Kharagpur, West Bengal, Sept 15 (IBNS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday regretted the fact that no Indian institution feature in the list of the Top 200 universities of the world.
Mukherjee was addressing the 58th Annual Convocation of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur in West Bengal on Saturday.
"...I feel it necessary to share with you my sense of dismay on seeing, in recent reports, that not a single Indian University or institute of higher learning, including the premier IITs figure in list of 200 top rated Universities of the world," Mukherjee said.
"Now you may question the survey, but to my mind the more important question is, why? Why are we, a ´rising economic superpower´, not able to promote our standards to be rated, indisputably, among the top ten or even top fifty or hundred?"
"I am glad and welcome in this regard the Vision 2020 document of IIT Kharagpur and its pledge that it will strive to become one of the top 20 Institutes in its class in 20 years. I wish you all success," the President said.
Mukherjee said he would stress that IITs, as leaders, have the responsibility of ensuring the continuous revitalization of their institutions through research, experimentation and innovation.
"The long term goal of setting standards and creating top class facilities and for the training and professional development of your teachers should be a priority," he said.
"Creation of jobs should always be among your priorities when you conceive concepts and ideas.
"Your efforts and initiatives could go a long way in supplementing Government´s efforts and initiatives to provide cost-effective and novel methods and technology - adapted to the current, changing needs of our society," said Mukherjee.
He said the IIT´s alumni are achievers and leaders in every sphere of human activity - in India´s most successful corporates and government ministries and in laboratories of research and innovation here and across the world.
"It was in recognition of your service to the nation that our Government was pleased to announce , in the Union Budget of 2011-2012, a one time grant of 200 crore rupees for the development of IIT Kharagpur," Mukherjee said.
"Government of India also approved the establishment of a 400-bed hospital within this IIT to be built on a ´Special Purpose Vehicle´ model, - which is another unique privilege for IIT Kharagpur," he said.