India's president urges improvement in education sector

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India's President Pranab Mukherjee urged the country to improve the education sector, during a function commemorating the birth anniversary of Acharya Satish Chandra Mukherjee, a teacher and educationist of the early 20th century.

Mukherjee was speaking in Kolkata at a function marking Acharya Satish Chandra Mukherjee's 150th birth anniversary, organized by the National Council of Education, Bengal. Delivering the Sir Asutosh Mookerjee memorial lecture, the President expressed his disappointment over the fact that there wasn't a single Indian institution in a ranking of the top 200 educational institutes in the world. He contrasted this to the period between the 3rd century BC and 12th century AD, when India was a leader in higher education in the world, and home to many globally renowned universities such as the university at Nalanda.

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