President Kovind with FICCI chief Sandip Somany in New Delhi on Wednesday
President Kovind with FICCI chief Sandip Somany in New Delhi on Wednesday

Need to recast higher education with deep research orientation: President Kovind

ANI | Updated: Nov 27, 2019 17:44 IST

New Delhi [India], Nov 27 (ANI): India needs to recast its higher education with new courses and deeper research orientation along with a focus on innovation and incubation, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Wednesday.
He said the world of tomorrow will be driven by knowledge, machine-intelligence and digital pathways.
"To prepare ourselves for this transformation and to leverage its limitless opportunities, we have to recast our higher education with new courses and deeper research-orientation. Ideation, innovation and incubation should be given primacy in our curriculum."
Kovind was addressing the 15th FICCI Higher Education Summit here organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
India has the third largest scientific human resource pool in the world. "If we establish robust academia-industry linkages, we have the potential to become the R&D capital of the world. And along with science, liberal arts and humanities must get equal attention -- for fruits of technology have to be ultimately made relevant to people, communities and cultures."
Kovind said that spirit of inquiry, critical thinking and an overall culture of looking at what, how and why of issues and perspectives needs to be nurtured. Creativity, imagination and thought in the minds of our students have to be unlocked and its exuberance allowed to flow and flower.
"To bring about this educational renaissance, we will require attitudinal adjustments and openness about new concepts on several fronts: at the level of academic leadership, at the level of student-teacher engagement, and at the level of technology integration."
The President said that the world of higher education is an expansive one. For it to grow and empower us, support from all stakeholders -- policymakers, educationists, researchers, entrepreneurs and others -- is needed.
"Given the socio-economic reality of our country, public institutions will play a lead role. But along with it, the private sector must continue to contribute to national efforts," he said. (ANI)

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