Thursday, 4 April 2013

Education footprint

With the world’s second largest population, more than 50% of which is below the age of 35 years, India is at a critical juncture where its population, if properly harnessed, has the potential to turn the nation into a hub of trained manpower.
Indian higher education continues to suffer from a number of fundamental challenges like the need for better institutes, universities and centres of excellence, quality faculty, employability issues, need for industry-academia linkages and the importance of building research intensive institutions . With a view to address these issues , the ‘FICCI Higher Education Summit’ was held from November 11-12 in New Delhi, on the theme, ‘Strategies for expansion in Higher Education in India.’
The summit also witnessed several parallel sessions like ‘Indian universities in the global top league,’ on what the focus of Indian universities should be to be able to achieve global standards in teaching, research and employability of graduates; ‘developing national knowledge functional hubs,’ on FICCI’s new model of developing knowledge hubs to improve industryacademia linkages and develop curriculum in tune with industry needs, among others.
A strong pitch for tabling and passing the 12-odd Bills in Parliament for reform of higher education was made by Sam Pitroda, advisor to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations.

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