The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday received the first copy of the book titled “The Education President” at a function held in Rashtrapati Bhavan.

He received the book from Vice President, Shri Mohammad Hamid Ansari who formally released it.

The book comprises the information of the contribution that President Mukherjee has made in the field of higher education. It aims at the visits of President Mukherjee to 116 institutions of higher learning in India. The book has been published by the International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building at the OP Jindal Global University in Haryana.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said it was the contradiction between our aspirations to occupy a place at the high table of the comity of nations and the reality of higher education in the country that motivated him to draw attention to the need to improve quality of higher education in the country.

He further said “India has a large higher education network comprising 757 universities and over 38,000 colleges. However, issues relating to quality and excellence are one of the biggest challenges, yet to be addressed comprehensively. We must keep up with our own past.”