"The challenge before us is vacancies in universities. Innovative measures like appointing eminent resources on short -term basis from research institutions, industry or abroad have to be adopted to reduce vacancies without dilution of standards," Mukherjee said at the first convocation of the Central University of Kerala here.

After noting that Indian varsities did not feature among the top-200 in the world, the President, however, expressed confidence that the emphasis being now applied by these on the ratings process would lead to a few Indian institutions breaking into the list of top universities.

"With greater impetus being provided to the ratings process now, I am confident of finding a few Indian institutions, including IITs and NITs, among the top-ranking universities in the next couple of years," he said.

“India needs such teachers in greater numbers today, who are not only dedicated towards teaching and committed to their students, but are also driven by a selfless desire to mould the morale of our society," he said.

In respect of the Central University of Kerala, which was established in 2009, the President said, "A School of Medicine and Public Health has been planned. In the context of the unfortunate 'Endosulphan' tragedy in Kasaragod, this is a welcome initiative."

He added that a classical language centre has also been envisaged.


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