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Despite considerable infrastructure expansion, quality of higher education in India is matter of concern: President Mukherjee
While receiving the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings brought out by the Education Promotion Society of India (EPSI) at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on June 9, President Pranab Mukherjee said that though infrastructure had seen considerable expansion in the higher education sector, yet the quality of education in many institutes remained a matter of concern.

Speaking on the occasion, the President urged EPSI to continue the efforts they are making in the education sector.

He expressed happiness on the performance of three Indian institutions – IIT Delhi and IISc Bangalore, which were already in the top 200, and the latest entrant IIT Bombay securing ranks within the coveted top 200 and IISc Bangalore being now ranked 6th globally for Citations per Faculty, stated an official press release.

Reminding the glory of Nalanda, Takshashila, Vikramashila, Valabhi, Somapura and Odantapuri – that dominated the world higher education system for eighteen hundred years beginning sixth century BC,  he showed concern that many meritorious Indian students pursue their higher studies from foreign universities now since the performance of Indian institutions in world university rankings.

He was of the view that a world high rank of Indian institution could boost the morale of the academic and student communities, open greater avenues of growth and placement for students, help attract the best faculties from across the world, and provide a benchmark for continuous quality enhancement.

I too think that besides the infrastructure, the professional learning and capacity building of teachers of higher education is required to enhance quality. It is the presence of the highest quality academic and research professionalism that determine the quality of higher education. The quality teachers need to have a thorough mastery of both their subject matter and pedagogical processes to enhance quality of education.

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