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Central Universities should be lauching pads for innovative ideas: President Pranab Mukherjee

Updated on Sat, 08 February 2014 at 12:32 IST

Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India, while addressing the Conference of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities (CUs) at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Feb 6th, 2014, stressed that Central Universities can be a very good platform for innovative ideas. He also said that Education is no longer just the privilege of the elite, but a universal right. The Vice Chancellors of 40 Central Universities where the President is the Visitor are attending this Conference.

He said that India can be a world leader in education if we are able to harness the full petential of our education system.

Pointing out that the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NME-ICT) and National Knowledge Network (NKN) has already connected over 1163 institutions including 34 CUs, the President called upon remaining Universities to become a part of this e-family quickly. He called upon the Universities to effectively use the ICT networks for imparting quality education.

Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India; Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju, Union Minister for Human Resource Development; Dr. Shashi Tharoor and Shri Jitin Prasada, Ministers of State for Human Resource Development; Prof. Ved Prakash, Chairman, University Grants Commission and Vice Chancellors of 40 Central Universities.

 
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