Book Launch of “The President of India and The Governance of Higher Education Institutions

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Online PR News – 07-November-2015 – 6th November, Gurgaon – The International Institute for Higher Education and Capacity Building (IIHEd), O.P. Jindal Global University recently launched a book written by its faculty members led by its Founding Vice Chancellor Professor C Raj Kumar titled, “The President of India and the Governance of Higher Education Institutions” in the presence of an august gathering in Delhi. The manuscript has been published by Universal Law Publishing/LexisNexis Imprint. The co-authors of the book are faculty members of JGU: Prof Yugank Goyal, Prof. Anamika Srivastava, Ms. Kavana Ramaswamy and Prof. Ramanujam.

The book examines the role and functions of the President of India as the Visitor to 114 higher education institutions in the country, and simultaneously highlights the imperative need for raising academic standards while promoting international benchmarks in quality, excellence and institutional governance.

It particularly provides a glimpse of the contribution of President Mukherjee for his farsighted leadership and initiative in recognizing that the future of India is significantly dependent upon our ability to empower the higher education institutions, which will help India establish a knowledge based society.

The pre-launch first copy of the book was presented to the Honorable President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee by JGU Founding Chancellor Naveen Jindal and Founding Vice Chancellor, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Speaking on the occasion, The President congratulated the authors of the book and the O.P. Jindal Global University as well as the International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building for bringing out the book and also underlined the need to focus on improving the quality of teaching, faculty and research in our Universities.

Amongst the Guests of Honor at the book launch were Prof. (Dr.) Virander S. Chauhan, Chairman National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and Mr. Phil Baty, Editor at Large, Times Higher Education Magazine and Editor of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and Mr. Trevor Barratt, Managing Director TES Global Limited.

Prof. Chauhan while speaking on higher education in India and the significance of the book said, “There is a huge debate each time we speak of the quality of higher education in the country. The pyramid of education in India is really a flat pyramid. The book states this and I completely agree with it.” Elucidating the current President’s role in the governance of higher education institutions in the country he said, “The President of the country is deeply focused on the quality of higher education in the country and the rankings of higher education institutions in the country.”

Mr. Phil Baty applauded the existence of IIHEd and said, “I think higher education is one of the most neglected areas for research and it is encouraging that Prof. Raj Kumar and his team of faculty members have researched their own sector.”
Mr. Trevor Barratt, Managing Director TES Global Limited, London while appreciating the original work of the authors said, “This book addresses some of the most fundamental challenges of governance that higher education institutions in India are facing”. Article Source :-