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12000 scientists from India and abroad to participate in Science Congress

Mumbai: The University of Mumbai is hosting the 102nd session of the Indian Science Congress during 3 – January 2015.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi is inaugurating the Congress which will be attended by 12000 scientists from India and abroad including 10 Nobel Laureates. The meeting discussed preparedness of the University of Mumbai and other agencies of the Government for the successful conduct of the high profile event. The Governor of Maharashtra Ch Vidyasagar Rao today held a meeting with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Minister for Finance and Planning Sudhir Mungantiwar, Minister for Higher & Technical and Medical Education Vinod Tawde, Minister for Tribal Development Vishnu Savra and senior government officials at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai. The meeting held preliminary discussion on a wide range of outstanding issues pertaining to Statutory Development Boards, Tribal Development, matters relating to higher education and universities, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and others. HARNESSING ASSURED WATER In his opening remarks, the Governor observed than more than 150 tmc ft of water from the Godavari river basin in the State is not fully utilised.  He called upon Government to take measures to harness the assured water fully for the benefit of farmers from the State. Observing that none of the Universities from Maharashtra features in the top 200 universities in the world, the Governor called for efforts to improve the standards of higher education and research in universities. Issues such as continuing the Statutory Development Board, whose term is expiring in April 2015, taking further action on the Kelkar Committee report on balanced regional development, speeding up the process of removal of backlog in the irrigation sector in the Amravati Division, providing adequate representation to Vidarbha and Marathwada in employment in services under the control of the State Government and opportunities for admission in vocational education institutions, effective implementation of PESA, etc were discussed. HIGH POWER COMMITTEE The Chief Minister assured all necessary support from the State Government for the conduct of the prestigious event. He announced setting up a high powered committee to coordinate and execute all aspects related to Government and other agencies for the conduct of the Science Congress. Various issues pertaining to higher education such as reforms in higher education sector, bringing uniformity in University examination system, etc were also discussed. Chief Secretary Swadheen Kshatriya, Additional Chief Secretary, Planning K P Bakshi, Mumbai Metropolitan Commissioner UPS Madan, Vice Chancellor of University of Mumbai Dr Rajan Welukar, Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte, Commissioner of Mumbai Police Rakesh Maria, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Pravin Pardeshi, Principal Secretary Finance, Sudhir Srivastava, Principal Secretary, Higher and Technical Education Dr Sanjay Chahande, V Giriraj and others attended the meeting.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He is serving as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University, the university which controlling 440 colleges of Engineering, Management, Pharmacy & Architecture colleges in Gujarat.

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