Officer trainees of Indian Police Service (IPS) called on the President

Officer trainees of Indian Police Service (IPS) called on the President 
A group of officer trainees of 67 RR (2014 Batch) of Indian Police Service (IPS) from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad called on the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (20th November, 2015). 

Speaking on the occasion, the President urged the Officer trainees to be the agents of change they aspire to see in society. He congratulated all the officers on entering into one of the most premier public services of the country. He said that they were the chosen few who were going to occupy important positions in law enforcement and policy making in the country in future.

The President said that the police personnel deployed at the cutting edge level are the face of the Government. It is through their conduct in the field that they need to inspire confidence in the people. He said that he expected from the police officers the highest standards of professionalism at all times and sincere efforts to ensure that the sanctity of rule of law is maintained.

The President said that maintenance of law and order and enforcement of rule of law are prerequisites to fulfillment of our dream of a strong and prosperous India. He stated that the police officers have a central role to play in not only countering the internal threats to our society but also in promoting harmony in the diverse sections of the society. He said that India has survived as an ancient civilization because of inclusiveness and tolerance towards all beliefs ingrained in us. He said that maintaining peace and harmony of the country should be their highest priority. 

President Mukherjee to inaugurate first ever World Indology Conference at Rashtrapati Bhavan tomorrow (November 21, 2015) 
A three day World Indology Conference organised by Rashtrapati Bhavan in collaboration with theIndian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjeetomorrow (November 21, 2015).

Minister for External Affairs, Smt. Sushma Swaraj and President of ICCR, Prof. Lokesh Chandra will participate in the inaugural function. A ‘Distinguished Indologist’ Award will be presented by President Mukherjee to Prof. Heinrich Freiherr Von Stietencron from Germany on the occasion.

The idea of Rashtrapati Bhavan hosting such a conference emerged during the visit of President Pranab Mukherjee to Russia from May 7 to 11, 2015. Following a meeting with leading Indologists in Moscow, President Mukherjee announced that he would be happy to host an international conference on Indology in Rashtrapati Bhavan and directed ICCR to do the needful in this regard.

Around 21 eminent Indologists from across the world will live in Rashtrapati Bhavan (including in the prestigious Guest Wing of Rashtrapati Bhavan which normally hosts visiting leaders from foreign countries) and along with eight senior scholars from India deliberate on various topics related to Indian culture and philosophy during the conference.

The conference will witness detailed discussions on topics such as ‘Indological Studies in Historical Perspective’, ‘Sanskrit Literature-Past and Present’, ‘Sanskrit Drama- Theory and Practice’, Indian Philosophical Thought’ and ‘Indian Art and Architecture’. It will conclude with a special lecture by former President of ICCR, Dr. Karan Singh on the Upanishads.

The conference is a unique platform which will bring the best scholars from across the world, including India, to discuss the present state of Indology, its relevance and also the challenges faced by them in India and abroad. A large number of scholars both from India and abroad have been devoting themselves to the study of the vast Indian wisdom enshrined in old texts or paintings, sculptures, numismatic and archaeological remains. Still there are corners which need to be illumined. The Conference on Indology is being convened to revisit all that is available to us in this regard. Scholars participating in it are those who have devoted their life-time to the interpretation and reinterpretation of Indian knowledge system. Their effort would lead to putting proper focus on areas that need better attention so that the contribution of India is better appreciated by the global community.

ICCR has instituted for the first time an annual ‘ICCR Distinguished Indologist Award’ to recognize eminent Indologists working abroad who have made outstanding contribution to the study/teaching/research in India’s philosophy, thought, history, art, culture, Indian languages, literature, civilization, society etc. The first Recipient of this Award, Prof. Heinrich Freiherr Von Stietencron has served as Director of Department of Indology and Comparative History of Religions at the University of Tuebingen for nearly 25 years from 1973-1998. He is a well known researcher, teacher, academician and epigrapher. 

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