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Ranchi: “There is a need to improve international rankings of Indian institutions of higher education,” said President Pranab Mukherjee.

“In the last three and half years, I have visited more than 100 institutions and there was no lack of merit on the part of our higher learning institutions. They, however, need to promote themselves better. Noble laureates like Hargobind Khurana and V Ramakrishnan completed their studies in Indian universities,” Mukherjee said at Vinoba Bhave University in Hazaribagh.

He lauded the efforts of two Indian institutions that have broken into the top 200 for the first time and said he was confident that many more would join these institutions soon.

The President — who is an a two-day visit to the state — said Vinoba Bhave University now had 24 post-graduate departments, 22 constituent colleges and 91 affiliated colleges that offer teaching and research programmes in humanities, science, commerce, management, computer application, engineering, law, education and medicine.

Having completed two and a half decades, Vinoba Bhave University is quickly proceeding towards realising its vision of becoming a modern 21st-century institution and centre of excellence, he said.

Mukherjee said universities cannot work in isolation, and should contribute to the betterment of society.

He said India was well known for education and research in the past.

There was a time when India played a leading role as a centre of higher education. Renowned seats of learning like Takshashila, Nalanda, Vikramashila, Valabhi, Somapura and Odantapuri enabled India to lead the world for almost 1,800 years, he said.

On the occasion, former union finance and external affairs minister Yashwant Sinha, who earlier represented Hazaribagh in the Lok Sabha, was conferred with D Litt (Honoris Causa) degree.(IANS)

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Interesting facts to know about Pranab Da : Ex President Mukherjee turns 82 today

Happy Bday Pranab Da! Here are some facts about our Former President Pranab Mukherjee

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Pranab Mukherjee India Economic Summit 2009 (Wikipedia)

Ex-President Pranab Mukherjee turns 82 today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sends wishes

Today social media was flooded with good wishes for Mukherjee from all over the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also wished Pranab Mukherjee and said he prayed for his long and healthy life. Pranab Da was born this day in 1935 in Mirati, a village in the Bengal Presidency of British India (now in Birbhum district, West Bengal).

President Ram Nath Kovind also wished Pranab Da on Twitter. “Birthday greetings and best wishes for a long and happy life to former President Shri Pranab Mukherjee, whom we affectionately call “Pranab Da”,” he tweeted. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu also wished him long life and good health. He said he admired him for his statesmanship.

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Former President Pranab Mukherjee (Wikimedia Commons)

Here are few facts about Pranab Da to know on his birthday :

1.Before joining politics Pranab Da was a professor in Vidyasagar College in South 24 Paraganas in 1963.

2. It was year 1969 when Pranab Mukherjee got his break in politics under mentorship of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Indira Gandhi also got him elected as a member of Rajya Sabha.

3. Pranab Mukherjee had also worked as a journalist with a local Bengali newspaper, named Desher Dak.

4. Pranab Mukherjee served as Union Finance Minister from 2009 to 2012 and the Congress party’s top troubleshooter before being elected as President of India.

5. While Presidentship, as the 13th President of India, he taught school children the political history of India on Teacher’s Day.

6. After the demise of Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Pranab Mukherjee quit the Congress and formed his own political party, the Rashtriya Samajwadi Party.

7. Pranab Mukherjee has served as Finance Minister in both Pre-Liberisation and Post-Liberisation eras

8. After his appointment as the 13th President of India, Mukherjee has rejected seven mercy petitions including that of Afzal Guru and Ajmal Kasab.

9. Pranab Da is also an avid book lover who used to read books for a long time and also written many books, including them the most famous was “The Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Years”.

May Pranab Da live a long and healthy life and keep guiding us! Wish him a very happy Birthday.

– by Shaurya Ritwik, Shaurya is Sub-Editor at NewsGram and writes on Geo-politcs, Culture, Indology and Business. Twitter Handle – @shauryaritwik