Bad weather in Himachal Pradesh came in the way of the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, and he could not reach Mandi from Chandigarh to address the Second convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology there on March 15. However, his address was read out during the convocation proceedings, reported a PIB release.
According to Mukherjee, the technical institutions in the country needed to usher in social consciousness amongst our budding engineers and scientists besides professional competence by participating in the schemes like creation of model villages, Clean India, building of digital infrastructure, etc.
He stressed the need for quality of instruction and greater dynamism the institutions of higher education. "The quality of faculty must be of a high order to provide students world-class instruction. With fast occurring changes in various disciplines, the faculty must keep themselves abreast with the latest developments," he stated in his address.
He advised that the higher education institutions should make use of the National Knowledge Network of academic institutions to collaborate through peer group learning in emerging areas of knowledge as well innovate at the institutional level.
"Competitive advantage can be derived from an eco-system conducive to new learning, research and innovation. Inter-disciplinary approaches in course curricula and research, strengthening under-graduate research and making research integral to the teaching-learning process must gain focused attention. Strong linkages must be built with the Industry," he added.
Mukherjee was of the view that higher educational institutions must promote a scientific temperament, creativity and spirit of inquiry among students in order to equip students to think beyond their textbooks and come up with ingenious ideas.