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2nd Meeting of SAARC Education Ministers Held - Union HRD Minister Smt. Smriti Irani Addresses the SAARC Meet

2nd Meeting of SAARC Education Ministers Held – Union HRD Minister Smt. Smriti Irani Addresses the SAARC Meet

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani addressing the 2nd meeting of SAARC Ministers of Education/Higher Education, in New Delhi on October 31, 2014. The Secretary General, SAARC, Shri Arjun Bahadur Thapa is also seen.

The 2nd Meeting of SAARC Ministers of Education/Higher Education was held at New Delhi today (October 31, 2014). The Union HRD Minister of India, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, was unanimously elected to the Chair. While addressing the Meeting she reiterated India’s initiatives for strengthening mutual cooperation amongst the Member States and the need for a well focussed strategy for growing together in the SAARC region. She said “Resolve of our nations to work, study and think together has materialized in the form of South Asian University which is funded jointly by all the member countries and has started functioning nearly 4 years ago in New Delhi. It should be our joint endeavour to see it emerge as an institute of excellence which could contribute to creation of knowledge in the region through quality higher education at an affordable cost.”

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Strengthening Educational Ties Between India and Norway

Strengthening Educational Ties Between India and Norway

The Ambassador of Norway to India, Mr. Eivind S. Homme calling on the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani, in New Delhi on July 22, 2014.

Mr. Eivind S. Homme, Ambassador of Norway to India met Smt. Smriti Irani, Union Minister for Human Resource Development at New Delhi today. The Ambassador expressed the hope that under her leadership, education ties will be further strengthened between India and Norway.

A collaboration between India and Norway in the high altitude studies, particularly for the National Institute of Himalayan Studies announced in the General Budget this year was taken up by the Union HRD Minister. She also emphasized on collaboration in the area of energy studies.

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The Union Budget 2014 Has Many Aspects Which Would Promote Education In The Country: Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani

The Union Budget 2014 Has Many Aspects Which Would Promote Education In The Country: Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani

The Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence, Shri Arun Jaitley departs from North Block to Parliament House along with the Minister of State for Commerce & Industry (Independent Charge), Finance and Corporate Affairs, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman to present the General Budget 2014-15, in New Delhi on July 10, 2014.

The Union Budget 2014 has many aspects which would promote education in the country: Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani.

The Minister feels that:

  • The focus of the Budget has been on education and skill development. In particular, the Plan Budget of Higher Education has been considerably increased in 2014-15. In the School Education and Literacy sector also, the increase has been substantial. Overall, the Budget of the Ministry of HRD (Plan & Non-Plan), of both the Departments of Higher Education and Department of School Education & Literacy taken together, will witness an increase of 12.3 per cent from Rs. 74,621 crores in RE 2013-14 to Rs. 83,771 crores.
  • The Budget has specially focused on education of girl child which is one of the major priorities of this Government.
  • The Budget highlights the resolve to provide the residual one lakh girls toilets and drinking water facilities in schools which will benefit 100 lakh girls in the first phase. This would enable girls to not only enrol in schools but also stay in schools. When girls get the needed sanitation facilities in schools, they would demand similar facilities at home, leading to a cleaner India.

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Union HRD Minister Smriti Zubin Irani Meets Mr. K. Shanmugam, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Law, Republic of Singapore

Union HRD Minister Smriti Zubin Irani Meets Mr. K. Shanmugam, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Law, Republic of Singapore

The Minister for Foreign Affairs & Minister for Law of the Republic of Singapore, Mr. K. Shanmugam calling on the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, in New Delhi on July 02, 2014.

Mr. K. Shanmugam, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Law, Republic of Singapore met the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, at New Delhi today. During the meeting, the Minister Mr. Shanmugam mentioned about the close relations between Singapore and India and the multifaceted partnership of the two countries in the field of economic cooperation, defence & security issues and education & culture. He also mentioned that both countries are celebrating 50 years of establishment of diplomatic relations from August, 2014-2015 onwards for which year-long activities are planned, highlighting our vibrant partnership.

