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The historic moment has arrived, Gujarat is celebrating golden jubilee of attaining statehood, and maybe we can say the Khel MahaKumbh-2010 sees a mark upon the path. Cultural Secretary Shri Bhagyesh Jha has informed that it takes guts to host such a mega sporting event; preparations are in full swing to organize the mega sporting event.

With a jubilant countdown to the mega sporting event, Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi has inspired to encourage the natural talent and energy of sports-persons which would lift them to their best performance. They would perform with grace and confident. Under the insightful guidance from the Minister for Sports-youth &Cultural Affairs Shri Fakirbhai Vaghela department’s officials are making relentless efforts to make the event a grand success.

The Khel MahaKumbh will get off to a glittering start with the flagging off to ‘Khel MahaKumbh Flame’ from Shahibaugh Police stadium on 20th November, which will arrive at taluka and district places on 21st. The district Panchayat -seat-wise competitions would begin on 22nd.As per the schedule- from 22nd to 25th the District Panchayat, Municipality and Municipal Zone-wise competitions are to be held. From 26th to 29th the taluka-level contests are to be held. Direct district level competitions are on anvil from 25th to 1st Dec. Inter district competitions are to be held from 1st to 4th Dec. Special coaching session is arranged with an aim to polish their talents for the players from 5th to 7th Dec. All the state level sporting competitions up to semifinal stage are scheduled to be held between 8th to 12th Dec.

District Panchayat Seat level, Municipality and Corporation Zones, and Taluka level competitions includes sporting events such as athletics, volleyball, Kabaddi and Kho-Kho competitions. District level contests to include basketball, football, judo-wrestling, badminton, table-tennis, skating, swimming, yogasana, hockey, and chess besides athletics-volleyball- Kabaddi and Kho-Kho. State level volleyball completions are arranged separately for the mentally challenged; at the same time, for deaf& dumb and visually impaired persons the special cricket competitions are being organized to mark their participation in Khel MahaKumbh: 2010.

Ahmedabad is all set to host quarter to semi-final level competitions for skating and chess: Surat would play host to swimming, badminton and volleyball: athletics, archery, football and hockey quarter to semifinals at Vadodara: basketball and yogasana quarter to semifinals at Bhavnagar: table-tennis and judo at Rajkot: Kabaddi, Kho-Kho and wrestling at Jamnagar.

Multi-purpose sports complex -Khokhara & Sports Authority–Gandhinagar may get customized to host all the finals. Each sporting event is divided into four age-groups –below and above 16 years age-groups of boys and girls separately. State government has strengthened the sports infrastructure at district level in the recent past. State is making sincere efforts to encourage youngsters to develop their sporting talent and excel in their respective fields.

One of the biggest sporting events as a State we are pleased to see it encouraging athletes’ and sportsmen to aim for the best. Gujarat has ever witnessed such a huge participation up to grassroots, the Khel MahaKumbh is really a historic and momentous occasion, which will create and surpass many records.

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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.