Dhanbad, May 10 UNI | 2 months ago

President Pranab Mukherjee today said development should touch the lives of all people, especially those lagging behind in the socio-economic ladder and every individual must count and be made capable of contributing towards their personal uplift as well as society as a whole.

Speaking on the 36th annual convocation of Indian School of Mines (ISM) here, Mr Mukherjee said many of the socio-economic problems call for innovative solutions at the grassroots level.

"There is marvellous ingenuity amongst people in India', he said and called upon Indian institutions of higher learning to nurture innovation for the benefit of the common man. He said research pursuits help redefine the frontiers of a discipline.

"Our institutes of higher learning must take up issues relevant to their social and economic context for in-depth research', he added.

Adding further he said ISM was located in a region which is rich in mineral resources and the institute should concentrate on developing technologies that increases the efficiency of resource extraction.

The President mentioned that an important survey conducted by the India Skills Report, 2014 has revealed that only 52 per cent of engineering graduates and 34 per cent of our overall skill pool are employable.

Advocating for a change he said "we must make a determined effort to enhance the quality of our graduates."

He further said "though none of the country's institution figure in the list of top 200 universities in the world, we have made a beginning to present the achievements of our institutions in proper perspective." He said that he was happy to find good results in the last one year or so.

(Posted on 11-05-2014)