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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 met Dr A Al-Tabba from the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge and other eminent personalities this week.  Dr A Al-Tabba was actually in Mauritius for the ‘Best Mauritian Scientist Award Ceremony 2013’, organised by my ministry and the Mauritius Research Council.

‘The Second Edition of the Best Mauritian Scientist Award‘

 This initiative of my Ministry in collaboration with the Mauritius Research Council, is meant to specially recognize and reward the work of the best Mauritian scientist. The award was launched in May 2011 to acknowledge the scientific achievements of researchers and to encourage them to continue to strive for excellence in their careers. The award is meant to reflect their contribution to the advancement of Natural and Social sciences and its impact on the socio-economic development of Mauritius.

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”François-Marie Arouet

‘Signing Ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between My Ministry and The Mauritius Post Ltd’


It was a pleasure for me to be  together with my colleague the Minister of Information and Communication Technology to mark an event which is perhaps a first of its kind in Mauritius. We were at the Rajiv Gandhi Science Center to witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding between my Ministry and the Mauritius Post Ltd for the dissemination of information on Tertiary Education, and promote Science and Technology.I would like to thank the Chairperson and General Manager of Mauritius Post Ltd for this collaboration which will help both of us to reach out to the community and households to promote higher education and science and technology education.The main collaborating partner under this agreement will be the Rajiv Gandhi science Centre - which has been carrying out awareness programmes such as National Science Weeks, Caravane de la Science, Science Fun Days and Science Competitions. Science and technology are critically important for economic and social development in all fields. Mauritius wants to develop new sectors such as petroleum, ocean economy, the green economy and promote sustainable development, it needs high level engineers and scientists. I am glad that this MOU is being signed to help the Rajiv Gandhi Science centre and my ministry to organize activities jointly with Mauritius Post Ltd to promote better knowledge of the importance of science and technology. The MOU also provides for my Ministry to assist Mauritius Post Ltd for the provision of training courses to its staff through the publicly funded tertiary education institutions. I appreciate the commitment of Mauritius Post Ltd to provide further training and upskilling to its staff.I wish to thank the Mauritius Post Ltd once again and look forward to a fruitful partnership.



 It is a special privilege and honour for me to welcome His Excellency Dr PallamRaju, Minister of Human Resource Development of India .  I wish to thank him for his presence amongst us with a high level delegation of very eminent persons. This event has a special historical significance for the Government and the people of Mauritius. The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Mauritius Research Council and the Indian Institute of Technology of Delhi  is  a distinct   testimony of the strong and deep rooted bonds of friendship between our two countries as well as a landmark event, opening numerous avenues of collaboration in the fields Higher Education,  Science and Technology. This is an exciting time for Higher Education in Mauritius, a time of impressive challenges, a time for decisive change and a time to broaden our horizons.I would like therefore, on behalf of the Government of Mauritius  to express our gratitude  to the Government of India  for assisting us in addressing the challenges and opening new horizons for our young people. During his visit to Mauritius,  Dr Abdul Kalam, former President of India  reminded us that  “ We have a common bond, not only people to people, above all the waves of the same Ocean embrace both of us.“ The new institution, will no doubt, in the years to come, stand as a model of excellence and distinction,  a common bond between our people and  our two countries.

‘National Science Week at Kendra Shopping Centre - Saint Pierre’


I extend a warm welcome to all those present for the Eighth Edition of the National Science Week 2013 held at Kendra Shopping Centre St Pierre, organized by the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre. A very special welcome to all the young students who were present there  as this is an activity that is being organized specially for them as we want to sensitize them on the importance of Science and Technology in our everyday life. Science is such a universal subject that we cannot do away with it.  The country needs the critical mass of professionals with the scientific background in order to meet the future socio economic challenges of the country.  The Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre (RGSC) working under the aegis of my Ministry has the mandate to promote Science and Technology among the general public and also among school students.  The RGSC came up with various programme like the Sky Observation programme for general public, Science Through Colours, Science Project based competition for school students, all having one and the same goal that is  popularisation of science. I would like to acknowledge the contribution and the support of the following organisations: AREU, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Agro Industry and Food Security, Mauritius Standards Bureau, Mauritius Heart Foundation, Blood Donors Association, Forestry Department, Mauritius Research Council, Open University of Mauritius, Traffic Branch, Fire Services and others. I wish to thank everyone who has collaborated to make the event a success especially the team from RGSC.

‘Graduation Ceremony of the Fashion and Design Institute (FDI)’


 I extend my warmest congratulations to all the students graduating and equally to their parents for their success.