Vice-President laments poor world ranking of Indian universities
Pune: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said it was sad that no Indian university figured among the top 300 in this year's Time World University Ranking, and stressed on the need to improve quality of education in the country.
Addressing students at the 16th convocation ceremony at Symbiosis International University here, Naidu said there wasa need to strategise to ensure Indian universities can rank among the top 100 and then in the top 50 in the world.
"We have to again make India a vishwa guru. And for that to happen, we have to improve the quality of education in Indian universities. It is sad to note no Indian university could find a place among the top 300 universities in this year's Time World University Ranking. We need to think about the factors responsible for this," he said.
He said there was urgent need to fill posts of teaching staff lying vacant in Central and state universities, and claimed the Union government had taken proactive steps in this regard recently.
He said, in order to create world-class universities, there was a need to attract the best talent as teachers in Indian universities.
"To make teaching more attractive, faculty should be encouraged to undertake consultancy projects and must be provided financial support for start-ups. At the same time, we have to ensure accountability and performance of teachers," said the vice president.
He said, in many foreign universities, performance of college faculty is evaluated by their peers and students.
"We should consider setting up a similar mechanism for the performance audit of professors. This may complement the existing system, generally based on the number of research papers or publications by the teachers. After the quality of education, another issue of utmost importance is affordability of education," he said.
Naidu said education is enlightenment, empowerment, enhancement, and lastly employment.
Naidu stressed on teaching "our history" to children so that they draw inspiration from it.
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