HRD Minister Smriti Irani Meets with British High ...

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 ...

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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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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