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President Inaugurates the New Delhi World Book Fai ...

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressing at the inauguration of the New Delhi World Book Fair-2014, at Pragati Maidan, in New Delhi on February 15, 2014. The Union Minister for Culture, Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch is also seen.

The President Shri Pranab Mukherjee today inaugurated the New Delhi World Book Fair 2014. Speaking on the occasion, he said that an international book fair of this magnitude is one of the best manifestations of India's liberal, democratic, multi-lingual, multi-cultural and secular society where competing ideas and ideologies have equal space. These values constitute the essence of India and that we must do everything possible to preserve, protect, promote and nurture these ideals.

He also said, "India's pluralism and social, cultural, linguistic and religious diversity is our greatest strength and a multiple source of inspiration for every Indian and that we must be uncompromising in rejecting intolerance, prejudice and hatred. Book fairs such as this should remind us that our history and traditions have always celebrated the 'argumentative' Indian and not the 'intolerant' Indian. Multiple views, thoughts and philosophies have competed with each other peacefully for centuries in our country and freedom of speech is one of the most important fundamental rights guaranteed by our Constitution".

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India Can Be A World Leader in Education If We Dis ...

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressing the Conference of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi on February 06, 2014. The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh is also seen.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressed the Conference of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities (CUs) at Rashtrapati Bhavan on February 6, 2014. This is the second such Conference of Central University Vice Chancellors convened by the President since assumption of office. The Vice Chancellors of 40 Central Universities where the President is the Visitor are attending this Conference.

Speaking on the occasion the President said India can be a world leader in education, if only we discover the will and leadership to take us to that pinnacle. Education is no longer just the privilege of the elite, but a universal right.

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Autonomy to Colleges Being Implemented Says Human ...

The scheme of Autonomous Colleges is being implemented by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to provide autonomy to select colleges. This was stated by the Human Resources Development Minister, Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju in the Lok Sabha Today. As per the latest XIIth plan guidelines, once a college attains the status of an Autonomous College, it is entitled for following privileges: have freedom to determine and prescribe their own courses of study and syllabi, restructure and redesign the courses to suit local needs; prescribe rules for admission in consonance with the reservation policy of the state government; evolve methods of assessment of students' performance, the conduct of examinations and notification of results; use modern tools of educational technology to achieve higher standards and greater creativity; promote healthy practices such as community service; extension activities, projects for the benefit of the society at large, neighbourhood programmes etc.

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Padma Awards Announced: 44 Persons Recognized Unde ...

The President of India has approved conferment of 127 Padma Awards including one duo case (counted as one) as per the list below. The list comprises two Padma Vibhushan, 24 Padma Bhushan and 101 Padma Shri Awardees. 27 of the Awardees are women and the list also includes 10 persons from the category of foreigners, NRIs, PIOs and Posthumous Awardees.

Among the 2 Padma Vibhushan, 24 Padma Bhushan and 101 Padma Shri awardees, a total of 44 persons belong from the disciplines of 'Science and Engineering' and 'Education and Literature'.

Padma Awards, the country's highest civilian awards, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Awards are given in various disciplines/ fields of activities, viz - art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. 'Padma Vibhushan' is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; 'Padma Bhushan' for distinguished service of high order and 'Padma Shri' for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year. The awards are conferred by the President of India at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhawan sometime around March / April.

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A Tribute to the Education Legacy of Mandela

“There can be no contentment for any of us when there are children, millions of children, who do not receive an education that provides them with dignity and allows them to live their lives to the full.

“It is not beyond our power to create a world in which all children have access to a good education. Those who do not believe this have small imaginations. ”

- Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, Launching the Nelson Mandela Institute, 2007

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