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President of India to visit Rashtrapati Nilayam, Secunderabad for fourteen day southern sojourn



President of India to visit Rashtrapati Nilayam, Secunderabad for fourteen day southern sojourn 
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will visit the Rashtrapati Nilayam, Secunderabad for a fourteen day southern sojourn from December 18 to 31, 2015. 


During his southern sojourn, he will attend the convocation of Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering, Secunderabad onDecember 19, 2015.

On December 22 & 23, 2015, the President will visit Karnataka where he will attend the 2nd convocation of Central University of Karnataka onDecember 22, 2015 at Gulbarga. On the same day, he will inaugurate the Magneto Encephalography Equipment and renovated heritage building of theNational Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences(NIMHANS), Bangalore. He will also dedicate NIMHANS to the nation as an Institute of national importance. OnDecember 23, 2015, the President will attend the 150th Anniversary of Bishop Cotton Boys’ School and lay the foundation stone of the State Cancer Institute at the Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bangalore.

On December 25, 2015, the President will inaugurate the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam’s Veda-Patasala at Ai Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh.

On December 27, 2015, the President will deliver the inaugural address at the Indian Economic Association’s Annual Conference at Prof. Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, Hyderabad. He will also attend on the same day the Purnahuthi of Ayutha Chandi Maha Yagam being organized by the Telangana State Government at Erravelli village in Medak, Telangana for ‘Lok Kalyanam’ (universal prosperity) and ‘Vishwa Shanthi’ (universal peace).

Shri ESL Narasimhan, Governor of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will host a dinner in honour of the President on December 29, 2015. The President will host a reception for senior dignitaries of the State, Ministers, officials, journalists etc. at the Rashtrapati Nalayam, Secunderabad on December 30, 2015. 

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Address by the President of India on the Occasion of receiving the Garwood Award for ‘Outstanding Global Leader in Open Innovation’ by UC Berkeley – Haas School of Business on 17 December, 2015 at 1200 hrs 
It is indeed an honour for me to receive the Garwood Award for “Outstanding Global Leadership in Open Innovation” from the prestigious UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business. The UC Berkeley University has generated more Nobel Laureates till date, than any other university of the world. It is a privilege to be associated with the first public university of the world established in 1868, which has consistently ranked overall Fourth. The Haas School of Business is second oldest business school, ranked One for generating Tech CEOs and remains one of the top ten schools in the world.

2. I would like to thank Governor Jerry Brown of the State of California and his Senate for the legislative proclamation in acknowledging my efforts in open innovation. I would also like to thank Chancellor Nicholas Dirks of UC Berkeley and Dean Richard Lyons of the Haas School of Business.

3. Professor Solomon Darwin, Executive Director of Garwood Centre attended the Festival of Innovation at Rashtrapati Bhavan in March, 2015. He has also contributed to national agenda by developing the very first course and curriculum on building Smart Cities, focused exclusively on India. I am informed that UC Berkeley is the first university to offer such a course in the world. This will help in capacity building for developing countries like India, where the focus is now on building Smart Cities on a big scale.

I would like to compliment and thank Professor Solomon Darwin for this initiative.

4. Open Innovation is a way to future as it captures knowledge-flow from all sources, both internal and external, in an organization. Open innovation is most essential for government entities, who are tasked to serve the citizens. Placing of data in the public domain without compromising the privacy, promotes transparency, innovation and opens up new avenues to solve problems of citizens efficiently and effectively.

5. Innovation is a critical driver of growth and development. Open innovation takes the innovation to next level and creates a new eco-system of access and equal opportunities to all. I firmly believe that open innovation has a potential to transform the global social landscape and help achieve the goal of a more fair and just world.

6. Energy and environment are integral for the sustenance of society and civilization. The Presentation made by the Energy Institute of UC Berkeley has immense potential for adaptation and use in India. India supports around 17% of the world’s population, but its energy and electricity consumption is around 5% of the world consumption. In order to sustain the growth rate of over 8% through the next two decades, India will need to increase its electricity supply by at least 5 to 7 times of its current consumption. This is a huge responsibility and challenge because we have to achieve this while preserving the environment. I am sure your prestigious University will take a lead in this field and carve a new path for sustainable and equitable growth through constant innovation and education.

7. I wish the open innovation initiative of UC Berkeley a great success and once again convey my heartiest greetings, warm felicitations and sincere appreciations to the University and all stakeholders.

Thank you. 

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Garwood Award for ‘Outstanding Global Leader in Open Innovation’ presented to President Mukherjee


The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee received Garwood Award for ‘Outstanding Global Leader in Open Innovation’ from UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business today (December 17, 2015) at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Prof. Solomon Darwin, Executive Director Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation presented the award to the President.

The University of California, Berkeley, one of the most prestigious educational institutes in the world, has established the Garwood Award to acknowledge individuals who have embraced, supported and encouraged open innovation in a significant and impactful way. The award was presented to the President for promoting open innovation; for taking initiative of hosting and gathering global innovators at the first-ever Global Roundtable on the Inclusive Innovations at Rashtrapati Bhavan; organizing first Festival of Innovation at the Rashtrapati Bhavan to link together global leaders from technological, financial and educational sectors for the promotion of increased scalability in national and international grassroots innovation; for launching the first Innovations Scholars' 'In-Residence' programme to promote the spirit of innovation and provide a thriving creative atmosphere for grassroots innovation activities that will have the potential to transform the global landscape; for urging higher education leaders to establish Innovation Clubs to catalyze the collaboration between institutions of higher learning and grassroots innovations; for being a primary supporter of Micro-Venture Innovation Finance which empowers grassroots innovators with the fundamental resources to provide their products and services to global markets; for being an initiator for innovative solutions towards financial inclusion via national programs that will promote worldwide economic success and for spearheading the establishment of an Innovation promotion platform involving academics, entrepreneurs, and researchers to foster an intercontinental medium of innovation, R&D and scientific research.

In his acceptance speech, the President said that open innovation is a way to future as it captures knowledge-flow from all sources, both internal and external, in an organization. Open innovation is most essential for government entities, who are tasked to serve the citizens. Placing of data in the public domain without compromising the privacy, promotes transparency, innovation and opens up new avenues to solve problems of citizens efficiently and effectively.

The President said that innovation is a critical driver of growth and development. Open innovation takes the innovation to next level and creates a new eco-system of access and equal opportunities to all. Open innovation has a potential to transform the global social landscape and help achieve the goal of a more fair and just world. 


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