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Shri Narendra Modi addressed audience at DAV School, Chennai via video conferencing

  • The Chief Minister offered his tribute to Varadarajanji, a humble RSS worker who inspired by Guruji Gowalkar, built up a massive educational infrastructure.
  • In the 21st century, Asia will rule the world and India in particular will lead: CM.
  • Fundamentally Gujarat has changed access to tertiary education and has increased the number of colleges from 442 in 2001 to 1,762 in 2011, says Narendra Modi.
 

On August 3, 2012, Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed the students and staff of DAV School, Adambakkam, Chennai, via video conferencing on the occasion of the school’s 28th Annual celebrations. The Chief Minister said the celebration becomes important as it is taking place in the year of 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanandaji. He wished great success to the school, students and teachers and asked them to celebrate years of dedication and commitment put in by the people running the institute. Shri Modi also praised the institute’s authorities who worked hard since the inception days and scaled new heights.

The Chief Minister offered his tribute to Varadarajanji, a humble RSS worker who inspired by Guruji Golwalkar, built up a massive educational infrastructure. He said in the 21st century, Asia will rule the world and India in particular will lead.  Shri Modi was impressed with the range of activities the school had undertaken for the students. To name a few: intellectual development, cultural, artistic & literary, yoga and meditation, sports and physical education, and citizenship training.

Narendra Modi said officials of government of Gujarat went to every household and launched a state-wide drive in 2003 for enrolling students into schools. Adding to this, he said, special thrust has been given to the enrolment of girl child in Gujarat. The programme runs under the name of Shala Praveshotsav and Kanya Kelavani. The Chief Minister also emphasized on the fact that these two schemes benefitted the children of the state and the government has thus been able to reduce the dropout ratio from 20.5% in 2001-02 to 2.09% in 2010-11. He also spoke on Gunotsav, an annual quality education campaign that is being undertaken by the Gujarat government since past two years.

Shri Modi said fundamentally Gujarat has changed access to tertiary education and has increased the number of colleges from 442 in 2001 to 1,762 in 2011. The state has set up universities like National Law University, Children’s University, Sanskrit University, Sports University and Indian Institute of Teacher's Education. Through ‘Vanche Gujarat’ 60 lakh people read together at one point of time, the Chief Minister said adding that to build youth power in the state, the first and foremost thing is to reach out to children and universalize access to secondary education, thus increasing the percentage of people taking higher education. Adding to this, Narendra Modi said Gujarat government is also organising world’s biggest sports events like the Yoga Demonstration, Chess competition and Khel Mahakumbh.

Shri Modi also said eMPOWER is an initiative undertaken by the Gujarat government to provide and enhance skills of the youth today. iCREATE is another programme which the Gujarat government has initiated to promote innovation among the youth. Narendra Modi conveyed his regards to Dr. J. Jayalalithaaji and said under her leadership Tamil Nadu will progress in the field of education. He also gave his best wishes to the students of DAV school.

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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.