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“Inspired teachers link individual goals of students to the national goals”

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President Pranab Mukherjee with the In-Residence Inspired Teachers from Central Universities, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on 11 June 2015.
President Pranab Mukherjee with the In-Residence Inspired Teachers from Central Universities, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on 11 June 2015.

New Delhi: President of India Pranab Mukherjee has underscored that an Inspired Teacher is a value-oriented, mission-driven, self-motivated and result-oriented individual who works towards impacting the environment in a positive manner through his own actions as well as by imparting knowledge among students to help them achieve their potential.

An Inspired Teacher links the individual goals of the students to the societal and national goals, the President said  and quoted the Greek writer and philosopher, Nikos Kazant-zakis who had said “True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own”.

The President was addressing thirty-one Inspired Teachers from Central Universities across the country attending the ‘In-Residence’ programme of Rashtrapati Bhavan yesterday (10 June 2015) at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The President said that there was a need to give dignity and recognition to quality teachers.  It was essential that such Inspired Teachers be recognized so that they have motivation and drive. The one week ‘In Residence’ programme at Rashtrapati Bhavan was part of that endeavour. Inclusion of members of the academic fraternity as accompanying delegates to foreign countries has also had a beneficial impact.

The President said that the big challenge we face in India today is the quality of teaching and learning in our higher academic institutions. Without upgrading the skill and knowledge quotient of a vast majority of the teachers, it would not be possible to improve standards of education in our country. India today needs many more competent teachers willing to dedicate themselves to improving the quality of education.

The President said that despite the proliferation of institutions for higher education seen in recent years, it is the quality of education imparted that poses serious concern. If we look into our past, we were leaders of higher education and could find seats of higher learning such as Nalanda, Takshashila, Vikramashila, Valabhi, Somapura and Odantapuri. These institutions dominated the world for a long period of time. However today, we lose meritorious Indian students who go abroad to pursue higher studies. Nobel laureates such as Har Gobind Khorana, Subrahmanyam Chandrasekhar and Dr. Amartya Sen did their graduate or post-graduate studies in Indian universities but went abroad for higher learning. We are capable of producing world-class scholars but lose them to foreign universities. He emphasized that a change in this position is possible through our collective efforts.

The Inspired Teachers were unanimous in saying that for them it was a lifetime opportunity to be participants of the week long ‘In Residence’ Programme at Rashtrapati Bhavan. They also said that this had been an empowering, engaging and motivating experience for them and made them feel more responsible to excel in their role as teachers.

The In-Residence programme for Inspired Teachers was announced by the President of India at the Annual Conference of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities on 5 February 2015. Similar programmes already exist for writers, artists, grass root innovators and NIT students.


IAS Probationers call on the President

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President Pranab Mukherjee with the Officers Trainees, attending IAS Professional Course Phase-I for 2014 Batch at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on February 20, 2015.
President Pranab Mukherjee with the Officers Trainees, attending IAS Professional Course Phase-I for 2014 Batch at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on February 20, 2015.

New Delhi: A group of 183 IAS probationers, including 3 officer trainees from the Royal Bhutan Civil Services, attending the IAS Professional Course Phase –I for the 2014 Batch called on President of India Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan today.

Addressing the probationers, the President said that he was glad to have an opportunity to meet the young officers who will have a definitive role in steering the destiny of the nation for the next three decades and more. He said that since independence, there have been several officers of the Indian Administrative Service who have left an imprint on the nation by their illustrious service.

The President stated that over the years the nation’s growth has witnessed enormous expansion and transformation. As the young officers progress in their career, they will have newer challenges. To deal with them effectively, they must be proactive, innovative and responsive.

The President said that the vast multitude of people in the country expected them to deliver and supervise the implementation of programmes meant for them. He advised the young officers that they should carry out their duties by paying special attention to the vulnerable sections of the society. He asked them to always remember the mantra of Mahatma Gandhi: “When you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen, and ask yourself: If the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him? Will he gain anything by it? Will it restore him to a control over his own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to ‘Swaraj’ for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubt and your ‘self’ melting away.”

The probationers are in Delhi to attend the training at Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training from February 14 to 20, 2015.

India seeing larger role in Asia-Pacific: Pranab Mukherjee

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President of the Republic of Singapore, Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam calling on President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on February 09 2015.
President of the Republic of Singapore, Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam calling on President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on February 09 2015.

New Delhi, Feb. 11: President Pranab Mukherjee has described Singapore as India’s gateway to ASEAN and has gone on to underline that both the countries are at an interesting cusp in history, witnessing major transformations.

It shall be the endeavor of India and Singapore to work together towards maintaining peace and stability in the region and bringing development to the peoples of the two countries, the President has said.

