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Education and judiciary need reforms, says Arun Jaitley

Jaitley was reacting to the views of Professor Philip Altbach, an American author and researcher, who spoke about the challenges India is facing in the field of higher education at the same function.

pune Updated: Dec 18, 2017 16:50 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Pune
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Union finance minister Arun Jaitley was present at the 14th convocation ceremony at the Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Lavale on Sunday in Pune.(HT PHOTO)

Pune Education and judiciary are the two important sectors where reforms are presently needed,” finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Sunday in Pune.

Jaitley was reacting to the views of Professor Philip Altbach, an American author and researcher, who spoke about the challenges India is facing in the field of higher education at the same function.

Jaitley also addressed the displeasure expressed by SB Mujumdar over the Supreme Court's directive restraining Symbiosis using the word "university" while it is still deemed.

The finance minister was in the city for the 14th convocation of Symbiosis International (deemed university) and emphasised the need for reforms in education and the judiciary.

Jaitley said, “India is a country with a very large population. It is either an asset or a liability. India has a potential to create human resources which can service various economies in the world. This is already happening, but as a catalyst, we need more focus on the education system."

He added that resources from the government and outside the government would help in establishing larger institutions with the capacity to turn out a million minds which would add to India’s strength. He further stated that India now has a more liberalised economy and society and respects merit more than ever, irrespective of the background of the person.

5,000 get their certificates, 12 gold medallists

During this convocation ceremony, over 5,000 students were conferred diplomas, undergraduate,postgraduate and doctorate degrees. In addition, 12 gold medallists were honoured for academicexcellence.

Prof S B Mujumdar ‘Outstanding Foreign Student of the Year’ award wasestablished last year. This award is arecognition of the exemplary achievements of students, studying anywhere in India. This year it waspresented to Marzia Rahmanyar from Afghanistan. She studied gender, culture and developmentstudies at the Savitribai Phule Pune University.

India outdoes the US in higher education volumes

At the 14th convocation ceremony of Symbiosis International (deemed university), a D Lit degree was conferred upon Rahul Bajaj and Professor Philip Altbach. Sharing his views Professor Philip Altbach said, “I have watched Indian universities grow and expand and many have become a part of the global stage in higher education. India recently left United Stated of America behind in the total number of students studying in higher education institutes

Speaking about United States of America (USA), Altbach said, “Global knowledge economy and changing trends are today affecting everyone. Yet, under the leadership of Donald Trump, America is trying to move away from internationalisation by seeking to move ahead alone.” Sharing his views on the challenges faced by India Altbach said that large academic systems in India are lacking in leadership in terms of international consciousness. “Policies that will serve internationalisation need to be in place,” said Altbach.

First Published: Dec 18, 2017 16:49 IST