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.
Enhancing access, equity and quality in higher education through institutional and policy reforms is continually being undertaken by the Central Government, in consultation with all stakeholders, including State Governments and academics. This information was given by the Minister for Human Resources Development Smt. Smriti Irani in the Rajya Sabha The University Grants Commission(UGC) has made the accreditation of Higher Educational Institutions mandatory, issued regulations for affiliation of colleges to Universities, maintaining standards in Deemed and Private Universities, laid down the minimum qualifications for appointment to teaching positions, minimum standards for grant of first degree, Master’s degree, M.Phil / Ph.D degree, etc for enhancing quality and access in higher education. The UGC has also laid down regulations for promotion of equity and grievance redressal in higher educational institutions.
Further, the Central Government is implementing the Rashtriya Uchhatar Siksha Abhiyan during the XIIth Plan to incentivise reforms in the state higher educational institutions.
The reasons for reverting back to the three years undergraduate degree in Delhi University included the need to comply with National Policy on Education (NPE) 1986, ensure that students of Delhi University are not put to any disadvantage vis- a-vis students of other universities in terms of horizontal and vertical mobility and also in terms of employment opportunities. The information was given by the Minister for Human Resources Development Smt. Smriti Irani in the Rajya Sabha. ‘Employability criteria’ was not the reason for reverting back to three year undergraduate degree.
As per the response received in the “All India Survey on Higher Education” 2011-12, the number of Minority Students studying in higher education in the country is 1322332. The survey was based on the response from 611 out of 642 Universities, 21443 out of 35431 Colleges and 5542 out of 11156 Stand Alone Institutions this information was given by the Minister for Human Resources Development Smt. Smriti Irani in the Rajya Sabha.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development has undertaken various measures for increasing the participation of the minority youths in the purview of higher education by implementing various educational schemes. These include establishment of Model Degree Colleges, Women Hostels and Polytechnics in the Minority Concentration Districts (MCDs). University Grants Commission (UGC) has been implementing various schemes like establishment of Equal Opportunity Cells, Establishment of Residential Coaching Academy (RCA) for SC/ST/Minorities in Universities, Remedial Coaching Schemes for SC/ST/Minorities students apart from implementing the scheme of Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Students on behalf of the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
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The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli on July 19, 2014.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said knowledge and innovation are the underpinning of progress and prosperity in the twenty-first century. In this age of globalization, we can derive competitive advantage only from an eco-system that is conducive to new learning, research and innovation. NITs must work towards promoting scientific temper in their students. Yet, given the present socio-economic condition of our country, the thrust of research must be to erase backwardness and wipe out deprivation. Innovations must improve the state of the underserved, who want a positive difference in their lives. Institutions like NIT Trichy must support ingenuous ideas that promise betterment for those aspiring to rise up the socio-economic ladder – help a farmer till the soil better, an artisan perfect his craft or a small entrepreneur improve the productivity of his venture.
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attended the first Convocation of the Central University of Kerala in Kasaragod today (July 18, 2014).
Speaking on the occasion, the President said success of India will lie in mobilizing all the positive forces to fight the scourges of poverty, deprivation and backwardness. The students present here enjoy a privileged position by virtue of having access to higher education. This privilege comes with a huge moral responsibility. Their success will lie in becoming the agent of change the catalyst in mitigating the hardships and sufferings of the people. The President said “it is alright to have personal ambitions. But it should not be the ‘be all and end all’ in life. While pursuing your individual goals, always keep the bigger picture; the higher calling; the greater good, in mind. Treat your personal aims and the greater good as one integrated whole, without separating them”.
The Union HRD Minister Smt. Smriti Irani stated in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question today that as per the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014, the Government of India shall take steps to establish one Indian Institute of Management (IIM), one Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), one National Institute of Technology (NIT), one Central University and a Tribal University, an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), one Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), a Petroleum University, one Agriculture University, one National Institute of Disaster Management and an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) type of institute, in the successor state of Andhra Pradesh. In the state of Telangana, one Horticulture University and one Tribal University are proposed to be established as per the Act. Details of locations and budgetary provisions for these institutions are yet to be finalised.
The Union Cabinet approved a Scheme, based on Public-Private-Partnership(PPP) model, for setting up 20 new Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in December 2010, with an outlay of Rs.2808.71 Crores (Rs.2558.71 Crores for non-recurring, Rs.200.00 Crore for recurring expenditure and Rs.50.00 Crore for faculty development expenditure). The capital cost of each IIIT is Rs.128.00 Crore to be contributed in the ratio of 50:35:15 by the Central Government, the State Government and the industry respectively (57.5:35:7.5 in case of North-Eastern region). Concerned State Government will provide 50-100 acres of land, free of cost and encumbrances.
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has notified regulations in January, 2014 on the lines of UGC Regulations, 2012. As per the University Grants Commission (Mandatory Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Educational Institutions) Regulations, 2012, notified on 19th January, 2013, it is mandatory for each Higher Educational Institution to get accredited by an Accreditation Agency after passing out of two batches or six years, whichever is earlier, in accordance with the norms and methodology prescribed by such agency or the Commission, as the case may be. Further as per these Regulations, every Higher Educational Institution, which has completed six years of existence or two batches having passed out, whichever is earlier, is to apply within six months from the date of coming into force of these Regulations, to the Accreditation Agency, for accreditation.