President Pranab Mukherjee greets Trump and Americans with an Independence Day message

Claudine Rigal
Июля 6, 2017

In a rather personal speech to graduating students and faculty of the Indian Institute of Science, President Pranab Mukherjee said he was "deeply satisfied" that his last visit was to the institute that has made India proud.He was in the city for the convocation ceremony of IISc on Wednesday during which 625 students were given degrees and 52 awarded medals for their academic performance.Through his speech, Mr. Mukherjee drew his connections to the country's premier science institution. "This is a serious challenge to our planners and administrators and the government", he said.

In March, Mukherjee had congratulated IISc for figuring in the list of top 10 institutions in the Best Small Universities category of the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings 2017.

"One of my inspirations when I entered the teaching profession was the institute's Director J.C. Ghosh in the 1940s, who later became the first Director of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Khargapur in West Bengal", he recalled. "Unless we make investment in basic research, we can not make further progress", he said.Similarly, he warned that the advantages that India possessed during the early days of the Information Technology growth was diminishing, while challenges of global competition were increasing.

Observing that the country had 760 universities and 38,500 colleges across the country, the President said the massive expansion of the higher education sector had led resource constraints and dearth of quality teachers.

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai R. Vala and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah were present on the occasion with other dignitaries and invitees.

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