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'Make in India' can make India global power: Mauritius President

Hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ project, Mauritius President Rajkeswur Purryag on Monday said the campaign had the capacity to make India a global economic power.

punjab Updated: Apr 24, 2015 10:49 IST
Ravinder Vasudeva
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Hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ project, Mauritius President Rajkeswur Purryag on Monday said the campaign had the capacity to make India a global economic power.

Purryag, who is here for the two-day annual convocation of Lovely Professional University (LPU), showered praise on the youth of India, saying that they were an important aspect of Modi’s dream project.

“But ‘Make in India’ will only be possible if the youth of this country are competitive and productive. I hope to see this happen and that will make India a global power in the coming years,” said Purryag. An honoris causa degree was conferred upon the President by LPU on the occasion.

“India is definitely going to be the next super economy,” said Purryag, whose grandfather had migrated from Bihar to Mauritius. Referring to former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam’s education model, he said, “The education plan has to be strategised in such a way that it increases employability. cloud computing, live stream, and comparable technological developments and create opportunities.”

Purryag is the recipient of several honours, including Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award of India, which he got in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the cause of people of Indian origin.

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, the guest of honour at the convocation, lauded Modi for making all-out efforts to make India a leading country in the world. Badal said the country was fortunate to have a visionary and dynamic Prime Minister such as Modi, who envisioned making India number one in every field.

The CM said this was the era of science and technology, so the need of the hour was to impart result-oriented skill education to the youth.

Badal, who delivered his speech in English, referred to LPU as one of the largest universities of the country, saying that it was a “very lovely and very professional university”.

He also asked LPU to come forward to implement skill-development programmes for which free land and other facilities would be provided by the government. In response, university chancellor Ashok Mittal assured CM that LPU was keen to contribute to skill development in Punjab.

Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, who presided over the convocation, said the Prime Minister had initiated a number of programmes, such as ‘Make in India’, Digital India and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, which were aimed at holistic development of the country. The governor said professional institutions should focus more on teaching, research, extension and consultancy.

Hope to see Badal as President: Governor

Punjab and Haryana governor Kaptan Singh Solanki surprised everyone at the start of his speech when he said that he hopes to see Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal as the President of India.

“Badal saab is a unique politician who started his political journey as a village sarpanch and has become the chief minister of Punjab for the fifth time. I hope to see him as the President,” said Solanki.

At his wittiest best, Badal told the LPU authorities, who originally had a sweet shop, “You used to send ‘Sattu de laddoo’ to me every year. The supply has not come this year. I am just trying to remind you. Sometimes, reminders work best.”