Bengaluru: President Droupadi Murmu urged Higher education institutions in the nation to identify themselves globally. Speaking at the inauguration of St. Joseph’s University here on Tuesday Murmu said that while there are many higher education institutions in the nation, not all are world-class. “On a global level, only few of them have been identified. Every university should work to get global recognistion,” he said.
Murmu said that a lack of exposure at our universities was forcing students to opt for foreign universities. “Many of our students seek out higher education and research in the West. Every educational institution in our country should be world-class and act as change agents,” she added.
Murmu praised the National Education Policy (NEP) and said it was an effort to align academics with changing needs. She is the third President to visit St. Joseph’s. The institute was first visited by the then-President Rajendra Prasad in 1957, and later by Neelalam Sanjiva Reddy in 1982. In April 2021, St. Joseph’s College (autonomous) was granted university status by the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA). St. Joseph’s, which opened its doors in 1882, is run by the Bangalore Jesuit Educational Society.
Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Minister of Higher Education C. N. Ashwath Narayan, and Bangalore Archbishop Peter Machado were present.