Educational institutions need to provide ‘conducive atmosphere to excel’: Pranab Mukherjee

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President Pranab Mukherjee made a statement on Sunday during fifteenth anniversary celebrations of the Indian School of Business in Mohali. He said, "Indian students and our young minds are bright, creative and innovative. It is for the institutions of higher learning to provide them with a conducive atmosphere to excel.”

Attending the fifteenth anniversary celebrations of the Indian School of Business (ISB) in Mohali on Sunday, President Pranab Mukherjee said, "Universities and Institutions of higher learning have the huge responsibility of providing quality education, training and skilling to the nation's youth. Failure to do so will lead to the demographic dividend turning into a demographic disaster."

He spoke about the need of students to become job creators instead of mere job seekers, highlighting the fact that they need to innovate more and view their social responsibility as a primary target to achieve in future.  

Excerpts from President's views

President Mukherjee said, "India has more than 750 universities, 36,000 colleges and several other institutions, but the quality of education leaves much to be desired."

"Leave apart figuring in international rankings, most of the institutions are not even making their graduates sufficiently employable," he added

The President said, "Indian students and our young minds are bright, creative and innovative. It is for the institutions of higher learning to provide them with a conducive atmosphere to excel."
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Taking the examples of Dr Hargobind Khurana and others who became Nobel Laureates after completing initial education in India, he said the country has to provide the students an atmosphere that facilitates their success
Students should become job givers rather than becoming job seekers, said the President.

Youth and graduates should add social commitment and social responsibilities to their aspirations in life ahead, with the aim of giving back to society, said President Mukherjee

Calling the students as citizens of a free nation, he asked students to take risks in life, innovate, create and make a difference.