HRM reciprocated the feelings of the visiting Minister and recalled the warm relations and strong bonds that exist between the two countries. As part of the celebrations of 50 years of establishment of diplomatic relations, she offered Singapore to be the Guest of Honour Country during the next New Delhi World Book Fair to be held from 14-22 February, 2015. The HRM also mentioned that the National Book Trust of India is translating many books of Singapore, including the book titled "50 Stories from My Life" authored by the former President of Singapore Shri S.R. Nathan.

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New Central University for Himalayan Technology To Be Set Up In Uttarakhand Says HRD Minister Smriti Irani

The Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani has said that a new Central University for Himalayan Technology will soon be set up in Uttarakhand. The Institute will also have international faculty, the Minister said, while having an interactive session with state representatives at the Conference of State Secretaries of Higher and Technical Education in New Delhi today.

Smt. Smriti Irani expressed concern at the large number of Institutes and Universities mushrooming in various parts of the country with no standard facilities or full faculty. She asked the States to monitor such Institutes to ensure that they conform to the standards. The Minister also supported a strong "Know Your College" drive whereby it would be possible to get the details of Colleges on the website, which would help the students to make correct choices.

The Minister sought the help of states to create an enabling environment for education of children in backward areas, minorities, women, weaker sections and tribal zones. Special steps are being taken by the Ministry to meet needs of higher education of students from the North-east in the form of collaborative efforts with premier institutes of the country, she said.

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HRD Minister Smriti Irani Meets with British High Commissioner to Discuss Opportunities to Strengthen Educational Relations with the United Kingdom

HRD Minister Smriti Irani Meets with British High Commissioner to Discuss Opportunities to Strengthen Educational Relations with the United Kingdom

The British High Commissioner to India, Mr. Julian Evans calling on the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, in New Delhi on June 10, 2014.

British High Commissioner, Sir James David Bevan, accompanied by Mr. Andrew Soper, Counselor, called on Ms. Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister for Human Resource Development, in her office today (10.06.2014). Congratulating the Hon'ble Union Minister on her assumption of charge of the Human Resource Development Ministry, Sir James David Bevan also handed over a letter of congratulations from Mr. David Willets, Minister for Universities and Science, United Kingdom.

The High Commissioner reiterated that the Government of the United Kingdom is keen to further strengthen its collaboration with India in the field of education & research. He highlighted that the British Government is looking forward to a new collaborative arrangement, UKIERI-III, which will focus on skills, leadership development and innovation.

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Dr. Harsh Vardhan Requests Chief Ministers of All States For Their Cooperation To Set Up Super-speciality Hospitals Modelled on All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) In Their States

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, has decided to request the Chief Ministers of all states for their cooperation to set up super-speciality hospitals modelled on All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in their states.

In the first phase, six AIIMS have come up at Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Patna, Raipur and Rishikesh. They have all begun partial operations in giving tertiary health care as well as quality under-graduate and post-graduate medical education.

Dr Harsh Vardhan reviewed the progress of implementation of the new AIIMS projects with their Directors yesterday. The meeting, which lasted about three hours, was marked by a free exchange of views on the status of the project with respect to their construction and civil works, procurement of equipment, and recruitment of faculty and doctors.

Stressing that he was prepared to take radical steps to ensure timely implementation of the six ongoing AIIMS project, the Health Minister asked the directors to submit within a week detailed status reports. Their reports would have the benefit of guiding the Ministry's officials in the future implementation of new AIIMS projects. He assured the Directors that if necessary he would speak to the concerned Chief Ministers on ways to remove bottlenecks to speedy completion. Most importantly, the Health Minister offered to increase their powers to take on-the-spot decisions to address situations on the field to avoid bureaucratic delays.

The Health Minister has directed the Ministry's officers to establish schools of public health in all the six new AIIMS. Presently, the International School of Public Health is functional only in AIIMS-Jodhpur and AIIMS-Raipur in partnership with Harvard School of Public Health.

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