Speech by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee on the occasion of the 6th foundation day & 3rd convocation ceremony at ILBS



Speech by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee on the occasion of the 6th foundation day & 3rd convocation ceremony at ILBS 


It is indeed a very happy occasion for me to be present amidst you on the Sixth Foundation Day of this prestigious Institute as also its 3rd Convocation ceremony. The institution was established in January, 2010 and in this short time with its dedicated team it has acquired its place in the front ranking institutions of the country. 


2. The Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences was set up as an autonomous, super-specialty, medical and research Institute by the Government of Delhi with the objective of providing a comprehensive healthcare facility for diagnosis and treatment, including a center for advanced research, in the field of liver and biliary diseases. It is the first NABH and NABL accredited autonomous institute in the Government sector undertaking highly skilled and complicated surgeries, including liver and renal transplants, besides offering post-doctoral teaching & research in frontier areas.

3. The Institute provides first-rate medical care for patients with diseases of the liver, gall bladder, pancreas and associated organs of co-morbidity, such as the kidney and urinary system, not only to the people of India but also to people from other countries. It serves as a model for health care by amalgamating both academic skills and clinical acumen.

4. The liver is one of the vital organs of the human body. It is, in a sense, our metabolic factory and master regulator since everything we ingest first goes to the intestines and then the liver. The bacteria in our gut, sense, process and modulate our life. It is, therefore, a matter of great concern that liver diseases today are as common, if not more, than heart diseases. They constitute a huge burden on our country, but sadly, public awareness and associated treatment and research facilities in respect of these are not quite as optimal. Hepatitis, alcohol usage and obesity injure the liver the most, sometimes irreparably. The increasing number of lives lost to liver disease and the growing need for liver transplantation in our country are ready pointers to the increasing incidence of liver disease in our population.

5. The Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), in its short span of six years, has given hope to millions of people by providing state-of-the-art patient care services at affordable cost, including advanced and dedicated research in the field of liver and biliary diseases. I am told that ILBS treated more than 87,000 patients last year. It goes to the Institute’s credit that it has established a successful liver and kidney transplant program and has undertaken 283 liver transplants and 85 renal transplants till date with remarkable success. I hope the Institute remains a role model and develops the best clinical protocols and operational systems in specialized liver care in line with global standards.

6. I am happy that the Institute has taken a lead in undertaking organ donation programs and running awareness campaigns. While it has already started renal transplant services, it also intends to move forward on organ banking and developing a national referral and advanced liver and gall bladder cancer center. A facility of this kind is an imperative given that liver cancers constitute the second most common cause of cancer related deaths in the world as per the WHO release of 2014. It is heartening to note that ILBS has already been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre on Viral Hepatitis and Liver Diseases. To add to the sense of accomplishment, the World Gastroenterology Organization (WGO) has set-up its second training center for liver diseases at the Institute.

7. The Institute has also made rapid strides on the academic front introducing first of its kind, post-doctoral courses. It has demonstrated its commitment to promoting frontline research by introducing Ph.D courses and Short Term Training Programs (PDCC) for aspiring and eligible medical and research scholars. Innovative courses such as DNB (Nephrology) and M.Sc (Nursing) are being introduced in the Institute for aspiring renal doctors and nursing students.

8. It is a matter of great delight and satisfaction that the Institute is organizing its third convocation today. The entire team at ILBS needs to be complimented for being able to train so many specialists in the niche area of liver diseases. I am told that the late Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, former President of India, was the first Chancellor of the ILBS. Needless to say, his vision for India and his spirit of optimism would continue to remain a source of eternal inspiration for students and faculty.

9. I compliment the Director, Dr.Sarin and his team for realizing the vision of the Government of Delhi and creating a world class institute in the area of liver and biliary sciences. I am sure the institute shall usher in a new era in delivering quality public health services in the country.

10. I wish the Institute and all of you the very best for your future endeavours. I am sure that you will keep the flag flying high and make every Indian proud of your clinical and academic attainments.

