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Coimbatore

Scholars should do original research, not ‘cut and paste’, Prakash Javadekar

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The Central government is poised to implement higher education sector reforms, including giving complete autonomy to more higher educational institutes, to achieve global standards and high quality research, said Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar.

Delivering the chief guest’s address at the 90th anniversary celebrations of PSG & Sons’ Charities, dedicated to higher education, healthcare and community service, he said the autonomy given to higher education institutes is aimed at creating a larger sense of responsibility, competitive environment, and world class research, helped by state of the art infrastructure, including laboratories and libraries. He encouraged stakeholders in higher education to come forward to apply for autonomy.

Calling upon research scholars to do original work in their respective fields of study, as in western institutes, Javedkar said, “Unless you add something new to the existing knowledge pool, it cannot be called research. Mere compilation of data, facts and figures cannot be claimed as research by any student or institute. It is simply nothing more than ‘cut and paste’.”

Contrasting the prevailing scenario with the country’s glorious past, he said, “We were the best of the lot then. Ancient universities, like Nalanda, would have stood first if there was a university ranking list in those days. I realise that the PSG group of institutions have set a model for others to follow in providing quality higher education.”

GR Karthikeyan, founder trustee of PSG & Sons Charity reminisced that from a small beginning of starting a high school for Peelamedu residents, the PSG group of institutions have grown into a major player in higher educational sector in the country.

The charity was registered in 1926, the polytechnic college started in 1943, PSG Arts College in 1947, and an autonomy granted in 1978. The PSG College of Science and Technology was founded in 1951.

“The PSG Medical College Hospital is all set to extend to lung and heart transplant facilities in 2017,” he said, at the programme, where academicians, teaching staff of the PSG group of institutions and students took part.

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