Category: Higher Education

Prime Minister Announces Instituting Award for Individual Excellence to Promote High Quality Research

Prime Minister Announces Instituting Award for Individual Excellence to Promote High Quality Research

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh releasing the book Sixty Years of the University Grants Commission, at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the University Grants Commission, in New Delhi on December 28, 2013. The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju, the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, the Secretary (Higher Education), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Shri Ashok Thakur and the Chairman, UGC, Prof. Ved Parkas are also seen.

The Prime Minister has asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to play the role of a national Think Tank for the promotion of Higher Education in the country. Addressing the Diamond Jubilee celebration of the Commission in New Delhi today, Dr. Manmohan Singh appreciated the role of Commission as a principal regulator of Higher Education in the country. He said the Government has put unprecedented emphasis on education at all level in the last ten years. Giving details of the expansion in the Higher Education in this period, the Prime Minister said, Gross Enrolment Ratio has gone up from 11% in 2005-06 to 19.4% i 2010-11. Twenty three Central Universities, 7 IIMs,9 IITs, 10 NITs and 4 IIITs have been set up by the Central Government .Highlighting the role recently launched Rashtriya Uchttar Shiksha Abhiyan(RUSA) will play in promoting Higher Education in the Country, Dr. Singh said the scheme aims to create 278 new universities and 388 new colleges and to convert 266 colleges to Model Degree Colleges by the end of the current five year plan ending 2017. The scheme will also provide infrastructure grants to 286 state universities and 8500 state colleges

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"Greater Access to Higher Education is the Need of the Hour." - President of India, Pranab Mukherjee

“Greater Access to Higher Education is the Need of the Hour.” – President of India, Pranab Mukherjee

Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi : 07-12-2013

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the B. Ed. Course of Aligarh Muslim University Murshidabad Centre today (December 7, 2013) at Jangipur.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said the AMU Centre at Murshidabad was started to carry forward the glorious legacy of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, an icon of India’s modern education and founder of the Aligarh Muslim University. Its inception represented a commitment to the nation to fight the scourge of educational backwardness and social deprivation. Since then, the Centre has fulfilled the long cherished educational aspirations of the people of the region. It has also helped in increasing the potential of the youth to enter into rewarding careers. He expressed his hope that it will contribute, in no small measure, to the attainment of the national goal of equity, access and inclusion in education.

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"Modern Education in India Must Incorporate the Beautiful Ideas Embedded in Tagore’s ‘Natural Education’." - President of India, Pranab Mukherjee

“Modern Education in India Must Incorporate the Beautiful Ideas Embedded in Tagore’s ‘Natural Education’.” – President of India, Pranab Mukherjee

Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi : 07-12-2013

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attended the 48th Convocation of Visva-Bharati University at Shantiniketan today (December 7, 2013).

Speaking on the occasion, the President said Visva-Bharati is the culminating product of a radical experiment on education system by its founder, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.

Tagore brought education into the open, and near to the nature. Tagore knew that the cause of misery was the drifting away from nature by mankind. The growing disconnect of man with nature continues to this day. Modern education in India must incorporate the beautiful ideas embedded in Tagore’s ‘natural education’. It must be, as Tagore had envisaged, an education for full development in life.

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"True Education Should Equip Individuals To Live Creatively, Responsibly And Peacefully And To Become Agents of Change For A Better Society" – Vice President

“True Education Should Equip Individuals To Live Creatively, Responsibly And Peacefully And To Become Agents of Change For A Better Society” – Vice President

Vice President Addresses at Valedictory Function of Quartoseptcentennial (175 Years) of Madras Christian College  

The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari has said that the importance of faith and values in education has been emphasized in human society down the ages. Aristotle rightly said that “educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”. More recently, Gandhi ji stressed that literary education is of no value, if it is not able to build up a sound character. If the young friends in the audience follow these dicta, they will improve themselves and at the same time contribute to making this world a much better place for all to live in. Addressing at the “Valedictory Function of the Quartoseptcentennial (175 years) of Madras Christian College (MCC)” in Chennai, Tamil Nadu today, he has said that the goal of education is not to produce machine-like humans. It is to inculcate in them a social conscience so that they build a fine balance between the heart and mind. True education should equip individuals to live creatively, responsibly, and peacefully and to become agents of change for a better society.

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Vice President Inaugurates Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the New College, Chennai

Vice President Inaugurates Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the New College, Chennai

The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari has said that as India marches ahead on the path of rapid economic growth and development, the imperative of inclusion of the minority communities in the development process cannot be overemphasized. Neither can the maintenance of social harmony and peaceful coexistence amongst various religious, ethnic and linguistic groups in our diverse society. Addressing at the “Inauguration of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the New College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu” today, he has said that according to the 2001 census, recognised religious minorities comprise 18.4% of our population, which translates into approximately 185 million people. This number today could be around 220 million. If we include others who are claiming inclusion in this category, it could be said in general terms that every fifth Indian citizen belongs to a religious minority. The progress and well being of such a large segment of our population is a necessity to enable us to realize our destiny of becoming a modern, progressive and prosperous state.

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Prime Minister’s Speech at the Conference of Directors of NITs

Prime Minister’s Speech at the Conference of Directors of NITs

Following is the text of Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh’s speech at the Conference of Directors of NITs in New Delhi today: 

“Let me begin by thanking Respected Rashtrapati ji for having organized this conference and for taking an active interest in issues concerning higher education. In February last year he had called a conference of Vice-chancellors of Central Universities and I understand a second one will be convened shortly. I am sure these initiatives will be of great benefit to the cause of higher education in our country and would also encourage others in their efforts to strengthen the higher education system. 

The National Institutes of Technology (NITs) are all institutions of national importance. They contribute substantially to the technical man-power requirements of the country’s expanding economy. This is evident from the fact that in the year 2012-13, their intake of undergraduate students was over 15000 and that of post-graduate students about 11000. They are expected to produce engineering graduates comparable in quality to those produced buy our premier institutions like the Indian Institutes of Technology. 

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Rs. 2475 Crores Earmarked for Autonomous Colleges Desirous of Converting Themselves Into Universities

The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and the University Grants Commission (UGC) held a day-long meeting with select Autonomous Colleges and State Government representatives on 7th October, 2013 at India International Centre, New Delhi to discuss their problems. This was the first exclusive meeting of the Principals of Autonomous Colleges and State Government representatives with MHRD and the UGC, after the formulation of the scheme by the UGC a few decade ago. The Secretary, Higher Education shared with them the proposed initiatives for bringing about reforms in affiliation system which has become the bane of Higher Education system in the country. He also informed them about the provisions of the recently approved Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), a scheme of MHRD wherein autonomous colleges desirous of converting themselves into universities can be provided with funding upto Rs.55 crores each. The total amount earmarked for XII FYP for this scheme is Rs.2475 crores.

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Cabinet Approves Rs.100,000 Crores to Flagship Programme for Higher Education - RUSA

Cabinet Approves Rs.100,000 Crores to Flagship Programme for Higher Education – RUSA

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs last evening approved about one lakh crore Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA). It is a new centrally sponsored scheme for higher education which will spread over two plan periods (XIIth and XIIIth). It will focus on state higher educational institutions. It will be a new flagship scheme of the government that will pave the way for far reaching reforms at the state level. A total of 316 state public universities and 13,024 colleges will be covered under RUSA. 

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