President to host second visitor’s conference

New Delhi, Nov 11 (IANS) President Pranab Mukhrjee will host the second visitor’s conference here at Rashtrapati Bhavan starting November 16, an official said on Friday.

The conference would provide an opportunity to the heads of central institutions to share their views over important issues that affect the higher education sector in India.

The three-day conference being organised from November 16-18 would bring together in one forum all heads of higher education institutions. Vice-Chancellors, Directors, Director Generals of Institutions of higher learning will be present on the occasion.

President Mukherjee is visitor of 126 central institutes of higher learning.

“The agenda for the visitor’s conference includes, creating world-class higher educational institutions, global alliance of institutes for research, innovation and technology development, making India a favoured destination for higher learning, technology-induced models of pedagogy and funding options for higher education,” an officials statement said.

On the first day of the conference, Mukherjee will launch the National Student Startup Policy in the presence of Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar and chairman All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Anil D. Sahasrabudhe.

The National Student Startup Policy has been formulated by AICTE with the aim to propel Indian youth to contribute to the nation’s socio-economic progress through promotion of technology-driven student start-ups, the statement said.

On the occasion, the statement said, a total of 32 central institutions and 65 industry organisations will exchange as many as 68 memorandum of understandings (MOUs).

On the second and third day of the conference, there will be panel discussions and group work on agenda items of the conference as well as a presentation on converting Rashtrapati Bhavan into a smart township and extending the experience to select villages through Smart Model Gram project.