Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, the president, has said that determined efforts are required to enhance the quality of graduates in the country so that the overall skill pool is employable.
Speaking at the 36th annual convocation of the Indian School of Mines (ISM) Dhanbad, the President was quoted by IANS as saying : The India Skills Report 2014 has revealed that only 52% of engineering graduates and 34% of our overall skill pool are employable. This situation must change.
“We must make a determined effort to enhance the quality of our graduates,” he said.
The president also called upon all the Indian institutions to nurture innovation for the benefit of the common man and said research pursuits help redefine the frontiers of a discipline.
“Our institutes of higher learning must take up issues relevant to their social and economic context for in-depth research. ISM is located in a region rich in scarce mineral resources. So they should concentrate on developing technologies that increases the efficiency of resource extraction,” Mukherjee said.
He expressed his happiness to see many Indian institutions among the top in world rankings.
The president also said the ISM, Dhanbad should introduce resource-conserving industrial processes as that would be a key step in the direction of sustainable development.
“India does not have significant proven resources of a number of minerals that are very essential for modern industrial economies. India is deficient in gold and the platinum group of elements, nickel, rare-earth elements etc.
“Geological formations in India are similar to those of the African and Australian continents. Use of advanced exploration techniques could lead to discoveries in India comparable to that in these continents,” he said.