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Govt aims to encourage 20 higher educational institutions to attain global standards: Kovind

Govt aims to encourage 20 higher educational institutions to attain  global standards: Kovind

Pune, Oct 23 (UNI) In order to improve the quality of education and

attend world-class standard, the central government has resolved to

promote and support 20 institutions of higher education as

institutes of eminence to grant them recruitment and curricula

flexibility, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Tuesday.

Addressing the 15th convocation of Symbiosis International

University here, he appreciated the breadth of Indian higher

education saying there is a massive network of 903 universities and

39,050 colleges in India.

But there are still gaps in quality and in attaining world-class

excellence across the spectrum, he noted and said therefore to fill

these gaps, the government has decided to promote and support 20

institutions of higher education as institutes of eminence by giving

them leeway in recruitment and curricula to reach the best-in-class

global standards.

Recalling India's heritage as a centre of learning for centuries,

the President pointed that knowledge has neither gender nor

geographical boundaries.

"From Taxila to Nalanda, the subcontinent’s age-old universities

attracted students from different parts of Asia and beyond. In

modern times as well, our campuses have been open to and welcoming

talented young people from many countries, especially those from our

neighborhood and Africa (a continent with which we have a special

relationship)," he said.

Mr Kovind further said that 46,144 international students from 166

countries study in various colleges, universities and institutions

of higher learning in India while appreciating a significant role

played by Symbiosis in this process.

He expressed joy about 329 graduate students were from 33 countries

other than India.

The President said, "This adds to the multicultural and cosmopolitan

atmosphere of your campus, and promotes goodwill among nations. I

would like to congratulate the international graduates, particularly

the young man from Uganda who has won the Outstanding Foreign

Student Award. ...I am confident you are departing as lifelong

friends and unofficial ambassadors of India."

"I am happy to be here today for the 15th convocation of Symbiosis

International Deemed University. A convocation ceremony is a

milestone for an educational institution as well as for the

graduating students. I congratulate each one of the 5,939 students

who are being awarded degrees today," he said.

On the occasion, the President also congratulated innovator and

education reformist Sonam Wangchuk, the pride of Ladakh and one of

the inspirations for the well-known film '3 Idiots', for being

conferred a Doctorate of Literature (Honoris Causa) degree.

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