President of India expresses happiness over IISc coming in fifth place

President of India expresses happiness over IISc coming in fifth place and 31 Indian Institutions figuring in top 200 in the QS BRICS Universities Ranking 2015

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee expressed happiness over Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru attaining the fifth position in the QS BRICS Universities Ranking 2015 and 31 Indian institutions figuring in the top 200 of the ranking. 

He was speaking after receiving a detailed analysis of India’s performance in the QS BRICS Universities rankings today (July 11, 2015) from Mr. Mohandas Pai, Chairman of the Indian Centre for Academic Rankings and Excellence (ICARE) at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The ICARE has been helping Indian Institutions of higher learning better understand global ranking parameters and encouraging their pro-active participation in the global ranking process. 

Mr. Pai informed the President that IISc not only ranks number 5 across Universities in all BRICS nations but is also ranked number 1 among BRICS countries in the parameter pertaining to research papers per faculty. He said 31 Indian Institutions have figured in top 200 in the 2015 QS BRICS Ranking, a rise from 20 in 2014. In the top 400, India has 94 institutions. More complete data from Universities in India has been responsible for much of the improvement in performance. Data collection still remains the greatest challenge in India. 50 Universities did not provide full data in spite of constant follow up and request. 

Responding to the presentation, the President said it was a proud moment for him and his associates at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Over the last two and a half years, he has addressed around 100 academic congregations calling upon them to improve their position in global ranking. India has outstanding and inherent talent, in both students and teachers which should be given a conducive environment to blossom. Nobel laureates like Har Gobind Khorana, S. Chandrasekhar, Dr. Amartya Sen and V. Ramakrishnan did their graduate or post-graduate studies in Indian Universities before they went abroad for higher learning. Our institutions sometimes are complacent and presume that the world is aware of what they are doing. If they come out of this mindset, they can achieve wonders. It is important to let the world know what their achievements are. 

The President expressed happiness that a large number of Central Universities have responded to his appeal to take measures to improve the quality of education, set up innovation clubs, create Networks of Inspired Teachers etc. He said Indian Universities have the potential to be the best, provided they can apply themselves to the task of improving quality and submit regularly relevant information to the ranking agencies. The President said he intends to interact with students and faculty of higher education institutions through video conferencing in the month of August using the National Knowledge Network. 

The President of India is ‘Visitor’ to 114 Institutes of higher learning including all Central Universities, Indian Institutes of Technology, National Institutes of Technology, Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research, the Indian Institute of Science and Indian Maritime University. In his capacity as ‘Visitor’, the President has visited 99 institutions since he assumed office. He has also convened in Rashtrapati Bhavan three conferences of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities, two conferences of Directors of NITs and one conference of Chairmen, Board of Governors and Directors of IITs in the last three years. The President has instituted Visitor’s Awards for the best Central Universities to promote healthy competition and motivate them adopt best practices from around the world. Further, the President has in all his foreign visits, included representatives of academic institutions as part of his accompanying delegation with a view to promoting international collaboration in education and research in our universities. 


President of India congratulates ISRO for the successful launch of PSLV-C28

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has congratulated the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for the successful launch of PSLV-C28. 

In his message to Shri A.S. Kiran Kumar, the Chairman of ISRO, the President has said, “My heartiest congratulations to you and your entire team at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the successful launch of PSLV-C28, carrying 5 satellites. I am happy to know that this launch is the heaviest commercial mission ever undertaken by ISRO. 

The launch of PSLV-C28 is an important landmark in our space programme. Please convey my greetings to all members of your team of scientists, engineers and technologists involved in this mission. I wish all your future endeavours great success”. 

President of India’s Message on the eve of National Day of Sao Tome and Principe 

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe on the eve of their National Day (July 12, 2015). 

In his message to His Excellency Mr. Manuel Pinto da Costa, the President of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to convey to you, to the Government and the people of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe warm greetings and felicitations on the occasion of your National Day. 

Our two countries enjoy warm and friendly relations. I am confident that our bilateral relations will be further strengthened in the years ahead to the mutual benefit of the peoples of our countries. 

Please accept, Excellency, my good wishes for your personal health and well-being, as well as for the progress and prosperity of the friendly people the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe.” 

PM inaugurates Yoga Centre, unveils bust of Mahatma Gandhi in Ashgabat

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today inaugurated a Traditional Medicine and Yoga Centre in Ashgabat. He also unveiled a bust of Mahatma Gandhi. Speaking at the occasion, after witnessing a Yoga demonstration, the Prime Minister said that this was an occasion of immense happiness for him - where children greeted him in Hindi, a bhajan was sung as the bust of the Mahatma was unveiled, and some Yoga asanas were demonstrated so accurately. 

The Prime Minister referred to his meeting with Turkmenistan President Mr. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov earlier today, and said that the President had said this was a small beginning towards his vision of a world class Yoga Centre, which would demonstrate the effects of Yoga to people. 

Referring to Mahatma Gandhi, the Prime Minister said the solutions to two big problems facing mankind today - terrorism and climate change - could be found in the life and thought of Mahatma Gandhi. 

The Prime Minister hoped that the Yoga Centre and the Mahatma Gandhi bust would spread a positive message across Central Asia. 


