Mukherjee, who attended the 9th Convocation at National Institute of Technology (NIT) here today, said that NITs must strengthen the linkage with industry so that there is regular flow of inputs from industry experts on course curricula and research.
He also recommended that they must periodically evaluate their programmes based on industry trends.
"Every NIT should set upon Industry Cell in collaboration with local industry and industry associations which will develop collaborative research projects, internships, faculty exchanges and workshops," he said.
Mukherjee said that higher academic institutions in India lack orientation towards research, as a result of which, their standing amongst the top global institutions is not high.
'Our institutions must be able to challenge the frontiers of knowledge and be able to make revolutionary contributions in different disciplines. They must find solutions that help the common man lead a better life,' he said.
'They must be able to guide policymakers on issues ranging from energy security to environment degradation, sanitation, urbanization, healthcare and education,' he added.
He also said the future progress would depend increasingly on the ability to innovate, to devise efficient processes for the industrial sector and better solutions for governance.
He further said it is necessary to permeate the spirit of innovation to all sectors - business, government, education and society.
"The Indian innovation strategy must focus on generating ideas that promote inclusive growth and benefit those at the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid," he added.
--ANI (Posted on 23-11-2013)