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Having acquired the reputation as one of the finest acting schools in the country, Anupam Kher launched the fourth chapter of his cting institute called 'Actor Prepares' in Ahmedabad. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the institute.

"There is a huge difference between popularity and respect. You will find many people around you who are popular, but not all will be respectable. And in order to be a respectable person, one needs to be trained, in whichever field one is," explained Kher at the event. Four years back Kher had launched his first acting institute in Mumbai, followed by other branchesin Chandigarh, London and now in Ahmedabad. "Many people ask me why I chose Gujarat as one of the centres for opening my acting institute and my answer is that Mehboob Khan, who is fondly known as the father of Indian cinema (best known for directing Mother India) belongs to Gujarat.

Hence I believe that Gujarat has a lot of talent, the only thing required is to bring it out by training them properly," said Kher. "It is said that economic growth has to be backed by cultural renaissance. My acting school will provide the same to Gujarat," he added. Congratulating Kher on the opening of his acting institute, Modi said, "Although the Gujarati film industry has not fared well in the last few years, if we have a look at the entire television industry, we may find that there are so many serials based on Gujarati families. Moreover, Mumbai also has a great market for Gujarati theatre. There is a need to revive the film industry in Gujarat." "Gujarat government has constantly believed in combining commerce with culture, trade with tradition and entrepreneurship with entertainment'. Life becomes hollow if either of these are lacking in life. I personally feel that Anupam Kher's institute will fill up the void that Gujarat has on the entertainment front," he added. The first batch of the acting institute currently comprises of 11 students, most of them belonging to the outskirts of Ahmedabad.

The timings of the non-residential institute will be 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. All the faculties of the institute are pass outs of National School of Drama (NSD) and Film and Television Institute of India, with Mita Vashisht heading the faculty team. Kher will himself be teaching the students for a week.

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Baba Saheb Ambedkar had a universal vision: PM Modi
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.