During the launch of Krea University, the Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu said that not having enough high quality researchers and the declining number of students doing PhDs and entering research posts is a concern. He said that a country as populous as India with innumerable challenges from poverty to environmental degradation simply cannot do without innovation.
He called for an impactful coordination of Public-Private Sector in providing such education system.
Government should play the role of a strong facilitator and others supplement government’s efforts, he added.
He added that the higher education system in India still lags behind the standards of the world’s best universities. Mr. Naidu further said that in 2018, no Indian university was able to lock a place in the top 100 best universities in the QS World University Ranking.
The VP said that Indian varsities face a number of problems starting from shortage of funds to insufficient number of teachers to falling enrollment numbers.
He also said that the demand for skilled manpower in India is predicted to be 700 million by 2022 and India must provide the young and students with worthy and employable skills.