In order to make universities world-class, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently announced to give Rs 10,000 crore to 20 varsities across India.
This announcement from the PM Modi came after no Indian varsity figured among the top 500 globally.
Further, while delivering the speech at Patna University, PM Modi said the measures like grant of central status were “a thing of the past” and his government has taken “a step forward” towards making 10 private universities and 10 government ones world class.
Here’s what PM Modi said:
“My government took an important step towards unshackling the IIMs, freeing them from the clutches of restrictions and regulations set by the government.
“We intend to do the same for our universities and ensure that our centres of higher learning figure among the best 500 in the world,” Modi told PTI.
More emphasis on learning and innovation:
Moreover, PM Modi stressed on the need for universities to give more emphasis on “learning and innovation” and give up old teaching methods which focused on “cramming students’ minds with information.”
While speaking central status be granted to Patna University, PM Modi said:
“I would like to say something about a demand that was raised here and met with loud cheers by the young crowd attending this ceremony. Issues like grant of central status have become a thing of the past. We are taking a step forward. “We will provide an assistance of Rs. 10,000 crore to 10 private universities and an equal number of government ones for a period of five years. All these universities have to do is to demonstrate their potential to become world class,” Modi added.
Role of young IT professionals in changing the global outlook:
Hailing the role of young IT professionals in changing the global outlook towards India, Modi quipped “earlier we were seen as a land of snake charmers, exorcism and superstitions.
Furthermore, PM Modi said, “We are a nation of 800 million young people, 65 per cent of our population is below the age of 35 years. There is nothing that we cannot achieve with such a huge demographic advantage.”
“There is no state in the country where one does not find a Patna University alumnus among the top five bureaucrats. I have had the opportunity to work with many such bright officers,” Modi said while concluding his speech at the varsity.[“Source-timesofindia”]