President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday called upon education institutions to encourage innovation so that they could find a place among the world-class institutions.
Inaugurating the Loyola College School of Commerce and Economics, he said that not even a single Indian university figured among the top 100 global universities. “We have within us the ability to revive our leading position in higher education. We have the best of students and teachers. All that is needed is coordination and focused efforts,” he said.
Governor K. Rosaiah said India had to go a long way in gross students’ enrolment in higher education from 18 per cent to 30 per cent.7 held
Seven people were held after they had planned to protest Mr. Mukherjee’s visit. As a preventive measure, five students, a social activist and a film director were detained in police custody early on Friday. They were released after the President left.