Progress not possible without knowledge society: Mukherjee

Stressing the need for research and innovation, President Pranab Mukherjee today said progress would not be possible without a knowledge society.
Knowledge leads to technology and technology to prosperity, Mr Mukherjee said in his address at the first convocation of the  Management Development Institute (MDI) at Murshidabad in West Bengal.
He recalled that he had taken the initiative for establishment of the institute when he was representing the area in Parliament.
As the first batch of students received their management degrees today, he was happy to share this significant moment in their life, he said.
The President said technology was the key to advancement. “Despite the fact we have created good infrastructure in our higher educational system, hardly any of the Indian Universities find place in the top global rankings,” he said.
After his continuous exhortation to institutions to take the ranking process seriously, the situation has started improving. Two institutions of higher learning have come within the top 100 in the world in the year 2015. Mr Mukherjee said he expected more institutions to figure high in the rankings in the future.
West Bengal Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi and Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal were among those present on the occasion.


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