Expressing happiness while releasing the book "The Education President" that compiles the addresses of the President Pranab Mukherjee during his visits to the institutions of higher education, Vice President M. Hamid Ansari said that the book was intended to rekindle a debate on the governance of institutes of higher learning in India leading them to become high quality institutions and result in a healthy higher education sector that seeks to become a knowledge society.
"It is generally accepted that higher education is an effective investment, both for individual mobility and for social development. Higher education institutions today have the role of imparting knowledge, training the minds of a new generation, and equipping them with intellectual and practical tools to respond to the economic and social demands of society," stated Ansari.
The book has been compiled and brought out by International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building of the O.P. Jindal Global University.
He pointed out that the educational scene in our country today presented a dismal picture of primary, secondary and university or professional education as it suffered from the tyranny of numbers, the folly of seeking quick fixes, and indifference to quality.
He also stressed the need for strong regulations to ensure that private universities were well governed and provide quality education.
He also congratulated the publishers of the book and hoped that the insights emerging from it would benefit both the specialists and the general public.