NITs must work towards promoting scientific temper: President

July 21, 2014

Knowledge and innovation are the foundation of progress and prosperity, President Pranab

Mukherjee said.

According to an IANS report, the president said in this age of globalisation, students can derive

competitive advantage only from an ecosystem conducive to new learning, research and


Pranab Mukherjee had come to inaugurate the golden jubilee celebrations of National Institute

of Technology (NIT) in Tiruchirappalli, 325 km from Chennai.

He said NITs must work towards promoting scientific temper in students. "Yet, given the present

socio-economic condition of our country, the thrust of research must be to erase backwardness

and wipe out deprivation".

Mukherjee also informed that there has been an increase in the number of Indian institutes in

the top 100 in Asia.

In 2013, the total number of Indian institutes in the top 100 in Asia was only three, which has

increased to 10 in number, this year. He said that NITs should take a cue from this.

President told that five Indian institutions were amongst the top 20 universities amongst the

BRICS group of nations.

Adding, he said, ""Featuring in international rankings has several positive spin-offs, in terms

of intangibles like boosting the spirits of students and faculty, to more tangible benefits like

better placement for students. More importantly, active participation in rankings will propel the

development of institutions in the right direction".

Recently, India has become a permanent member of the Washington Accord, which is an

international accreditation agreement amongst 17 countries for professional engineering


Mukherjee had offered prayers at the Punnainalur Sri Mariamman temple in Thanjavur, around

60 km from Tiruchirappalli, earlier. Source: I.T.

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