelled nationally and internationally in the fields of art, culture and sports. India is proud of the achievements made by the young men and women of Manipur and looks forward to them bringing more glory to our country in the future. It is important that all people, especially, the youth of Manipur recognize that economy and society can flourish only in an atmosphere free from violence. No problem is ever resolved by violence. Violence only aggravates the pain and the hurt on every side. He called upon the youth of Manipur to join hands with the youth of the rest of the country in forging the future of our nation.

The President said India is today a nation on the move. In every field of activity – be it business, industry, trade, education or culture, our billion plus people are marching vigorously forward led by the ideas, enterprise and energy of our predominantly young population. The emerging India offers enormous opportunities for the youth of Manipur. He appealed to the youth of Manipur 'Let the dark days of violence and conflict be left behind. Let a new dawn emerge. Let us move ahead with faith in our collective future'. He assured that the Government of India and the State Government of Manipur are determined and duty bound to ensure that every Manipuri lives with dignity and has equal rights and opportunities.

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Vice Chancellor's Conference in New Delhi with President Shri Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh

Vice Chancellor’s Conference in New Delhi with President Shri Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee and the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh at the Conference of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi on February 06, 2014. The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju and the Ministers of State for Human Resource Development, Shri Jitin Prasada and Dr. Shashi Tharoor are also seen.

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee and the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh at the Conference of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi on February 06, 2014. The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju and the Ministers of State for Human Resource Development, Shri Jitin Prasada and Dr. Shashi Tharoor are also seen.

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Autonomy to Colleges Being Implemented Says Human Resources Development Minister, Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju

The scheme of Autonomous Colleges is being implemented by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to provide autonomy to select colleges. This was stated by the Human Resources Development Minister, Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju in the Lok Sabha Today. As per the latest XIIth plan guidelines, once a college attains the status of an Autonomous College, it is entitled for following privileges: have freedom to determine and prescribe their own courses of study and syllabi, restructure and redesign the courses to suit local needs; prescribe rules for admission in consonance with the reservation policy of the state government; evolve methods of assessment of students' performance, the conduct of examinations and notification of results; use modern tools of educational technology to achieve higher standards and greater creativity; promote healthy practices such as community service; extension activities, projects for the benefit of the society at large, neighbourhood programmes etc.

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Vice President Delivers Annual Convocation Address on "Challenges in Higher Education" at University of Lucknow

Vice President Delivers Annual Convocation Address on “Challenges in Higher Education” at University of Lucknow

The Vice President, Shri Mohd. Hamid Ansari addressing at the Annual Convocation of the University of Lucknow, in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Uttar Pradesh on January 09, 2014.

The Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari has said that our system turns out nearly seven lakh science and engineering graduates every year. On the other hand, industry surveys show that only 25 percent of these are employable without further training. The picture is more dismal in other disciplines if a recent, non-official, employability report is to be believed. The conclusion is inescapable that the demographic dividend that is likely to last till 2040 may well be in danger of becoming a liability if comprehensive correctives on quality covering students, faculty and teaching, research and assessment standards are not forthcoming very quickly. Delivering Annual Convocation Address on 'The Challenge in Higher Education' at the University of Lucknow, at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh today, he has said that it is thus evident that we confront multiple crises that relate to the input, the process, and the output. What is the purpose, and comprehension level, of those who enter institutions of higher education? Does the teaching process enhance these levels meaningfully? Does the outcome contribute to the requisite 21st century skills on the one hand and on the other to the research and innovation requirements?

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"Students Are The Bright Future of the Nation" - President's New Year Message to Students and Faculty

“Students Are The Bright Future of the Nation” – President’s New Year Message to Students and Faculty

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee delivering New Year Message to the students and Faculty of Central Universities, IITs, NITs and other Institutions through Video Conferencing using National Knowledge Network at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on January 7, 2014.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, as the Visitor of Central Universities, IITs, NITs, IISERs and other central institutions, delivered a New Year Message through Video Conferencing and webcasting to the students, faculty members and academic fraternity using National Knowledge Network from Rashtrapati Bhavan today (January 7, 2014).

Addressing the students, the President said students are the bright future of the nation. The extent of India's progress will be decided by their energy, drive, initiative and industry. He said "Understand our nation and its institutions. Read, learn and formulate views on national issues. Choose to engage with our beautiful, complex, often difficult and sometimes noisy democracy. Understand your rights and duties well, especially towards those who are less fortunate. The voiceless deserve your voice; the weak deserve your strength; and the needy deserve your help. Make the best use of your knowledge in the service of the nation and its citizens".

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