On Wednesday, President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the Higher Education Summit organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) at New Delhi. In his speech, the President said that Liberal Arts education has to be treated as importantly as Science and technology. He also added that India needs to recast the available courses to meet the demands of the future. The Universities of India, claimed the President, have made progress while implementing an interdisciplinary approach.
He also said that he is happy with the fact that Universities of India in the present day have combined courses such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) with Animal Husbandry and Mathematics with Music also adding that more work on this account, however, is required. Calling for pedagogical changes in the curriculum followed by higher educational institutions presently, the President said that the world in the near future will be driven by machine intelligence and digital pathways combined with knowledge. The youth of our country will be required to prepare for this transformation and leverage the opportunities accordingly. The President said that in order to achieve this, the higher education has to be restructured with new courses and deeper research orientation. The curriculum followed by Higher Educational Institutions should give importance to ideas, innovation and incubation.
Among the other noted guests, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokrhriyal Nishank also attended the 15th FICCI Higher Education Summit and Exhibition 2019 organized at the Vigyan Bhavan New Delhi. Delegates from more than 65 countries, including regions such as CIS, Africa, Middle East and Asia also participated in the summit. The event to be organized over three days has the motto ‘Creative Economy Nation Building: Higher Education as the catalyst’.