|New Delhi: President of India Pranab Mukherjee opened a Conference of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities (CUs) at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (February 4, 2015). This is the third such Conference of Central University Vice Chancellors convened by the President since assumption of office. The Vice Chancellors of 40 Central Universities to which the President is the Visitor are attending this Conference.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said it is important to recognize emerging global trends which are likely to bring sweeping changes in higher education worldwide. Rising costs of higher education and the changing profile of education seekers, aided by technological innovation are leading to the creation of alternative models of knowledge dispensation. Central universities have the responsibility to lead the trans formative processes of India’s higher education system.
The President said students passing out from the Indian higher education system will have to compete with the best in the world. There is a need to imbue young minds with competitive spirit and a sense of pride in their Alma mater. In addition to international rankings, the universities should attempt ratings on a National Ranking Framework which needs to be expeditiously developed.