President Pranab Mukherjee December 7 told educational institutions to take global ranking process “seriously” to notch up top ranks in international rating agency reports and said there was no lack of excellence or merit among teachers and students of the country.
Speaking at the Founder’s Day celebration at St Stephen’s College here, Mukherjee expressed happiness that two Indian institutions figured in top 200 in the world and hoped that many more will follow soon.
“He said that in every educational congregation he has emphasised on the fact that Indian institutions should take the ranking process seriously in order to find place in the top ranks in reports by international rating agencies. This is because we have excellent faculty members as well as brilliant students and do not lack in merit,” a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said quoting Mukherjee.
The President emphasised on providing necessary skills, education and training to the young population to ensure availability of world job market to them, otherwise the demographic dividend will turn into a “liability”, the spokesperson said.
He also said that the country should have growth along with increasing opportunities for employment. The President said it was important to create an atmosphere of research and innovation as well as a spirit of questioning in educational institutions.
The president also pointed to the need of solving the problem of energy deficiency without disturbing the environment, added the spokesperson.
Lt Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung was also present in the function. Every year, St Stephen’s observes death anniversary of Canon Samule Scott Allnutt, December 7, as its Founder’s Day.