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An eminent group of 15 experts comprising senior government officials, corporate leaders, academicians and opinion makers participated in a Discussion Forum on Emerging Geographies held at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM –A) today. With the support of IIM-A and iNDEXTb, the investment promotion arm of the Government of Gujarat, the Discussion Forum was organized as part of the series of knowledge-sharing programs in the lead up to the opening of the Vibrant Gujarat 2011 Summit on Wednesday.

The Forum was attended by Shri. A.K.Joti, Chief Secretary, Government of Gujarat; Shri Ravi Saxena, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of Gujarat; and included a host of key speakers like Dr. Subas Pani Chairman & Managing Director, India Trade Promotion Organization; Brad Staples, President International, APCO Worldwide; Prof. Errol D’Souza, Professor of Economics, IIM-A; Prof. Atanu Ghosh, Visiting Professor, IIM-A; Dr.Ajit Ranade, Chief Economist, Aditya Birla Group; Dr. Shubhada Rao, President & Chief Economist, Yes Bank; Manish Sabharwal, Chief Executive Officer, Teamlease; R Ravichandran, Intel Technology Pvt Ltd; Dr Rajiv Modi, Chairman, Cadila Pharmaceuticals; Shri Piruz Khambatta, Chairman, Rasna International; and Shri RS Sodhi, MD-GCMMF; among others. The Forum was moderated by Damini Kumari from ET NOW.

The panel focused on the forces of economic change in the global economy, the regulatory uncertainties in fast-industrialising regions, and strategies to facilitate business in emerging geographies. The panelists also discussed the role of investment, innovation, local partnerships, diasporas, and industry and business associations as well as capacity-building programs as means to facilitate business.

Addressing the issue of the availability of human capital, Shri. A.K.Joti said, “Gujarat is augmenting its investment in human capital and skill development. We have adopted the most popular PPP model to set up engineering, medical and other professional colleges in the state.” He further added, “The PPP model has been extended to set up Industrial Training Institutes (ITI), sector-specific skilled development centers located near industries, SEZs and SIRs. This will create training opportunities and new jobs.”

R S Sodhi, Managing Director, GCMMF Ltd, said, “Emerging geographies need to keep their rural populations in mind.” Underlining the success of Amul’s cooperative model, he said “The companies should provide market assessments to rural producers and help create jobs for them to reduce urban migration. They should strive to combine their corporate strategies with rural development.”

Towards the end of the discussion, the panelists concluded by agreeing that India has tremendous opportunities and strengths to lead the emerging economies of the future. They further added that good governance, excellent infrastructure, rural development schemes, sound primary and secondary education, and innovation and entrepreneurship hold the key to global competitiveness.

Under the aegis of Vibrant Gujarat 2011 Summit, the Government of Gujarat is hosting a series of knowledge events in form of Discussion forums, Panel discussions, an International Roundtable for Academic Institutes, a Young Entrepreneurs’ Meet, an Innovation Summit and an IIT Conclave.

 

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PM’s remarks on 80th birthday celebration of Sri Ganapaty Sachchidananda Swamy Ji
May 22, 2022
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“Use of science for nature and amalgamation of technology with spirituality is the soul of dynamic India”
“Today the world is looking at our startups as its future. Our industry and our 'Make in India' are turning out to be ray of hope for global growth”

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the 80th birthday celebration of Sri Ganapaty Sachchidananda Swamy Ji via a video message today. The Prime Minister greeted Sri Ganapaty Sachchidananda Swamy Ji and his followers on this auspicious occasion. Shri Modi also noted the dedication of ‘Hanumat Dwar’ entrance arch by the saints and special guests.

Quoting scriptures, the Prime Minister said that life of Sri Ganapaty Sachchidananda Swamy Ji his a living example of the fact that saints emerge for the welfare of humanity and their life is intertwined with the social upliftment and human welfare. The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction that at Datta Peetham modernity is also nurtured along with spirituality. He cited grand Hanuman temple with 3D mapping and light and sound show and bird park with modern management in this regard. The Prime Minister noted that apart from being a great centre of study of the Vedas, Datta Peetham is undertaking impactful innovation for using music for health purposes. “This use of science for nature, this amalgamation of technology with spirituality is the soul of dynamic India. I am happy that with the efforts of saints like Swamiji, today the youth of the country are getting acquainted with the power of their traditions and taking them forward.”, said Shri Modi

In the context of the auspicious occasion falling during the period of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Prime Minister recalled the teaching of the saints for considering universal before self. He said “ with the mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas’, the country is calling for collective pledges. Today the country is preserving its antiquity and also promoting it, and, at the same time, giving strength to its innovation and modernity.” The Prime Minister continued “today the identity of India is Yoga as well as youth. Today the world is looking at our startups as its future. Our industry and our 'Make in India' is turning out to be a ray of hope for global growth. We have to work towards achieving these resolutions. And I would like our spiritual centers to be centers of inspiration in this direction as well.”

Noting their work in the preservation for nature and service of birds, the Prime Minister requested Datta Peetham to work for water and river conservation. He also asked for their contribution in the campaign for 75 Amrit Sarovars in every districts. The Prime Minister lauded their contribution in the Swachh Bharat Mission.

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