Higher education has hit a low, says prime minister

With Indian universities repeatedly failing to figure among the top 200 universities in the world, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in a surprisingly candid speech last Tuesday, acknowledged that the quality of higher education in India left much to be desired, reports India Today.

Calling for an "over-riding emphasis on quality" at the conference of vice-chancellors of central universities organised by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Singh admitted that unprecedented growth in higher education could be happening without commensurate improvement in quality.

"We must recognise that too many of our higher educational institutions are simply not up to the mark. Too many of them have simply not kept abreast with the rapid changes that have taken place in the world around us in recent years, still producing graduates in subjects that the job market no longer requires," he said.
Full report on the India Today site