Kolkata: President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday called upon educational institutes to upgrade infrastructure, improve quality of teachers and learning capacity of students.
"I suggest that education infrastructure should be upgraded, improve the quality of teachers and learning capacity of students," Mukherjee said delivering the convocation address at the University of Calcutta.
He said to improve the quality of education, quality of faculty members must be improved and there should be an exchange of ideas.
Mukherjee said on his foreign trips he takes directors of NITs with him and vice-chancellors of various institutes so that they can meet their international counterparts.
In the last 3-4 years, he said he has noticed an increase in MoUs with foreign varsities.
The President said it was ironical that the country's higher education system, which is capable of producing world-class scholars, loses them to foreign universities.
He hoped some Indian universities would find a place in the top bracket.
Mukherjee also called upon central higher level institutions to adopt five villages each and transform them into model villages by providing solutions to problems using resource persons and expertise available.
"I urge this university to pioneer this drive in the adjoining areas," he added.