President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said the quality of many educational institutes of higher education are not up to standards. Pointing that by 2030 India will have the most youths in the world, he said if proper training is not imparted then instead of demographic dividends, it would be some sort of demographic disaster.
“There are more than 753 universities in India, more than 36,000 colleges and several number of other institutions. But the quality of many of these institutions in the areas of higher learning are not up to the standard. I am not merely referring to their absences of world rankings by important rating agencies, but I am also talking from the view point of their competitiveness in getting the job in the world market,” he said at the 15th anniversary celebrations of Indian School of Business (ISB), Mohali.
Emphasising on the need to train the youth, he said, failure to do will have terrible consequences. “Instead of demographic dividends, it will be some sort of demographic disaster because jobless, unemployed without anything to do, those restless minds will naturally resort to violence,” he said.
Comparing the academic atmosphere, the President pointed to how luminaries like Dr Hargobind Khurana, Dr Amartya Sen, Dr Krishnaswamy won the Nobel prize in different fields working in foreign universities. Mukherjee exhorted students to become “job givers” rather than seekers. He said that the youth should not be afraid of taking risks.
“Do not be afraid of the challenges. Always remember, you are not carrying any old baggage, there is no colonial baggage. You are the products of free India, you have a free mind, you have freedom to exercise, your mind the way you want to exercise it,” he said.
Also at the event, union human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar said that it was PM Modi’s vision to set up 20 world-class universities, of which 10 each will be in the government and private sectors. He said that for these universities they have made guidelines so that the UGC will only give the power to grant degrees. There will be no other interference from UGC, he said.
Chairman ISB Executive Board Adi Godrej and Dean Rejendra Srivastava also spoke on the occasion. It was announced that ISB would start scholarships for defence personnel, NGOs and government employees.