Kolkata: Observing that research in the higher education structure was a neglected domain, President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday called for transformative ideas to steer India’s educational institutions from the “muddy waters of mediocrity”. Delivering the Sir Asutosh Mookerjee Memorial Lecture to mark his 150th birth anniversary celebrations organised by the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Asutosh Mookerjee Memorial Institute, Mukherjee lamented that India was lagging behind the US and China in filing patent applications.

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