With Indian universities repeatedly failing to figure among the top 200 educational institutions of the world, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in a surprisingly candid speech on Tuesday, acknowledged that the quality of higher education in India has left much to be desired.
Calling for an "over-riding emphasis on quality" at the conference of vicechancellors of central universities organised by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Singh admitted that the unprecedented growth in higher education could be happening without any commensurate improvement in quality.
"We must recognise that too many of our higher educational institutions are simply not up to the mark. Too many of them have simply not kept abreast with the rapid changes that have taken place in the world around us in recent years, still producing graduates in subjects that the job market no longer requires," he said. Read more...