SHILLONG: President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday called for imbibing the “culture of excellence” in the country’s higher education sector, which, he said, needs changes so that more Indian universities feature among top institutes of the world.
Addressing the 21st convocation of the north Eastern Hill University (Nehu) here, Mukherjee said there was no dearth of talent in Indian universities. However, lack of co-ordination among different departments in the varsities and low research publication is one of the many reasons Indian universities do not feature in the Top 200 list, he added.
He said the plan allocation has been substantially increased for education in the coming Five Year Plan. “However, there needs to be an urgency to bring about innovative changes in the higher education sector of the country,” he said.
Among the students who received their degrees from the President was state urban affairs minister Ampareen Lyngdoh, who was awarded PhD in library and information science.
Even as the President departed for Guwahati, hundreds of citizens defied the bandh called by outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council against his visit on the second day by gathering at Police Bazar for a musical session.