Patil added, “When India became an independent nation, we had 19 universities and 500 colleges with 22 lakh students and 24,000 teachers. Today, we have 795 universities, 40,000 colleges and three crore students. But, the current education system in our country has no interaction with the industry. Out of 55,000 engineers, only three per cent qualify according to their skills for industrial work, which is sad.”
Patil was the chief guest at the Fergussonians, alumni of Fergusson College award presentation ceremony. The alumni presented the Gaurav and Abhiman awards at the Firodia Auditorium, Fergusson College.
Patil also stressed upon the need for research and changes which colleges need to make to the education system. “If we can channelise the energy of the youth in the right direction, we should be able to meet with international standards, which includes training for the industry environment,” said Patil.