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India is not Lagging Behind in Higher Education & Quality Research programme: HRD Minister Smriti Irani

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The Higher Education in India is in changing phase with many advancement all over the country. The Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister, Smriti Irani has said that “Indian higher education institutes did not figure in the global rankings, did not mean that the country was lagging behind in higher education and quality research. Irani referred to the country s “plurality” and said that the “unique nature and temperament” of India was not taken into consideration in global rankings.”

According to a report in Press Trust of India (PTI), Smriti Irani said, “A lot of hue and cry is raised about our higher education institutes not figuring in global ranking. The reason is not lack of high quality research work, but the fact that in India a large section of research work is done in vernacular languages, whereas global rankings only consider research in English.” India is having one of the Largest Pool of Engineers (with China & USA). We can achieve in every field with our talent in the country.

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Irani, however admitted that the “lack of awareness” among Indian researchers regarding patents and getting their research works published in international journals were among the key reasons behind the current situation. She further added that on 25th December, she would dedicate the digitised version of 29 undergraduate books to the nation. She termed the imitative as “e-UG Shala”. Also, NIRF Ranking by MHRD and framework will judge institutions based on country-specific parameters.

Also, we all must know that HRD Ministry has launched a number of mobile apps for children and web-based platforms allowing students to access study material online, and parents to keep a track of the performance and attendance of their children.

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