The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee during a round-table discussion in New Delhi, on 17 December, 2015, regarding education, innovation, and technology, stated that there exists heaps of talent in India. The only thing that mars an effective utilization of the same is the edification system, which has to comply as per the needs of present times.
Mukherjee also said that sharp talent and ability exist in the country, which is also laden with top class institutes. The only thing needed at this stage is to take some positive initiatives, which will satisfy the needs that emerge these days.
"For God sake it is the time for you. If at the age of 80 I try to learn from my grandchildren, you ought to take little initiative to comply with the requirements...," Mukherjee stated while referring to the education system in India.
There was a number of industry honchos that attended the round table discussion, like Snapdeal co-founder ounder Kunal Bahl, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, DIPP Secretary Amitabh Kant, Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Hero MotoCorp Joint Managing Director Sunil Kant Munjal etc.
Accepting that not even one Indian institute made it to the top 200 rankings, the President further stated that the edification infrastructure is among the largest.
“I sincerely thank you, particularly Pichai and many others who have come to participate. The subject on which you have spoken and various views which have emerged, I have no doubt will help the policy makers, administrators of the country...to reach at the core point of finding the solution," he added.
He mentioned that bright and sharp minds existed in the Indian subcontinent. Even the recruitment at the IITs is cent per cent, proving that there is no dearth of capabilities and talent. "... I used to have meetings with the vice chancellors of universities, directors of IITs, and today I am having a totally new generations of the people, brilliant minds...this inspires confidence," Mukherjee further added.