President stated that good placement records alone do not bear testimony to an institution's international ranking and he stressed that for quality of higher education in the country to improve, it was necessary that importance be given to nurturing intellectual capital in institutions.
While pointing out that the LPU has students from more than 50 Countries, the President said this was a good achievement, one couldn't be satisfied with just this.
He recalled that India, with its universities in Taxila and Nalanda had been a world leader in higher education for more than 1300 years. It was time that all our Institutions of higher learning once again strove to become magnets for mighty minds - students and faculty from all across the world, he added.
The president called for reversing the trend of Indian students going abroad, only then will our education system succeed, he said.
"In a nation of 1.3 billion people, 757 Universities and more than 38,000 degree colleges is insufficient. More people require to have access to higher education. However, increasing numbers alone is not enough. It is essential that mind is applied to enhancing numbers with commensurate enhancement in the quality of education being offered", he said.
Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore, who presided over the convocation, exhorted the students to lead a life of purpose and do good work. At the convocation, Mukherjee was awarded honorary doctorate by LPU Chancellor Ashok Kumar Mittal, reported PTI.
The president awarded gold medals to 38 students. Besides, 164 students and Ph.D holders were awarded for their outstanding academic and research performances.
(With Inputs from PTI)
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