4th SEP 2014 :Sikkim Governor Shriniwas Patil  inaugurated today the Sri Ramaswamy Memorial University (SRM) at Chintan Bhawan in Gangtok . He extended heartfelt greetings to everybody present on the occasion. “Higher education in India is passing through a phase of unprecedented expansion, marked by an explosion in the volume of students; hence the enormity of the challenge of providing equal opportunities of quality education to the ever-growing number of students is a historic opportunity for correcting sectoral and social imbalances to ensure a reinvigoration of institutions and extension of the frontiers of knowledge,” he said.
The governor also said the focus of the 12th Five Year Plan is to provide equal access to all for quality education. Patil said the Gross Enrolment Ratio for higher education moved up to 23 per cent in 2013 and the expectation of people in seeing their aspirations fulfilled is rising every day. “I would like to point out that the governments, both at thehe centre and the state, cannot meet the targets of higher education alone. We need more active participation from private entrepreneurs and global investors,” he said.

 The governor further noted, “I am happy to share that SRM University of Tamil Nadu was ranked the No. 1 private university in India by ‘The Times of India’ recently. I have also learned that the varsity has entered into collaborations with nearly 40 universities abroad and has initiated exchange programmes at the faculty and student levels. The Sikkim government, which enacted a special Act for facilitating the establishment of the SRM University, expects more of such facilities to be brought here in course of time for the benefit of Sikkimese students”.

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