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CM to kick off a mega Krishi Mahotsav of South Gujarat at Nana Pondha in Valsad district: An impressive agriculture exhibition and Cattle Health Camp to be inaugurated

Sardar Patel award will be handed over to progressive peasants: CM to attend a grand mass-marriage ceremony of 251 couples, amid showering of petals from a chopper atJhankhvav in Surat district

Rs. 25 lakh cash awards will be given away to new married couples under ‘Kunvarbai Nu Mameru” scheme:

Gujarat Chief Minister NarendraModi will inaugurate a mega KrishiMahotsav of seven districts of South Gujarat at tribal dominated Nana Pondha village of Valsad district on May 17th, wherehe will give away cash awards over Rs. 60 lakh to 11 progressive farmers of south Gujarat, who have applied modern technology and new methods in agriculture.

He will felicitate 4 peasants with Sardar Patel Agriculture award and give away Agriculture Technology Management Award (ATMA) to three farmers for their extra-ordinary contribution inthe field of agriculture. The Chief Minister will inaugurate an impressive exhibition, contains over sixty stalls, depicting new methods of farming, research and value-addition technology in agriculture. He will inaugurate a Cattle Health Camp and also release a souvenir being published by Agriculture University. Administration has organizeda competition for best fruits & vegetables growers, where the best producers will be given away awards.

Thousands of farmers from Surat, Narmada, Bharuch, Navsari, Valsad, Tapi and Dangs districts will participate in this mega zonal Mahotsav.Valsad district administration is on the toes under the guidance of Collector L. C. Patel to make this event a success.

Chief Minister will also attend a grand mass-marriage function at Zankhvav village of Mangroltaluka in Surat district on the same day, where mass-marriages of 251 couples will be solemnized amid showering of petals from a helicopter. Each couple will be given away Rs. 10 thousand cash awards under Gujarat Government’s “KunvarBai Nu Mameru” scheme. The organizers will provide house hold goods worth Rs. 25,000 to each couple, which includes a Mangal Sutra, a bed, chairs, a wall clock & steel utensils. Significantly, the organizers have arranged for beauticians and bridal dresses for brides and safari suits for bridegrooms. Gujarat Assembly Speaker GanpatbhaiVasava and Tribal Development Minister Mangubhai Patel will also attend the function.

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Baba Saheb Ambedkar gave a strong foundation to independent India so the nation could move forward while strengthening its democratic heritage: PM
We have to give opportunities to the youth according to their potential. Our efforts towards this is the only tribute to Baba Saheb Ambedkar: PM

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the Association of Indian Universities’ 95th Annual Meet and National Seminar of Vice-Chancellors today through video conferencing. He also launched four books related to Babasaheb Dr BR Ambedkar, authored by Shri Kishor Makwana. Governor, Chief Minister and education Minister of Gujarat and Union Education Minister were among those present on the occasion. The event was hosted by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Ahmedabad.

The Prime Minister paid tribute to Bharat Ratna, Babasaheb Dr Ambedkar on behalf of the grateful nation and said that his Jayanti during the period when the country is celebrating Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav, gives us new energy.

Shri Modi stressed that India has been the mother of democracy in the world and democracy has been an integral part of our civilization and our way of life. Babasaheb laid a strong foundation to move forward while strengthening India’s democratic heritage, said the Prime Minister.

Talking about the philosophy of Babasaheb, the Prime Minister said that Dr Ambedkar considered knowledge, self-respect and politeness as his three revered deities. Self-respect comes with knowledge and makes a person aware of his or her rights. Through equal rights, emerge social harmony and country progresses. Our education system and universities have this responsibility to carry the country forward on the path shown by Babasaheb, Shri Modi added

On National Education Policy, the Prime Minister said that every student has certain capabilities. These capabilities pose three questions before the student and the teacher. First- what they can to do? Second, what is their potential if they are properly taught?And,third, what they want to do? The answer to the first question is the inner strength of the students. However, if institutional strength is added to that inner strength, their development will get expanded and they will be able to do what they want to do.Quoting Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, The Prime Minister said that the NEP is aimed at fulfilling Dr Radhakrishnan’s vision of education that frees and empowers the student to participate in national development. Education management should be undertaken keeping whole world as a unit but also, focussing on Indian character of education

Talking about the growing demand for skills in the emerging Aatmnirbhar Bharat, The Prime Minister said that India is being looked upon as future centre of Artificial Intelligence,Internet of Things,big data, 3D printing, Virtual Realityandrobotics, mobile technology, geo-informatics, smart healthcareanddefence sector. To meet the requirement of skills, Indian Institutes of skills are being set up in three big metropolitans of the country. In Mumbai, first batch of Indian Institute of Skills has already started. In 2018, Future Skills Initiative was launched with NASSCOM, informed the Prime Minister. He said that we want that all universities should be multi-disciplinary as we want to give students flexibility. He called upon the Vice Chancellors to work for this goal. .

Shri Modi elaborated on Babasaheb’s conviction for equal rights and equal opportunity for all. The Prime Minister emphasized that schemes like Jandhan accounts are leading to financial inclusion of every person and through DBT money is reaching directly to their accounts. The Prime Minister reiterated country’s commitment to take the message of Babasaheb to each and every person. Developing the key places related to the life of Babasaheb as PanchTeerth is a step in that direction. He also said that measures like Jal Jeevan Mission, free housing, free electricity, support during pandemic and initiatives for women empowerment are taking forward the dreams of Babasaheb.

The Prime Minister released the following four books based on Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar's life, written by Shri Kishor Makwana:

Dr. Ambedkar Jivan Darshan,
Dr. Ambedkar Vyakti Darshan,
Dr Ambedkar Rashtra Darshan, and
Dr. Ambedkar Aayam Darshan

The Prime Minister said that that these books are not less than modern classics and convey the universal vision of Babasaheb. He hoped that such books will be widely read by students in colleges and universities.