President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday stressed the urgent need to improve the declining education standards in the country while sharing the proud details of the recent achievements of the country at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the 26th Convocation ceremony of the Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra.
In fact, India with over 4,200 start-ups has the third largest start-ups eco-system in the world, behind the US and the UK, said the President. “Due to facilitated environments that have evolved, the youth today has a greater share for entrepreneurship. Many start-ups in India have become successful and have shown the path of progress to others,” said Mukherjee.
He said that through promoting such institutions of excellence, by bringing in quality faculty, establishment of research parks, cutting edge-research can be sought, which will further help in developing a world-class eco system in the institutions of our country.
The President also said that institutes can also pursue establishment of partnerships with foreign and domestic institutions by signing Memoranda of Understanding. “There was a need for giving a boost to start-ups to provide a head-start to various innovative activities. I urge the faculty and students of BIT Mesra to continue to thrust on socially responsive projects through science and technology. The students should graduate from such institutions to not become job seekers but, emerge out as job-creators,” said the President.