Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has said government’s effort to increase quantity in higher education must be matched with commensurate efforts to improve quality. Inaugurating the conference of Directors of National Institutes of Technology (NITs) in New Delhi today, Mr. Mukherjee noted the government is investing huge amount of resources in higher education and country’s biggest strength in the coming years is going to be its demographic dividend.
President Pranab Mukherjee said more than 50 percent of the population is under 25 and soon one-fifth of the world’s population in the working age will be in India.
On this occasion, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has stressed the need to improve quality of higher education in our country.
Dr. Singh said, UPA government has laid special emphasis on education and the last 9 years have witnessed unprecedented expansion of education system at all levels.
Dr. Manmohan Singh said that during the 11th Plan, 65 new Central Institutions were established.
Dr. Singh said that during the 12th Plan, the government is focussing on expansion, equity and excellence with a greater emphasis on quality of higher education, while consolidating the gains of the 11th Plan.