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Dr Jeetah was elected Member of the National Assembly in December 2003 for the first time for Constituency No.7 (Piton/Rivière du Rempart), and remained so until April 2005. Dr Jeetah was re-elected as: • Member of the National Assembly for Constituency No.11 (Vieux Grand Port-Rose Belle), in 2005 and became Minister of Industry, Small and Medium Enterprises, Commerce & Cooperatives (2005 to 2008).He became Minister of Health & Quality of Life (2008 to 2010). • Member of the National Assembly for Constituency No.10 (Montagne Blanche- GRSE)in 2010 and became Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology till 2014. Education and Qualifications: a. University of Cambridge (2002 -2003) - ACU Research Fellowship b. University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) (1984-1993) • BSc (Hons) – Textile Technology • PhD – Textile Technology


I congratulate Mr. D. Fokeer, GOSK, Director General of the UTM, Dr. Chittoo, Chairperson of the national workshop and Mr. Jean Bruneau, Commissioner of Prisons, for the laudable initiative to organise the Validation Workshop on the premises of the Mauritius Prisons Service. I take personal pride that one of the Universities operating under the aegis of my Ministry is tackling this prickly problem with the objective of submitting a report to Government as expected by the Prime Minister. We look forward for the implementation of the validated recommendation which should go a long way in tangibly reducing the number of recidivists in this country. I sincerely hope they believe in service above self and that their deliberations done with missionary zeal will contribute to make society, safer and more secure for all our citizens and a more prosperous Mauritius as the desired outcome. The Director General of UTM, the Chairperson of the national workshop and the Commissioner of Prisons deserve our congratulations for having brought together all the stakeholders to think and deliberate on which a delicate issue of multi-disciplinary nature. The report, with recommendations, which have received their critical inputs, will provide government with a solid base to adopt measures to reduce crime and recidivism in Mauritius.

'If u want to gather honey, don't kick over the beehive' D.Carnegie

‘Courtesy Call’

 I met with representatives of Elsevier, Mr. Said Taha, Regional Director, Africa, Middle East, Turkey and Central Asia, Mr Ahmed Abdelnaby, Sales Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa and Mr. Ahmed Rustom, Accounts Development Manager, actually in Mauritius for the presentation of Science Direct, E-Journal, accompanied by the TEC representatives.

"Deep fulfillment in life doesn't come from accumulating objects but from actualizing ourselves."

Collaborative Mauritius Network: “One Year Down the Road”

 I was very happy to be at the wonderful venue in the final Collaborative Mauritius Network 2011 and to give the support of my Ministry, to the Collaborative Mauritius Network initiative.  This long awaited initiative aims at fostering cross collaboration between key Mauritian public sector institutions and organisations. “Collaborative Mauritius” in its actions has so far proven its importance as an overall mechanism for the identification of Innovative projects of commercial potential.  It is via the collaborative efforts of this network that the research-industry ’gap’ can be narrowed for the benefit of the economy and enhancement of our knowledge base. I envisage the Collaborative Mauritius Network Initiative to set the new standards for Innovation in this country and lead it to new heights.  In parallel, Collaborative Mauritius will also serve to promote a fundamental and important innovative mindset change necessary for the running of an innovation platform that propel Mauritius into an exciting Future.

‘Opening Ceremony of the Author’s Workshop organised by (Elsevier) Science Direct’

I proceeded to the opening ceremony of the Author’s Workshop organised by (Elsevier) Science Direct. The Central on-line library which comprises of two major providers of e-journals namely Emerald and EBSCO was launched on 04 February 2010. The databases from these two providers enabled access to more than 17,000 articles and journals and to 560 volume titles of eBooks collections (Emerald). The eBooks collection covers subjects such as: Strategy, Accounting and Finance, Organizational Studies, Economics, Politics, Linguistics, Sociology and Healthcare and Education. At the request of academics the Tertiary Education Commission took the initiative in March 2011, of subscribing with Elsevier (Science Direct). This subscription provides access to more than 1,800 international peer reviewed e-journals and more than 8,000 articles. My Ministry fully supports the initiative to open access to e-journals and eBooks as this will definitely help in the positioning of Mauritius in the region as a world class knowledge hub and the gate way to post secondary education. Furthermore, this will surely act as a catalyst to enhance teaching & learning and research.

‘Validation Meeting-Mid-term Plan of Action for the Second Decade of Education for Africa’

I proceeded to the opening of the workshop on “validation meeting mid-term plan of action for the second decade of education in Africa” today. A very warm welcome to all overseas delegates ! The aim of this validation meeting is to make a synopsis of the actions taken at continental, regional and national levels to execute the Plan of Action for the Second Decade of Education for Africa and to define new line of actions for the remaining years of the Decade and their tangible impacts in order to inform interventions for the remaining years of the decade.

‘Don’t do your best work for the applause it generates but for the personal pride it delivers.’ Robin Sharma

‘Courtesy Call’

I met with Mr. Richard Kiplagat, Lead International Organisations Strategy, Mr. Fasil Bekele  ,Public Private Alliances Lead and Natasha Ekstrom, Education Lead of Microsoft service provider to discuss on areas of cooperation between my ministry and Microsoft.

"Before anyone will lead you a hand, you must first touch their hearts."

‘Launching of the Seaweed Experimental farm in Mauritius’

It gave me immense pleasure to be at Albion Fisheries Research Centre, Albion for the launching of the first seaweed experimental farm in Mauritius. On this occasion a workshop is being held to train the local personnel and local fisherman community in seaweed farming. It is a pleasure to learn that the participants for the workshop include members of the public and private sectors as well as parastatal bodies, academia and very importantly the fisherman’s community. At the end of this workshop I understand that the stakeholders will acquire the basic skills involved from site selection for seaweed farming to setting up of a seaweed farm including farming methods, addressing problems (both social and environmental), working with communities and managing a seaweed farm. I have no doubt that with the commitment shown by the various institutions to this program a new industry will pave its way to contribute towards economic growth and a better livelihood especially for the coastal communities. I welcome this effort towards innovation and a new local industry. This is a first step in a new field. Good luck and success to all institutions involved in this exciting new endeavor !

‘12th Award Ceremony for Certificates and Diplomas & Prizes’


I was very pleased to be there again to share with them this moment of celebration. Let me take this opportunity to wish both the MGI and the RTI good luck in their future endeavours.  I also extend my best wishes to all students present in their future journey in life.  Always remember that Education is a continuous process that goes on throughout life.  Education opens up your mind for life-long learning.  In developing your careers, continuous professional development is a must to enable you effectively contribute to the development to our country and this should be coupled with extra-curricular activities for the holistic development of the self. Congratulation to the staff and students as well as their family for their success.