We should develop universities as temples of higher learning, says Pranab Mukherjee at Osmania University

President Pranab Mukherjee voiced concern that Indian universities were lagging far behind in basic research and innovation.

President Pranab Mukherjee addressed the inaugural function of centenary celebrations of Osmania University in Hyderabad today. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that we should develop universities as temples of higher learning.

They should be places for creating a learning environment where free exchange of ideas will take place and where mighty minds in the form of students and teachers would exchange ideas. Osmania University was established with the dream that it will be a place where free minds will meet, they will freely exchange ideas and views and that all will live in peaceful co-existence.

Pranab Mukherjee voiced concern that Indian universities were lagging far behind in basic research and innovation. In ancient times, India played a leading role in the field of higher learning. Universities such as Taxila, Nalanda, Vikramshila had attracted mighty minds in the form of students and teachers. The President added that today there is no doubt that there has been huge development of educational infrastructure in the field of higher learning.

As visitor to more than 100 central institutions of higher learning, Pranab Mukherjee had been continuously emphasising that these institutions in India should occupy their rightful place in the international ranking.

"There should be interface and effective inter-linkages between industry and academia. We cannot live in isolation. There is a need for investment in research and innovation so that we can occupy our rightful place in the international community," he said.

The President emphasised that these ideas must be translated into practical action.

Telangana Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and his cabinet colleagues attended the inaugural ceremony of the centenary celebrations.

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