O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat conducted a three day conference on the theme ‘Universities of the Future: Knowledge Innovations and Responsibility’ from March 18 to 20. President of India, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the conference. The objective of the conference was to examine the future of Indian universities in the 21st century. The conference was jointly organised by International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building (IIHEd) and O. P. Jindal Global University.
Speaking on the occasion, President Mukherjee said, “Transforming universities into centres of excellence is the key challenge for policy-maker and academic leaders. Quality, affordability and accessibility are the three cornerstones of higher education which need to be understood in the Indian context. There is an urgent need to improve education system in terms of the quality of instruction, faculty, innovation and research and capacity building. Educational institutions have to gear up to face the socio-economic challenge the country is facing in terms of job creation.”
The President further emphasised on the linkage between education and industry. “Innovation should be linked to the market. Through collaborative work and international knowledge exchange, educational institutes can build a larger influence in the international education arena.’’
Talking about the pertinent need of the conference, Professor(Dr) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor, JGU said “The Indian higher education system is facing many challenges that are issues related to quality, quantity, accessibility and equity which are simultaneously being addressed. This is a defining moment for the Indian Higher Education with the political leadership aligned with institutional aspirations. With substantive and sustained regulatory reforms, and significant funding made available to the Indian Higher Education sector, we can realistically hope that the next decade can have a few Indian Universities to become truly world class.”
The other speakers and guests who attended the conference included Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, Governor of Haryana; Rambilas Sharma, Minister of Education, Government of Haryana; Kavita Jain, Minister for Women and Child Development; Ramesh Chander Kaushik, Member of Parliament, Sonepat to name a few.
According to JGU, the conference was a culmination of varied ideas and perspectives from noted academicians and scholars that aims to shape India's aspirations of building world-class universities through comparative and international dimensions.
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