List of Agreements/ MOUs signed during the Visit of Prime Minister to Turkmenistan

1. Memorandum of Understanding on Supply of Chemical Products between the Indian Public Sector Undertaking ‘Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited’ and the Turkmen State concern ‘Turkmenhimiya’ 

2. Memorandum Of Understanding between the Foreign Service Institute of the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India and the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan 

3. Agreement Between The Ministry Of Youth Affairs And Sports Of The Republic Of India And The State Committee For Sport Of Turkmenistan On Cooperation In The Field Of Sports 

4. Programme Of Cooperation In Science And Technology Between The Government Of The Republic Of India And The Government Of Turkmenistan For The Period Of 2015-2017 

5. Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of Turkmenistan on Cooperation in Yoga and Traditional Medicine 

6. Memorandum Of Understanding Between The Government Of The Republic Of India And The Government Of Turkmenistan On Cooperation In The Field Of Tourism 

7. Agreement between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Republic of Turkmenistan on Cooperation in the field of Defence 

8. Indo-Turkmen Joint Statements 

PM presents President of Turkmenistan a specially handcrafted horse saddle

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today presented President of Turkmenistan, H.E. Mr. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, a specially handcrafted horse saddle. President Berdimuhamedov is a keen horse rider and known for his passion for horse breeding, racing and equestrian. 

Text of PM’s Media Statement in Turkmenistan

His Excellency Mr President, 

Members of the media, 

It is a great pleasure to visit Turkmenistan. I am also delighted to see Ashgabat. It stands on a once thriving trade route since ancient times. It is now a beautiful 'Ak Shaharim' or the White City. It reflects your great vision and the nation's prosperity. 

Mr. President, I am very grateful to you and the people of Turkmenistan for a very warm welcome and generous hospitality. 

Our long standing and deep-rooted civilisational and cultural ties are well known. It has created a sense of familiarity and goodwill between our people. It is a strong foundation of close relations between our two countries. 

India attaches great importance to this relationship. There is enormous potential for cooperation between India, a nation of 1.25 billion people with a large and rapidly growing economy, and Turkmenistan, a nation rich in resources. 

As India deepens its relations with Central Asia, Turkmenistan will play a crucial role in it. 

We have shared interests in a peaceful and stable Afghanistan and Central Asia. We also have common purpose in combating terrorism and extremism in our region. 

Connecting South and Central Asia will open up new economic opportunities in our region and beyond. 

I thank Mr. President for sharing this vision and for his strong support to the relationship. 

The most significant initiative in our relationship is the TAPI Gas Pipeline. This could transform regional economic cooperation and bring prosperity along the route. We welcomed the agreements between the four countries for the pipeline. We underlined the need to implement the project quickly. 

I also proposed to President that we should explore multiple options, including the additional possibility of land-sea route through Iran.

I conveyed our interest in long term investment in the energy sector in Turkmenistan. We welcome the decision by ONGC Videsh Limited to open an office in Ashgabat. 

We had a very positive discussion on India's interest in investment in downstream industries, including petrochemicals and fertilizer. The Memorandum of Understanding in the fertilizer sector will enable long term arrangements for supply of fertilizers from here to India. 

Connectivity is an area of priority for both countries. If we use the Iran route, Ashgabat is the first capital we would reach in Central Asia. 

We are grateful for Turkmenistan’s support to India joining the Ashgabat Agreement on trade and transit. I have also proposed that Turkmenistan becomes a member of the International North South Transport Corridor. 

Together with the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran rail link, and India's proposed investment in Chahbahar Port in Iran, these initiatives will strengthen connectivity between our countries. 

Training and human resource development is an important area of cooperation. India will enhance its training scholarship programme. I welcome the upgrading of the Turkmen India Industrial Training Institute in Ashgabat. 

The agreements on sports and tourism will deepen the contacts between our people. 

Later today, I will have the pleasure of unveiling the bust of Mahatma Gandhi. It will be a reminder of our shared commitment to the cause of a peaceful, inclusive and a just world. 

I am looking forward to the inauguration of the Centre of Yoga and Traditional Medicines. It is a tribute to our cultural links. It also gives us opportunities to revive our very old tradition of fruitful cooperation in traditional medicines. I also proposed to him that Ashgabat could be developed as an International Centre for Holistic Healthcare. I offered full support for it. 

The defence agreement is a reflection of our shared interest in closer security cooperation, including in combating terrorism. 

I am grateful to President and the people of Turkmenistan for the support in making the International Day of Yoga on June 21 a huge global success. 

I congratulated the President on the 20th anniversary of the adoption of Permanent Neutrality by Turkmenistan. India acknowledges the contributions of this policy to peace and stability in Turkmenistan and the wider region. 

Again, Mr. President, this has been a short but very productive visit. I am confident that our relationship will grow in strength in the coming years. 

I look forward to receiving you in India, Mr. President, in the near future. 

Thank you. 

PM congratulates the ISRO team for the successful launch of PSLV-C28

Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has congratulated the Indian Space Research Organisation team for the successful launch of PSLV-C28. 

"Successful launch of PSLV-C28 with 5 UK satellites is a moment of immense pride and joy for India. Congratulations to the ISRO team," the Prime Minister said. 
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