Mukherjee made this observation when he received Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of Republic of Singapore and Ms. Mary Tan at Rashtrapati Bhavan this past Monday. He also hosted a banquet in their honor.

Welcoming Tan, the President said his visit comes at a historic moment in bilateral relations when India and Singapore are celebrating the 50th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations. India and Singapore enjoy excellent relations which are multifaceted and cover every aspect of life. Singapore is a valued friend of India. It is a major pillar of India’s ‘Act East’ Policy. India appreciates Singapore’s contribution to its engagement with ASEAN. India is looking forward to embark upon a larger role in the Asia-Pacific.

The President said India and Singapore share historic links since the times of the Chola dynasty. An important chapter of India’s freedom struggle was enacted in Singapore. The large community of overseas Indians in Singapore is a bridge between the two countries.

The President empahsised that Singapore accounts for one of the largest sources of FDI inflows into India as well as FDI from India. India invites Singapore companies to join in connectivity and infrastructure projects and participate in ‘Make in India’, ‘Digital India’ and ‘Clean India’. India would like to work with Singapore to set up Smart Cities and in urban rejuvenation. Singapore’s experience in skill development can also be invaluable for India.

Tan responded by saying India was one of the first countries to recognize Singapore when it became independent. India-Singapore relations are trouble free and extend over many areas. Economic relations have grown strongly but there is lot of potential for further growth. The strength of the relations goes beyond economic or diplomatic. It reflects a deep understanding between the people and governments of the two countries. Building on the foundation of last fifty years, there is much more that can be done.

In his banquet speech, Mukherjee said India shares a vision for a partnership based on shared beliefs in democracy, multicultural societies, rule of law, free enterprise, regional role and common links through growing people-to-people contacts. We are partners across the seas and an integral part of the regional architecture in the Asia-Pacific region.

The President said he was delighted to learn that the Singapore Government will be installing a statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in the India Heritage Centre in Singapore.

VCs must guide scholars and students achieve highest standards of academic brilliance: Pranab Mukherjee

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CU VC conferenceNew Delhi, Feb. 6: President Pranab Mukherjee has advised the Vice Chancellors to act as “gurus” and guide scholars and students to achieve the highest standards of academic brilliance. They should feel empowered and use the administrative and moral authority vested in them to make these universities “islands” radiating excellence in their spheres of influence.

The president was addressing the concluding session of a two-day Conference of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities (CUs) at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday.

The President invited one Inspired Teacher from each Central University to experience and be part of the Rashtrapati Bhavan community for a week under a new programme on the model of the Artists In-Residence and Innovation Scholars In-Residence programme. He also requested Central Universities to send representatives to participate in the one week long “Festival of Innovation” (FOIN) proposed to be held in Rashtrapati Bhavan in March, 2015.

The President urged the MHRD, UGC and the VCs to implement the recommendations of the conference in a time bound manner and said the Minister of HRD will take a meeting in June, 2015 to review achievement of deliverables.

The concluding session was attended by Union Minister of Human Resource Development Smriti Zubin Irani.

The VCs adopted a detailed set of recommendations on the five agenda items of the conference.These are (1) steps to create an eco-system for research and innovation; (2) capacity development of faculty, alumni participation and use of technology; (3) deepening engagement of Central Universities with community; (4) creating international and national networks for quality education and (5) adoption of Choice Based Credit System.

The recommendations include:

1. Choice Based Credit System must be implemented from the academic year 2015-16 in all CUs.

2. Each CU will set up a Community Development Cell which will identify at least 5 villages in its vicinity for adoption as model villages by the university.

3. A blended Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) strategy must be adopted.

4. CUs must recommend amendment of statutes, to enable induction of alumni in governing bodies, to the Ministry of HRD within next 60 days.

5. Selection of teaching staff must be completed within six months of appointment of Visitor’s nominees. Ministry of HRD must take immediate action to fill up vacancies of Vice Chancellors.

6. All activities towards NAAC accreditation must be completed within 6 months.

7. Database of alumni must be established by CUs within the next 3 months.

8. Each CU must nominate a nodal officer to feed the university’s needs and activities and share good practices and experiences on to the CU VC’s Discussion Page on the University of Hyderabad website.

9. Nodal officers for international rankings must be appointed within next 30 days in each CU.

10. Proposals to UGC for creation of centres of excellence must be sent within next 60 days.

11. CUs who are yet to establish Innovation clubs must do so within 60 days.

12. CUs who are yet to set up Inspired Teachers’ Network, must do so within next 30 days.

13. Industry-interface cells in CUs must be completed within next 3 months.