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