Prime Minister’s Office:
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 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 Reality and Robotics, Mobile technology, Geo-informatics, Smart healthcare and Defence 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.
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.
Ministry of Education:
The Prime Minister chaired a high-level meeting today to review the examinations to be held at various levels in view of the developing Corona situation.
Union Education Minister, Shri RP Nishank, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Cabinet Secretary, School and Higher Education Secretaries and other top officials attended the meeting.
The Prime Minister reiterated that the well being of the students has to be the top priority for the Government. He also stated that the Centre would keep in mind the best interests of the students and ensure that their health is taken care of at the same time their academic interests are not harmed.
An overview was given on the X and XII board exam to be held from next month. The Board exam for class X and XII conducted by CBSE are scheduled to begin from 4th May, 2021.
The pandemic situation in the country is seeing a resurgence of COVID 19 positive cases in many states, with a few states having been affected more than others. In this situation, schools have been shut down in 11 states. Unlike State Boards, CBSE has an all-India character, and therefore, it is essential to hold exams simultaneously throughout the country.
Looking to the present situation of the pandemic and school closures, and also taking in account the safety and well-being of the students,it is decided as follows:
- The Board Exams for Class XIIthto be held from May 4thto June, 14th, 2021 are hereby postponed. These exams will be held hereafter. The situation will be reviewed on 1st June 2021 by the Board, and details will be shared subsequently. A notice of at least 15 days will be given before the start of the examinations.
- The Board Exams for Class Xth to be held from 4thMay to June 14th, 2021 are hereby cancelled. The results of Class Xth Board will be prepared on the basis of an objective criterion to be developed by the Board. Any candidate who is not satisfied with the marks allocated to him/her on this basis will be given an opportunity to sit in an exam as and when the conditions are conducive to hold the exams.
Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers:
The issue of availability of Remdesivir was reviewed by Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Chemicals& Fertilizers, Government of India in meetings with the all-existing manufacturers of the Remdesivir drug and other stakeholders on 12th and 13th April 2021, where decisions have been taken to increase production/supply and reduce prices of Remdesivir.
The current total installed capacity of the seven manufacturers of Remdesivir is 38.80 lakh vials per month.
Fast-track approval has been given for seven additional sites having the production capacity of 10 Lakh vials /month to six manufacturers.
Another 30 lakh vials/month production is lined up. This would ramp up the production capacity for manufacturing to around 78 lakh vials/month.
As an additional measure, Remdesivir, API and formulation were placed under Export ban on 11.04.2021 by DGFT to increase the supply of Remdesivir in the Domestic Market.
On Government intervention, Remdesivir supplies of approximately 4 lakh vials meant for Export is being diverted by manufacturers to fulfil domestic requirement. EOU/SEZ units are also being enabled to supply to the domestic market.
Manufacturers of Remdesivir have volunteered to reduce the price to less than Rs 3500 by the end of this week, to support the efforts of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, to Fight against COVID,
Manufactures of Remdesivir have been directed to give priority to fulfil hospital/institutional level supplies.
Enforcement Authorities of States and Central Govt. have been directed by DCGI to take immediate action on incidence of black-marketing, hoarding and overcharging of Remdesivir.
National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) is continuously monitoring the availability of Remdesivir.
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Delighted to join our athletes, IOA, Sports Federations and shared my thoughts with them for the upcoming Games.
Best wishes to Team India!
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Indira Gandhi conveyed that if he wanted to do so he need not come.
She had her way.