India News | For India to become a global knowledge hub, institutes of learning must be globally comparable: Kovind
Jammu, Jun 09 (PTI) Claiming that the national education policy seeks to position India as a “knowledge hub”, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Thursday that for India to become one, institutes of learning in the country should be globally comparable.
Focusing on start-ups, Kovind said several of them in the country have succeeded through the convergence of technologies and opportunities and are described as the emerging pillar of the Indian economy.
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“The National Education Policy aims to position India as a knowledge center in today’s knowledge economy. It aims to equip our young people for the 21st century world while preserving our ancient values which remain relevant even today,” Kovind said in his address to the fifth convocation of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Jammu.
The president also inaugurated a diversity unit at the institute.
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“For India to become a global knowledge hub, our institutes of learning must be globally comparable.
“I am happy to see that the number of Indian institutions in the global ranking is gradually increasing. I expect new institutions like IIM Jammu to quickly adopt global best practices and strive for better ranking,” said he added.
Kovind also noted that India’s ranking in the Global Innovation Index has fallen from 76 in 2014 to 46 in 2021.
“Innovation and entrepreneurship are mutually reinforcing,” he said.
On a successful start-up ecosystem in the country, the President said, “Unicorns, which are start-up companies with a market valuation of $1 billion and above, are proving to be game changers. . These unicorns, most of which are created by young people, must be an inspiration to all of you.”
The mindset of being a job giver and not a job seeker among young Indians is one of the key factors in our country which has one of the best start-up ecosystems in the world, he added.
He praised IIM Jammu’s collaboration with the Indian Dalit Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Confederation of Indian Industry, which he said “will set up a special diversity cell to help potential entrepreneurs from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes”.
“I am told that this will be the first such center among IIMs,” he said.
Kovind also expressed his joy at the cooperation between Jammu-based IIM, Indian Institute of Technology and All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
“I am happy that these three institutes are integrating and offering courses in which students from one institute can access the other. This integration of courses and institutes is in line with the objectives of the National Education Policy-2020 “, did he declare.
The President also urged IIM and other institutes in Jammu and Kashmir to embrace cities and towns and channel the potential of people in the union territory towards higher goals.
To fainting, Kovind said that education and knowledge eliminate ignorance and liberate the mind and soul.
Only that learning which liberates the learner is real learning, he added.
Stating that the role of rapid technological change is going to be disruptive, Kovind told the students: “The lifespan of technologies is getting shorter and shorter. Consequently, the lifespan of management and leadership styles is also going to be shorter. with such a scenario, you have to move from a mindset of ‘using the known’ to an approach of ‘exploring the unknown’,” he said.
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