Expand education facilities, says President

Addressing a function in Kolkata on 2 April, President Pranab Mukherjee stressed the need to expand primary, higher and tertiary education facilities in the country to increase employment opportunities for younger generations, reports Press Trust of India.

He has expressed concern that none of India's over 700 universities and around 36,000 degree colleges finds a place in the world's top 200 education institutions and stressed the need for encouraging innovation and research by students.

Referring to the golden era of education in the country between the 3rd Century BC and 12th Century AD when universities like Nalanda existed in the country, the President said students and scholars from various foreign nations used to come to India for higher studies. "But after the 12th Century AD, our education system started losing its glory,” he was quoted as saying. The President said the quality of higher education in the country must improve. The 11th Five Year Plan made provisions for improving the quality of higher education in the country.
Full report on The Economic Times site