Mohali, Sept 27: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the government would ensure greater investment from different sources to strengthen the university system which had a rich tradition.
"We will strengthen the university system even as we set
up new national institutes," he said at the foundation stone
laying ceremony of Indian Institute of Science Education and
research in newly-created S A S district of Punjab.
The government would ensure greater investment from all
sources to ensure expansion of the university system, the
Prime Minister said.
"We will attract more private capital into our varsities
while we step up public investment," he said.
Though several scientific research institutes had been
set up in the country since independence, there was decline in
"new recruits" entering these organisations, Singh said.
"These recruits have to come out of our university
system," he added.
His government wanted the country to become not only a
generator of knowledge but also a source of knowledgeable
workers, the Prime Minister said.
Pointing out that creative minds were not opting for a
career in basic sciences for a variety of reasons, he said
science was losing to other more lucrative disciplines even at
He said it was important to offer students an exciting
and stimulating research environment in universities, adding
"our endeavour to create new science education and research
institutes is a step in this direction."