METís Tryst with the First Citizen of India
(26th February to 5th March, 2013)
-Hon'ble President of India
Mumbai Educational Trust (MET), one of India’s premiere educational conglomerate recently organised a knowledge expedition to Delhi, under the aegis of ‘Chalo Delhi’. As part of the expedition Management and Engineering students from Mumbai and Nashik campuses along with faculty had a once in a life-time opportunity to interact with The President of India, Former President of India and Members of Parliament.
In a ‘dream come true’ run, 103 students and faculty members of MET’s Schools of Management and Engineering, BKC Mumbai and Nashik, successfully completed a weeklong ‘Chalo Delhi’ visit for an idea exchange between the national governance apparatus and the students and faculty of MET.
At the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, The President of India, said to them "Our country is poised for a greater role in the world economy by 2020 and you have to play a crucial role in the inclusive development and progress of the country"; exposed them to the transition in India’s eco-political journey and gave them a lesson on the empowerment of people as well as the value of education in achieving growth, stating "Someday, one of you will be occupying my chair".
In an exchange with the Former President of India - Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, he exhorted them to balance theoretical knowledge with practical application; suggested they focus on innovation, creativity and work-life balance, by aiming high and achieving their goals through hard work and perseverance and presented a wonderful continuum of the image of the victorious leader which originates in competitiveness and is powered by knowledge, technology and customer-delight, resulting in achieving excellence through competitive leadership. He stressed that the youth should be concerned with giving rather than receiving, which will lead to eternal happiness and bliss.
At the Constitution Club, students met numerous dignitaries including Hon’ble. Union Minister for Human Resource Development Shri. Pallam Raju, who presented an overview of the Indian Economy and stated that the only way to eradicate poverty was the development of the human resource potential to the fullest, by training youth and developing skills and competencies to make them employable; the Hon’ble. Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shri Shashi Tharoor, who highlighted the colossal task of achieving 100% literacy critical for development of our country; Shri. Francisco Sardinha, distinguished member of the Speakers Panel in the Lok Sabha and former CM of Goa, who spoke about 100% literacy resulting in the multi-dimensional growth achieved by Goa. Shri Mohammed Azharuddin, Hon’ble. Member of Parliament from Western UP, who highlighted the importance of virtues such as teamwork, sportsmanship and enlightened leadership; Dr. Bhalchandra Mungekar, Hon’ble. Member of the Rajya Sabha and former Member of Planning Commission of India and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Mumbai, who highlighted the fundamental synthesis of economics and management and advised the gathering to take more pains in raising the bar of professional education; while Prof. Saugata Roy, MP from Kolkatta gave a panaromic review of our economy. He highlighted the fact that while the democracies in our sub-continent are smouldering, the Indian economy is poised for a great leap ahead..
MET also presented to them a unique concept - of spreading functional literacy, especially among the BPL individuals, by using mobile phones, as a means of learning and communication, by involving students in this initiative. The Hon’ble. Minister was appreciative of this suggestion and requested for a formal proposal.
The students also visited the Red Fort, Connaught Place, Janpath, Indira Gandhi Memorial, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial at Teen Murti Bhavan, the Taj Mahal, the ‘Kingdom of Dreams’ and took a dip in the Ganges, thus exposing them to a blend of India's art, culture, heritage, craft, cuisine and performing arts.
In keeping with the multi-dimensional objectives of the visit, an industrial excursion was taken to Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) at Haridwar to gain firsthand experience of the working of one of the prestigious 'Maha Navaratna' Companies of modern India. This mammoth plant, set up in 1958, produces highly sophisticated power generation systems with Russian and German collaboration employing over 22,000 workers.
The ‘Chalo Delhi’ expedition was a grand success due to the close guidance and direction of MET Trustee Shri. Samir Bhujbal, Prof Vijay Page and the esteemed faculty and staff, who worked tirelessly for its success. It was a remarkable and stimulating knowledge sharing experience for MET’s sharp minds.
This knowledge expedition by MET has featured on the official website of The President of India - http://presidentofindia.nic.in/re010313.html