Sambalpur: Union Law Minister M
Veerappa Moily today asked all universities and institutions
of higher learning and research to march towards excellence
and face challenges within the country and abroad.
Addressing the convocation of Sambalpur University
here, Moily also highlighted the need for setting up higher
standards to be enforced by professional, scientific and
research bodies as well as by the proposed National Council
for Higher Education and Research.
He said globalisation is a relevant issue for higher
education as India was a founder member of the World Trade
Organisation and has undertaken certain obligations.
Describing General Agreement on Trade in Services
(GATS), a pact within the WTO, as an important development, he
said developing common curriculum, evaluation standards,
recognition of credits and grades, professional accreditation
and periodic assessment of standards were likely to impact on
higher education too.
Universities and other institutions in India must
deliberate on these developments and take informed decisions
affecting their status as well as standards of education, he
said adding they must make initiatives to build a network both
within India and overseas through MoUs.
"We need to focus on creation of bench marks in every
field of knowledge as well as constant effort to improve the
same on a regular basis," Moily said.
This is the only way through which institutions of
higher learning can attract a large number of faculty and
students from other countries, he said.