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President asks academicians to introduce innovative changes with urgency

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee has said that the
delivery of higher education in India cannot be allowed to continue in a
routine fashion any longer. There has to be an elevated level of urgency
amongst the administrators and academicians to introduce innovative changes in
the institutions.

The President said we in India have the best teachers,
students and the talent but we are not coordinated well. If we can make the
right call at the right time, we will get the necessary response.

Core problems have to be addressed expeditiously. A culture
of excellence has to be promoted by allowing adequate flexibility in different
aspects of academic management, President said while attending the annual
convocation of North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU) at Shillong.

“One or two departments in every university that has core
competency in a particular discipline, has outstanding faculty and has the
potential to be developed into a centre of excellence, has to be adequately
supported, he said.

In this context, he specially mentioned the Centre for
Cultural and Creative Studies in NEHU, which is working towards realizing the
artistic and cultural aspirations of the people. The Centre is collaborating
with the indigenous community to preserve, project and promote the rich
diversity of the North East. With the help of UGC, it is setting up a
North-East India Centre for Diversities to showcase the rich diversity in the
region. He urged the authorities to give their support to turn this department
into a centre of excellence in a time bound manner.

Citing the example of IIM Kolkata, the President said he was
able to provide assistance to its Finance Lab as Finance Minister and he was
informed just a few days back by IIM authorities that a recent Financial Times
survey has ranked IIM-Kolkata as No. 1 in Finance and No. 2 in economics among
the top 70 global business schools that offers Masters in Management programme. 

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