Knowledge and Innovation are the Keystones of Progress, says President




Knowledge and Innovation are the Keystones of Progress, says President

A speech of the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee on the occasion of the Second convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi was read out in abstentia today (March 15, 2015) by Shri M. Natarajan, Chairman of the Board of Governors. The President was unable to reach Mandi from Chandigarh due to bad weather.


The President said in his speech that India`s technical institutions must usher in social consciousness amongst our budding engineers and scientists. Along with professional competence, these centres of scientific learning must inculcate a social orientation in students. Our higher educational institutions are an integral part of the local eco-system. They must assume greater responsibility for overall development. The Government has taken important initiatives, aimed at financial inclusion, creation of model villages, Clean India and building of digital infrastructure. Institutions of higher learning including IIT Mandi should adopt five villages each and convert them into model villages in line with the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. He also asked them to play a key role in realizing the objectives of the ‘Digital India’ programme.

The President said the growing demand for engineering education has resulted in the establishment of a number of technical institutions. Yet in this proliferation drive, quality of instruction and physical infrastructure has taken a backseat. Rejuvenating our higher education sector calls for greater dynamism on the part of our institutions. They must identify one or two departments, in which they have core competence, and nurture them into centres of excellence. The quality of faculty must be of a high order to provide students world-class instruction. With fast occurring changes in various disciplines, the faculty must keep themselves abreast with the latest developments.

The President said to bring about qualitative changes in teaching, the newly-established IITs must leverage the expertise available in the older IITs. The National Knowledge Network offers a platform for academic institutions to collaborate through peer group learning in emerging areas. Additionally, this network can compensate for shortages in faculty, infrastructure and resources. Our educational institutions must also make an effort to develop linkages with international academic institutions.

The President said knowledge and innovation are the keystones of progress. Competitive advantage can be derived from an eco-system conducive to new learning, research and innovation. Inter-disciplinary approaches in course curricula and research, strengthening under-graduate research and making research integral to the teaching-learning process must gain focused attention. Strong linkages must be built with the Industry. The success of initiatives like the ‘Make in India’ programme depends on the manufacturing of quality industrial products. Good academia-industry interface can play a critical role in this regard.

The President said higher educational institutions, particularly engineering institutes, must promote a scientific temperament and spirit of inquiry in their students. They must encourage their students to follow their curiosity and explore their creativity. They must equip students to think beyond their textbooks and come up with ingenious ideas.

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PM condoles the demise of Shri Narayanbhai Desai


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of Shri Narayanbhai Desai.

"Narayanbhai Desai will be remembered as a scholarly personality who brought Gandhi ji closer to the masses. Sad to hear of his demise. Rest in Peace", the Prime Minister said.

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Union Home Minister holds bilateral meeting with Ministers of Japan and Russia

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh held bilateral meetings with Ministers of Japan and Russia during his visit to the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in Sendai, Japan today.

The Union Home Minister congratulated the Japanese Minister for Disaster Management Ms. Eriko Yamatani for assumption of the Presidency for this Conference, and assured her of India’s support in achieving a forward looking substantive outcomes from the Conference. The Union Home Minister noted the exemplary courage and resilience of the people of Japan and expressed solidarity in their reconstruction efforts after the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011. The Japanese Minister Ms. Yamatani acknowledged contribution of the 46-member Indian National Disaster Response Force, which was one of the foreign teams to arrive in Japan after the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011. The two Ministers exchanged views on possible bilateral cooperation in the area of disaster management, police training and modernization.

Shri Rajnath singh also met the Russian Minister for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters, Mr. Puchkov Vladimir Andreyevich. The two ministers exchanged views on enhancing the ongoing cooperation in dealing with emergency situations, natural disasters as well as encouraging greater institutional linkages between research and training institutes in the area of disaster management. The two ministers also discussed possible use for space-based technologies for averting natural disasters and their management.

The Union Home Minister also visited the town of Onagawa, where India’s NDRF team assisted the Japanese authorities in their search and rescue mission from 26 March to 7 April 2011. He was received by the Mayor of Onagawa, Mr. Yoshiaki Suda, who briefed the Minister on the devastation caused by the earthquake and 20 meter high Tsunami. The Mayor expressed appreciation for the contribution of Indian NDRF and called it as an ‘empowering force’.

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Over 8.80 Lacs Cases Related Land Acquisition, Revenue and MNREGA, Involving Rs.200 Crores were Settled at National Lok Adalat Yesterday

Over 8.80 lacs land acquisition, revenue and MNREGA related cases were settled involving over Rs.200 crores at a National Lok Adalats that were held across the country yesterday. This is the second in a series of National Lok Adalats which are being organized one a month on a specific subject matter. The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) had drawn up a Calendar for this purpose under the directions of the Executive Chairman of NALSA and the Judge of the Supreme Court of India Mr. Justice T.S.Thakur, & and the Patron-in-Chief of NALSA & Chief Justice of India, Mr. Justice H.L.Dattu. The aim is to reduce pendency as well as prevent additional litigation swathing the courts, where settlements are possible. The National Lok Adalats also draw the attention of the public to the efficacious alternative dispute resolution method of Lok Adalat. Due to the efforts put across the country and with cooperation from the government departments and lawyers, a good number of cases have been settled finally and in an amicable manner. There will be no further appeal in these cases. Thus, it will have a significant impact on the judicial system. On the other hand, the settlement at pre-litigation stage would mean that, that many cases will not reach the courts.

Of the cases resolved yesterday, about 69000 are pending matters and 8.10 lacs are pre-litigation matters which have not reached the courts.
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