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India’s standing among global universities not high: official

A JNTU student being awarded her degree by DRDO Director General Avinash Chander, in Anantapur on Monday.– PHOTO: R.V.S. PRASAD
A JNTU student being awarded her degree by DRDO Director General Avinash Chander, in Anantapur on Monday.– PHOTO: R.V.S. PRASAD

The fifth convocation of the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University – Anantapur, took place on Monday at the university and degrees were conferred upon more than 14,000 students from various disciplines of engineering and pharmacy.

The chief guest of the convocation ceremony, who was also conferred a honoris causa doctorate in science by JNTU-A, Avinash Chander, the Director General of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) stressed the importance of universities being places of ‘excellence’ which ‘push the knowledge frontiers’ and ‘find solutions for critical problems’.

“Higher education institutions in India lack orientation towards research, as a result of which, their standing amongst the top global universities is not very high,” he said even as he appealed to the JNTU-A to lay emphasis on goal oriented research topics relevant to national needs.At a time when the progress of nations is measured by their technological prowess, he said that the impetus provided for promoting and enriching science and technology from the time of Pandit Nehru till now had meant that the country had taken long strides in indigenously developing Geo Syncronous Launch Vehicle (GSLV), Arihant nuclear submarine, futuristic tanks and fighter jets.

The recent ‘Chandrayaan’ and ‘Mangalyan’ missions propelled us to the elite club of nations, he added.

Vice-Chancellor of the university Prof. K. Lal Kishore, who read out the annual report, later conferred 14,409 students with graduate, post-graduate and Ph.D degrees. A total of 47 Ph.D degrees besides 358 M.Tech, 342 MCA and 41 M.Pharm degrees were conferred.

For the first time, the entire proceedings of the convocation ceremony were webcast for the audience.

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