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Supriya Pandey, MBA 2014-16, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur.
Business standard, on march 15,2015, published an article about Pranab Mukherjee’s view on establishment of new Engineering institutes which is degrading the quality of education and infrastructure.
Business Standard published that:
His speech which was read out at the second convocation of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mandi, as Mukherjee could not visit the function because bad weather did not allow his helicopter to reach there.
In the speech, Mukherjee, expressed concerns at the findings of recent surveys which have not placed a single higher education institute of India in world rankings.
Mukherjee said, “The growing demand for engineering education has resulted in the establishment of a number of technical institutions. Yet in this proliferation drive, quality of instruction and physical infrastructure has taken a backseat.”
“The educational standard of our country at the tertiary level has been starkly brought out by two reputed international surveys. They have graded not a single Indian institution amongst the top two hundred universities in the world,” he said.
The President said country has few institutions that can do much better in the rankings with a more proactive and methodological approach.
“A higher rank can open fresh avenues of growth and placement for students. It can also encourage a greater flow of faculty and students from abroad, opening new vistas of frontier technology,” he said.
Mukherjee said newly-created institutions will take some time to be in the reckoning.
“Nevertheless, you must take keen interest in the process not only with the objective of securing a rank but also to achieve all-round academic development,” he said.
So I agree with the statement and views given by the president Pranab Mukherjee on the basis of surveys. The Increasing numbers of institutes are degrading the quality as well as the brand name of IITs as they will take time to reach where old ones are there today. Though having so many engineering institutes in the country, none of them are ranked in top two hundred universities in the world. And this is the area we need to have a look upon and improve. Being ranked higher in the world’s ranking of institutions will help and open fresh avenues of growth and placement of students as well as it will attract a greater flow of faculty and students from abroad. So rather increasing the number of institutions we should be now concerned of improving the education quality.