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.
- Rajesh Jeetah
- 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