Category: Higher Education

Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani Holds Retreat with Directors and Chairmen of 16 IITS

Union HRD Minister Smt. Smriti Irani asked the Directors and Chairmen of IITs to come up with strategies for making the country both manpower ready and teacher ready. Smt. Irani held a Retreat with Directors and Chairmen of 16 IITs in Goa. The interaction focused on issues related to deepening Research & Technological Innovation for meeting national development agenda, enhancing Industry-Academia collaborations, expanding Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), framework on Ranking System that would reflect national concerns and leveraging alumni networks. She said that IITs needed to come up with at least 10 goalposts that India should reach both nationally and internationally in a time-bound manner. A committee consisting of Directors and Chairmen of IITs has been constituted to map various disciplines with respect to their requirement for meeting national manpower goals.

The Union Minister also highlighted the need to develop quality faculty not only for new IITs, IIMs, IISERs but also other institutions in the country. She asked Director IIT Kharagpur and IIT Kanpur to come up with a National Initiative on summer/winter lectures by best of the foreign and the national faculty.

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HRD Minister Smriti Irani Holds Interactive Session with Directors/Chairpersons of IISc/IISERs

HRD Minister Smriti Irani Holds Interactive Session with Directors/Chairpersons of IISc/IISERs

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani addressing at the meeting of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), in New Delhi on June 23, 2014. The Secretary, Higher Education, MHRD, Shri Ashok Thakur and the Addl. Secretary, MHRD, Smt. Amita Sharma are also seen.

The Union Minister of Human Resource Development Mrs. Smriti Zubin Irani held a meeting with the Directors/Chairpersons of IISc/IISERs, in New Delhi today.

The meeting was an interactive session to understand the goals and challenges faced by IISc/IISERs including infrastructure, capacity building, research, international co-operation, patents, IPRs and publications in peer reviewed journals. Addressing the meeting, the minister said it is very important to develop a national system of rankings which will work as a national benchmark for various science education and research institutions to achieve. This will further help us to compete at an international level, and we must give special attention to South-South collaboration, she added. To increase international presence on campus, IISERs need more publicity and creation of brand value.

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PM Shri. Narendra Modi Was Presented The First Copy Of The QS BRICS 2014 University Rankings By Union HRD Minister  Smt. Smriti Irani

PM Shri. Narendra Modi Was Presented The First Copy Of The QS BRICS 2014 University Rankings By Union HRD Minister Smt. Smriti Irani

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi was presented the first copy of the QS BRICS 2014 University Rankings by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani and the Chairman Indian Centre for Assessment and Accreditation, Shri Mohandas Pai, at 7 Race Course Road, in New Delhi on June 17, 2014.

The Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt Smriti Zubin Irani presented the first copy of the 'QS University Rankings: BRICS 2014' to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in New Delhi today.

Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Shri Modi identified the need to link research and education to the development needs of the country. He emphasised the need for India to evolve an independent 'India Ranking' metric which can then involve the SAARC nations as the existing systems are skewed towards Western Nations.

Earlier, the ICAA delegation called upon the Union HRD minister SmtIrani and delivered a detailed presentation on Global Rankings and discussed steps to help assist Universities in India progress up the ranks.

The growing interest in international rankings is reflected in a sharp increase in the positions of some Indian institutions featuring in the BRICS Ranking published by QS.

Twenty Indian educational institutions feature in the latest BRICS ranking and five Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) win places in the top 20. IIT-Delhi, IIT-Bombay, IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Madras and IIT-Kharagpur have made it to the list. IITs are again by far the most successful representatives of the country's higher education system.

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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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