Thank you.

Jai Hind!! 
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Leading Silicon Valley CEOs, entrepreneurs, technologists and venture capitalists to have an interactive session with President of India tomorrow 
Leading Silicon Valley CEOs, entrepreneurs, technologists and venture capitalists will have an interactive session with the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee tomorrow (January 15, 2016) at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Among those expected to participate in the event are Mr. Venktesh Shukla, President, TIE; Mr. Suhas Patil, CEO, Cradle Technologies; Mr. Krishna Yarlagadda, President, Imagination Technologies; Mr. Adil Adi, CEO, World Link; Mr. Adam Neumann, Founder, We Work; Mr. Sarvajana Dwivedi, Co- founder & CEO, Pearl Therapeutics; Mr. Kanwal Rekhi, General Partner, Invent us Capital; Mr. Prakash Bhalerao, Venture Capitalist, Rainbow Enterprises; Mr. KB Chandrashekhar, Chairman & CEO, Jamcracker Inc; Mr. Vinod Dham, Founder, Indo-US Ventures; Mr. Nimish Mehta, CEO, Lumen Data; Mr. Prakash Iyer, Vice President, Trimble Navigation Ltd., Mr. Sarvajit Thakur, Chairman, Enterprise Solutions Inc., Mr. Manu Rekhi, Venture Partner, Inventus Capital and Mr. Raju Indukari, Chairman & CEO, Mtuity. These entrepreneurs have made immense contribution to the emergence and evolution of the high technology knowledge sectors of India and catalyzed job creation through Start-ups, IT, R&D and innovation hub.

The interactive session is being held on the eve of the ‘Start-up India’ initiative to be launched by the Prime Minister on January 16, 2016. The ‘Start-up India’ initiative aims at fostering entrepreneurship and promoting innovation by creating an ecosystem that is conducive for growth of Start-ups. The objective is that India must become a nation of job creators instead of being a nation of job seekers.

The purpose of the interactive session with the President is to reiterate Government of India’s commitment to making India the hub of innovation, design and Start-ups. It is expected that this interaction will bolster the Start-up initiative of Government of India and be of inspiration to the entrepreneurs. 

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President of India attended the 6th foundation day and 3rdconvocation of ILBS 
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attended the 6th Foundation Day and 3rd Convocation of the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS)today(January 14, 2016) in New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that ILBS, in a short span of six years, has given hope to millions of people by providing state-of-the-art patient care services at affordable cost, including advanced and dedicated research in the field of liver and biliary diseases. It goes to the Institute’s credit that it has established a successful liver and kidney transplant program and has undertaken 283 liver transplants and 85 renal transplants till date with remarkable success. He expressed hope that the Institute remains a role model and develops the best clinical protocols and operational systems in specialized liver care in line with global standards. He complimented the entire team at ILBS for being able to train so many specialists in the niche area of liver diseases. He said that he was sure the institute shall usher in a new era in delivering quality public health services in the country.

Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Bharat Ratna Prof. CNR Rao and Deputy Chief Minister of NCT Delhi, Shri Manish Sisodia. 
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President of India extends his greetings on the eve of Army Day 2016


The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to all officers, soldiers, civilians, ex-servicemen and their families on the eve of the Army Day 2016.

In his message, the President has said, “I am happy to learn that the Army Day is being celebrated on January 15, 2016.

The Indian Army exemplifies professionalism, selfless commitment and unparalleled bravery. It continues to defend our borders across some of the most challenging terrains in the world. I pay my respect to our brave martyrs, who have made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. The nation is indebted to them and their families.

I wish to place on record my deepest appreciation for the Indian Army’s contribution to nation building and the commitment of our soldiers to the service of the nation. I am confident that in keeping with its glorious traditions, the Indian Army will continue to do the nation proud.

On the occasion of Army Day 2016, I extend my greetings and felicitations to all officers, soldiers, civilians, ex-servicemen and their families”. 


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