India needs quality education to maintain its leadership: Patil
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Last Updated: Friday, January 08, 2010, 23:00
  
Amravati: India needs multi-dimensional and broad-based quality education to maintain its leadership in the 21st century, President Pratibha Patil said here today.

She was delivering the convocation address at the 26th convocation ceremony of Sant Gadgebaba Amravati University (SGAU) organised at Sports Complex of the University.

"We need experts in various fields to set system and to perform tasks efficiently, within shortest time and in the most effective manner by using different techniques," she said.

Patil said that the current challenge before the nation was to improve the quality of its education.

"The 11th Five-Year Plan has given greater focus and financial allocation to higher education and its objectives are expansion, inclusion and excellence of education. The education system as a whole and its every constituent unit must focus on how these three objectives can be achieved with urgency," she stressed.

"We need to ensure that all sections of the society get chance to get education. Universities should provide courses which would help students to undertake income- generating activities or to be self-employed," Patil said.

The President said universities should play a role to develop students as compassionate human beings and to inculcate values in them to make them responsible citizens.

PTI


First Published: Friday, January 08, 2010, 23:00


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