President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said focus on research and innovation would catapult Indian educational institutes into the brackets of top global academic institutions.
“We have built huge infrastructure in our higher education. There are more than 723 universities, 35,000 colleges, 30 National Institutes of Technology, 16 Indian Institutes of Technology which are of very high grade. We have good number of institutes of higher learning, but still unfortunately none of them finds their place in list of 200 top universities of the world,” said Mr. Mukherjee.
“It is a gap which has to be filled up. If we can start strengthening our school education, in course of time we will improve our position. There is no dearth of talent, expert teachers and infrastructure, we must pay attention to spirit of innovation, inventions and research and expand our horizon to find our rightful place,” he said.
The President, who arrived on a two day visit to Odisha, inaugurated Golden Jubilee celebration of Rameswar High School in Khurda district. After the function, he directly flew to Puri where he went to Shree Jagannath Temple and offered prayers.
On Saturday, the President would attend convocation ceremony of National Law University, Odisha, at Cuttack and in the evening he would inaugurate national seminar ‘Global Legal Education’ at KIIT University.