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Lack of quality Research & Innovation is the foremost challenge for the country: HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar

On the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima, the Ministry of Human Resource Development organized a National Conference of Vice Chancellors & Directors of Higher Education Institutions of India in New Delhi. Union Minister of Human Resource Development Shri Prakash Javadekar chaired the conference and Minister of State for HRD, Higher Education Dr. Satya Pal Singh also graced the occasion.

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The three- day Conference started on 26th July and culminated on 28th July 2018. All Vice Chancellors of Central Universities, State Public Universities, Deemed to be Universities, State Private Universities, Directors of Central Institutes, such as IITs, IISc., IIMs, IISERs, IIITs, NITs and other central institutions participated in the Conference.

Speaking on the occasion Shri Javadekar said that lack in innovation and quality research was the foremost challenge for the country.

The minister further emphasized creating a positive and lively environment to enhance the quality of education in all central and private universities.

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said,” It is time to show India’s progress to the world in the field of education. The country hosts many world-class educators who are working in silos and they need to break walls and come forward to share their knowledge.”

He added,”It has been found that many Indians, including few parliamentarians, are among the world’s top teachers and the country should make the best use of such resources.”

While addressing the gathering Dr. Satya Pal said that research & innovation is the key factor in revolutionizing the higher education scenario of the country. He further said that in order to improve the quality of the education ‘Guru’ must be respected more than any staff in all the educational institutions. He also pointed out that Indian higher educational institutions apply very less number of patent applications; it must be increased if we want to become a Worlds leader (Vishwa Guru) in the field of education again.

Flagging the issue of plagiarism in the Ph.D. thesis, Javadekar said, “A software has been developed which will be made available to all universities to stop plagiarism and will be available free of cost on the UGC website”.

Besides vice-chancellors of various universities across the country, the meeting was also attended by renowned educationists, heads of statutory professional councils and directors of inter-university centers of the UGC.

Improving the quality of education by universities, best practices adopted in this regard and imparting vocational skills to students in higher educational institutions were also on the agenda besides discussing the action taken on recommendations made during the vice-chancellors’ conference last year.

Delivering the welcome speech, Secretary (Higher Education) of HRD Shri R. Subrahmanyam said,”the purpose of the conference was to set a focus for the educational advancement of the country. Our prime focus is on promoting Research & Innovation, which will make significant gains in the higher education space and also promote excellence in our institutions. The Ministry is making all possible efforts to transform these education hubs into a place where intellectuals are created.”

The theme of the Conference was Research & Innovation in Higher Education. Various sessions were held on Promoting Research & Innovation in HEIs, Quality Mandate & Teacher Training and Digital Initiatives of HRD Ministry. Some of the important initiatives undertaken by the ministry in these areas are as follows:
•Promoting Research & Innovation
•Improving Quality of Education
•Teacher Training & Capacity Building

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