32 institutions figured among top 500 across the globe in 2010 as against just one institution in 2000

China has made miraculous progress compared to India in higher education sector too as 32 institutions from that country had figured among top 500 institutions across the globe in 2010 as against just one institution in the year 2000, said SM. Ramasamy, former vice-chancellor, Gandhigram Rural Institute, here on Tuesday.

Delivering address at the 22 convocation of Mother Teresa Women’s University (MTWU) in the presence of Governor K. Rosaiah, he said that in the year 2000, two Indian institutes had found a place among top 500 institutions in the world.

But after a decade, the position deteriorated and just one institution from the country was able to find a place on the list of top institutions.

He also said that more than two-third of the universities and 90 per cent of the colleges in the country appeared to be below average. “Despite efforts made to strengthen and widen the horizon of higher education, the quality of higher education appeared to be on the lower ebb… and no institute in the country could be on a par with Harvard, Cambridge or Oxford,” he added.

Mr. Ramasamy felt that the country should consider adopting ‘Nai Talim’ principle propounded by Mahatma Gandhi and begin providing basic education in the mother tongue of the students.

“It is high time to go back to the old system of amalgamating all the disciplines,” he said. In her address, MTWU vice-chancellor K. Manimekalai said that a total of 6,524 candidates studying in the university and its affiliated colleges had become eligible to be awarded degrees this year.

Later, the Governor distributed certificates and medals to meritorious candidates on the occasion.

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