Emphasising that Indian industries and universities need to collaborate to initiate Research and Development Projects (R&D) projects, Professor Kaptan Singh Solanki, Governor, Punjab and Haryana, and UT Administrator, said the same was needed to make the ‘Make in India’ campaign a success.
Professor Solanki was addressing the fifth edition of Edu Summit, an annual conference on higher education, which was organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with Indian School of Business (ISB) and Haryana government on ISB campus Wednesday.
“We need to find innovative ways to make manufacturing both cost-effective and resource-effective. The only solution is to foster active collaboration of industry with governments, universities, institutes and colleges in the fields of higher education and R&D,” said Professor Solanki.
Sharing India’s Gross Enrollment Ratio in higher education, the Governor said, “We are still at 19.4 per cent as compared to 84 per cent in the US, 59 per cent in UK, 55 per cent in Japan and 28 per cent in China. Though 67 per cent of our population is young, our skilled workforce is below 10 per cent as compared to 95 per cent in South Korea and 80 per cent in Japan. There is a need to bring about equivalence between degree and skills with a lot of technology and knowledge interventions.”
On the occasion, Vijai Vardhan, Additional Chief Secretary, Higher Education, Haryana government, talked about creating Centres of Excellence to initiate research and reach out to students across the state.
The theme of the summit was ‘Moving towards Knowledge-based Economy— Basic imperatives and Agenda for Reforms’.
Various industry leaders and vice-chancellors of regional universities discussed as to how ‘Bell laboratories’ would lead to improved professional productivity.
“CII is particularly concerned about the present status of higher education in the country, and it has been focusing on policy advocacy with governments on key issues, forging PPP partnerships, strengthening and expanding industry-academia linkages, etc. Our target is 10 Nobel laureates from India in the next decade,” said Vijay Thadani, Chairman, CII National Committee on Higher Education.
Thadani added that one of CII’s key initiatives includes instituting the Prime Minister’s Fellowship Scheme for Doctoral Research in partnership with Science and Engineering Research Board, Department of Science and Technology, under which up to 100 PhD fellows are given double scholarship of up to Rs 8 lakh per annum for four years to do research on industry problems. At present, there are around 70 PM Fellows working at IITs, NITs and IISERs, and over 50 companies are working with them.