VP: Indian universities must raise standards and compete with the world

RSTV Bureau

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has spoken about Indian universities and the kind of education they provide. While addressing a gathering at the launch of the Andhra Pradesh campus of Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) in Amravati, the Vice President urged universities to become centres of excellence.

The Vice President said that India had good universities but none of them were world-class.

“It is very painful to note that not one of our 760 universities is world-class with that excellence. There are good universities in the country but we need excellent universities,” Naidu said.

“There is every need for institutes of higher learning to raise standards, improve pedagogy, enhance research activities and form greater linkages with the industry so that students are well-equipped to face the challenges of a globalised world. Digital technologies are playing a lead role in the world now and universities must produce multi-skilled students of tomorrow,” he added.

 

He appealed to the universities to raise standards and compete with the world.

“With proper infrastructure, facilities and opportunities, our universities can excel,” Naidu explained.

He also expressed hope that once the Indian economy further strengthens, the government will spend more funds on education.

“The Centre and the states are not able to rise to the expectations of spending 6 per cent of the Gross domestic product(GDP) on education because of competing requests and aspirations from every section of the society….There is so much pressure for housing, roads, trains, airports, ports, metros…prime minister is doing his best…I am sure once the economy strengthens, definitely the governments will be able to spend more on education and higher education also,” Naidu said.

The Vice President stressed on the importance of a ‘guru’ (teacher) in a student’s life. He then quipped, “Google can never replace guru.”

(With inputs from agencies)