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Pranab IIT rank ‘dismay’

Kharagpur, Sept. 15: President Pranab Mukherjee today expressed his dismay at Indian educational institutions, including the IITs, failing to find a place among the top centres of higher learning in the world.

At the 58th convocation of IIT Kharagpur, Mukherjee said: “I feel it necessary to share with you my sense of dismay at recent reports that not a single Indian university or institute of higher learning, not even one of the IITs, figures in the list of (the) 200 top-rated universities of the world.”

He asked: “Why are we, a rising economic superpower, not able to promote our standards to be rated, indisputably, among the top 10 or even top 50 or 100 institutes?”

He welcomed IIT Kharagpur’s pledge to become one of the top 20 institutes of the world by 2020. A blueprint of the plan, Vision 20-20, was released by the IIT today in the President’s presence.