The Ed­u­ca­tion Pres­i­dent

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The book talks about Pres­i­dent Mukher­jee’s con­tri­bu­tion to the field of higher ed­u­ca­tion. O.P. Jin­dal Global Univer­sity (JGU) last week an­nounced the launch of the book The Ed­u­ca­tion Pres­i­dent. Its first copy was pre­sented to Pres­i­dent Pranab Mukher­jee dur­ing a func­tion held at Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van. The book talks about Pres­i­dent Mukher­jee’s con­tri­bu­tion to the field of higher ed­u­ca­tion and was re­leased by Vice-Pres­i­dent Hamid An­sari. It has been pub­lished by the In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute for Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Re­search and Ca­pac­ity Build­ing (IIHEd), O.P. Jin­dal Global Univer­sity. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, the Pres­i­dent said, “There is an ur­gent need to fo­cus on im­prov­ing the qual­ity of teach­ing, re­search and fac­ulty in our uni­ver­si­ties. I hope the book will pro­vide some valu­able in­puts to raise aca­demic stan­dards while pro­mot­ing in­ter­na­tional bench­marks in ex­cel­lence, qual­ity and in­sti­tu­tional gov­er­nance.” In­tro­duc­ing the book, the lead au­thor of the book, Prof C. Raj Ku­mar, said, “The book will seek to eval­u­ate the role of the Pres­i­dent of In­dia within the le­gal, Con­sti­tu­tional and in­sti­tu­tional frame­work. Its aim is to bring is­sues re­lat­ing to in­sti­tu­tional gov­er­nance within the larger frame­work of ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency of higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions.” The co-au­thors of the book — Yu­gank Goyal, Anamika Sri­vas­tava, Nisha Nair, Srin­joy Sarkar and Pra­teek Pathak — are fac­ulty mem­bers of JGU. Pres­i­dent Mukher­jee also ex­pressed con­cern over the fall­ing stan­dard of higher ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try. How­ever, he praised the role of the pri­vate sec­tor in the ed­u­ca­tion sphere. “Pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions con­sti­tute about 60 per cent of stu­dents en­rolled in higher ed­u­ca­tion. Start­ing from 20 uni­ver­si­ties in 1950, we have come a long way as there are 712 uni­ver­si­ties in the coun­try cur­rently. How­ever,

there is a need to high­light and rec­tify the de­clin­ing qual­ity in stan­dards, par­tic­u­larly in the ar­eas of higher learn­ing when it comes to pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions.” Yu­gank Goyal, who was present at the venue, said, “The book will high­light the con­tri­bu­tion of Pres­i­dent Mukher­jee for his ex­em­plary lead­er­ship and ef­forts in recog­nis­ing that the fu­ture of In­dia is solely de­pen­dent upon the abil­ity to em­power the higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions.”

Pres­i­dent Mukher­jee re­ceives first copy of book 'The Ed­u­ca­tion Pres­i­dent'

Pres­i­dent Pranab Mukher­jee re­ceived the first copy of a book ti­tled 'The Ed­u­ca­tion Pres­i­dent on Wed­nes­day at a func­tion held in the Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van. He re­ceived the book from Vice Pres­i­dent Mo­ham­mad Hamid An­sari who for­mally re­leased it. The book pub­lished by the In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute for Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Re­search and Ca­pac­ity Build­ing, O.P. Jin­dal Global Univer­sity high­lights Pres­i­dent Mukher­jee's con­tri­bu­tion to the field of higher ed­u­ca­tion as vis­i­tor to 116 in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing in In­dia. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, the Pres­i­dent said, "It was the con­tra­dic­tion be­tween our as­pi­ra­tions to oc­cupy a place at the high ta­ble of the comity of na­tions and the re­al­ity of higher ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try that mo­ti­vated him to draw at­ten­tion to the need to im­prove qual­ity of higher ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try." The Pres­i­dent said In­dia has a large higher ed­u­ca­tion net­work com­pris­ing 757 uni­ver­si­ties and over 38,000 col­leges, how­ever, is­sues re­lat­ing to qual­ity and ex­cel­lence are one of the big­gest chal­lenges, yet to be ad­dressed com­pre­hen­sively. "We must keep up with our own past. In­dia could boast of hav­ing uni­ver­si­ties like Na­landa, Tak­shashila, Vikra­mashila, Val­abhi, Soma­pura and Odan­ta­puri, which were global lead­ers in var­i­ous times be­tween the sixth cen­tury BC and twelfth cen­tury AD. Stu­dents and teach­ers from around the world at­tended these in­sti­tu­tions," he said. Pres­i­dent Mukhe­jee fur­ther stated that to­day in the ab­sence of ad­e­quate num­ber of good qual­ity ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, around 2 lakh stu­dents go over­seas to study. "Sim­i­larly, while our teach­ers and stu­dents are both very tal­ented, no In­dian since CV Ra­man in 1930 has won the No­bel Prize from an In­dian univer­sity. In­dia pays min­i­mum at­ten­tion to re­search. Only 0.6 per cent of our GDP is spent on re­search as com­pared to 2.8 per cent of China's 10.38 tril­lion econ­omy, three per cent in Ja­pan and five per cent in USA. If we have to cre­ate a knowl­edge so­ci­ety, we must in­vest more in re­search and de­vel­op­ment," he added. The Pres­i­dent said ad­vanced so­ci­eties rec­og­nize and hon­our schol­ars and teach­ers, adding that there should be cross fer­til­iza­tion of ideas and aca­demic free­dom. "It is with this pur­pose that he has taken with him del­e­ga­tions of Vice Chan­cel­lors and other heads of ed­u­ca­tions in­sti­tu­tions on his State vis­its abroad," he said. The Pres­i­dent thanked the In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Re­search and Ca­pac­ity Build­ing of O.P. Jin­dal Global Univer­sity for rec­og­niz­ing the work that has been done in last four years by Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van and pub­lish­ing it in the form of this in­for­ma­tive and an­a­lyt­i­cal book. He said that his in­ter­ac­tion with uni­ver­si­ties, fac­ulty and stu­dents has en­riched his life and ex­pended hori­zons.

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