President Pranab Mukherjee lauded the performance of female students at the 64th annual convocation of Panjab University on Saturday.
Of 682 students, who were conferred degrees, 514 were females.
Out of 283 students, who were conferred PhD degrees, a total of 192 were girls.
While addressing the gathering, Mukherjee expressed his happiness for female students outshining male students.
“More than 2/3 students who were given degrees are women. It’s a very heartening sign,” said the president.
Punjab leads tally of PhD degree awardees
Punjab with 111 doctorates led the tally of eligible PhD degree awardees among the different states.
Out of total, 82 are female with 33 students from sciences, 19 from arts, 13 from education, nine from languages, one each from law, pharma sciences and fine arts and six from mass communication.
President stressed that country’s progress is determined to a large extent by human capital. “As such, education plays a decisive role in shaping the destiny of nations.
At the apex of the education system is the university. Indian universities have potential to be the leading institutions in the world. For that, urgent improvements in academic management are needed,” said President Pranab Mukherjee.
‘Make faculty up-to-date’
“To make faculty up-to-date in their field of knowledge, faculty recharge programmes must be conducted. To pursue excellence, core competencies must be identified and centres of excellence nurtured. To create quality consciousness, every institution must be benchmarked and accredited,” the President added.
PU vice-chancellor prof Arun Kumar Grover said PU stands put today along with the premier most Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in the same 276-300 bracket in Times Higher Education Rankings, as the two best academic institutions in India.
“However, all of you are aware, that worldwide rankings of two institutions do not meet the national aspirations as both these are far from being counted amongst the top hundred institutions worldwide,” he added.