While addressing the 7th convocation ceremony of SRM University at Kattankulathur on Tuesday, Governor K. Rosaiah expressed his worry regarding the reduction of the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) below the world average.
He said, “What is worrying is that our country's GER is only around 12.4 per cent, which is much less, when compared to the world's ratio of 23.2 per cent. Equipping our large human capital with the right skill and knowledge and maximum utilisation of the human potential will make our nation a developed one.”
Rosaiah, also emphasized on the work that needs to be done right now and said that regulating and revitalising the higher education sector was the need of the hour to provide education on par with international standards.
In the ceremony, the Governor also bestowed honorary Doctor of Science to the Director of National Science Foundation of US, Subra Suresh.
While delivering a speech after receiving the honour, Suresh said, “In future, successful scientists and engineers would be those who would be able to integrate science and engineering with economics, humanities, law and culture. The NSF, of which I was made president in 2010, received a funding of $7 billion every year from the taxpayer's money and it acted as a promoter of science, research and knowledge.”
Talking to reporters at a later stage, Suresh, an alumni of IIT-M, said, “India's spending on non-defence research and also in higher education from its Gross Domestic Product was very low. However, he said such issues might soon be a thing of the past.” He further added, “Universities in the U.S. and Europe had existed for a very long time, while institutions like IIT were more recent, but the success and excellence achieved in a short period of time was remarkable.”
Continuing the ceremony, Rosaiah gave medals and prizes to the students who had secured university-level ranks.