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3rd convocation of Gujarat National Law University

129 students get degree, diploma, gold medals

CM calls upon students to become capable of getting through the test and trials of life

SC Justice Anil Dave asks students to perform their responsibilities toward society along with the practice of law

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Speaking at the convocation ceremony of Gujarat National Law University Chief Minister Narendra Modi called upon students to become capable of getting through the test and trials of life.

The 3rd convocation of Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) was held today at the university’s campus near Gandhinagar in which 129 students of law were conferred post-graduate, graduate degree, diploma and gold medals. The degree and diploma certificates were awarded by the Supreme Court Justice Anil R Dave whereas the Chief Minister, who was the chief guest of the function, gave gold medals to the successful students.

Extending wishes of bright future to the students Chief Minister said the yardstick of real learning is that how skillfully one can get through the tests and trials of life. Students should learn to take on the challenges of life with confidence.

Chief Minister exuded faith that the education imparted by GNLU will prove helpful to the students at every stage of their life. He pointed out that the tradition of convocation is also seen in 
Taiteeriya Upanishad. “Gratitude and respect for teacher, like that of Eklavya, is the key to success”, he said.

Speaking on the occasion Supreme Court Justice Anil Dave asked students to perform their responsibilities toward society along with the practice of law. “Studentship does not end with getting of degrees. This degree is mere a drop of a vast ocean of knowledge. The time demands that a practitioner of law keep updating himself with new laws and verdicts”, he said.

In the beginning of the function, Dr. Bimal Patel, Director of GNLU, presented university’s progress report and gave information regarding the achievements and the future planning of the university.

As many as 19 students got gold medals at PG level and two students got gold medals at graduate level.

Minister of State for Law Pradipsinh Jadeja was also present on the occasion.

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INDIA-EU LEADERS' MEETING
May 08, 2021
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At the invitation of the President of the European Council Mr. Charles Michel, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the India-EU Leaders’ Meeting today.

The meeting was held in a hybrid format with the participation of leaders of all the 27 EU Member States as well as the President of the European Council and the European Commission. This is the first time that the EU hosted a meeting with India in the EU+27 format. The meeting was the initiative of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

During the meeting, the leaders expressed their desire to further strengthen the India-EU Strategic Partnership based on a shared commitment to democracy, fundamental freedoms, rule of law and multilateralism. They exchanged views on three key thematic areas: i) foreign policy and security; ii) COVID-19, climate and environment; and iii) trade, connectivity and technology. They discussed forging closer cooperation on combating the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery, tackling climate change, and reforming multilateral institutions. India appreciated the prompt assistance provided by the EU and its member states to combat its second COVID wave.

The leaders welcomed the decision to resume negotiations for balanced and comprehensive free trade and investment agreements. Negotiations on both the Trade and Investment Agreements will be pursued on parallel tracks with an intention to achieve early conclusion of both agreements together. This is a major outcome which will enable the two sides to realise the full potential of the economic partnership. India and the EU also announced dedicated dialogues on WTO issues, regulatory cooperation, market access issues and supply chain resilience, demonstrating the desire to deepen and further diversify economic engagement.

India and the EU launched an ambitious and comprehensive ‘Connectivity Partnership’ which is focused on enhancing digital, energy, transport and people-to-people connectivity. The Partnership is based on the shared principles of social, economic, fiscal, climate and environmental sustainability, and respect for international law and commitments. The Partnership will catalyse private and public financing for connectivity projects. It will also foster new synergies for supporting connectivity initiatives in third countries, including in the Indo-Pacific.

India and the EU leaders reiterated their commitment to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and agreed to strengthen joint efforts for mitigation, adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change, as well as providing means of implementation including finance in the context of COP26. India welcomed the EU’s decision to join CDRI.

India and the EU also agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation on digital and emerging technologies such as 5G, AI, Quantum and High-Performance Computing including through the early operationalization of the Joint Task Force on AI and the Digital Investment Forum.

The leaders noted with satisfaction the growing convergences on regional and global issues, including counterterrorism, cybersecurity and maritime cooperation. The leaders acknowledged the importance of a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific and agreed to closely engage in the region, including in the context of India’s Indo-Pacific Ocean’s Initiative and the EU’s new strategy on the Indo-Pacific.

Coinciding with the Leaders’ Meeting, an India-EU Business Roundtable was organised to highlight the avenues for cooperation in climate, digital and healthcare. A finance contract of Euro 150 million for the Pune Metro Rail Project was signed by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and European Investment Bank.

India-EU Leaders Meeting has set a significant milestone by providing a new direction to the Strategic Partnership and giving a fresh impetus for implementing the ambitious India-EU Roadmap 2025 adopted at the 15th India-EU Summit held in July 2020.