The Education President - The Hindu

June 06, 2016

The book talks about President Mukherjee’s contribution to the field of higher education. OP Jindal Global University (JGU) last week announced the launch of the book The Education President. Its first copy was presented to President Pranab Mukherjee during a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The book talks about President Mukherjee’s contribution to the field of higher education and was released by Vice-President Hamid Ansari. It has been published by the International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building (IIHEd), OP Jindal Global University. Speaking on the occasion, the President said, “There is an urgent need to focus on improving the quality of teaching, research and faculty in our universities. I hope the book will provide some valuable inputs to raise academic standards while promoting international benchmarks in excellence, quality and institutional governance.” Introducing the book, the lead author of the book, Prof C. Raj Kumar, said, “The book will seek to evaluate the role of the President of India within the legal, Constitutional and institutional framework. Its aim is to bring issues relating to institutional governance within the larger framework of accountability and transparency of higher education institutions.” The co-authors of the book — Yugank Goyal, Anamika Srivastava, Nisha Nair, Srinjoy Sarkar and Prateek Pathak — are faculty members of JGU. President Mukherjee also expressed concern over the falling standard of higher education in the country. However, he praised the role of the private sector in the education sphere. “Private institutions constitute about 60 per cent of students enrolled in higher education. Starting from 20 universities in 1950, we have come a long way as there are 712 universities in the country currently. However, there is a need to highlight and rectify the declining quality in standards, particularly in the areas of higher learning when it comes to private institutions.” Yugank Goyal, who was present at the venue, said, “The book will highlight the contribution of President Mukherjee for his exemplary leadership and efforts in recognising that the future of India is solely dependent upon the ability to empower the higher education institutions.”