- 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
I had a meeting with Prof. J. Scrimgeour, Director of Energy Institute, University of Aberdeen, Scotland together with all my TEIs to discuss the implementation of Petroleum Engineering courses for our Institutions and also research projects with the Mauritius Research Council.
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SPEECH - Prize Giving Ceremony - Science Mural Contest
Thursday 24April 2014 at 13 00hrs
Auditorium, Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre
· Your Excellency, Mr. A.K. Mudgal, THE HIGH COMMISIONER OF INDIA
· The Director of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian culture
· Dr A.K. Maulloo, DIRECTOR, RAJIV GANDHI SCIENCE CENTRE
· Distinguished guests
· Dear Students
Good afternoon. It is indeed a great pleasure for me to address you today, on the occasion of thePrize Giving Ceremony of the “Science Mural Contest”on the theme “Space Exploration for a Better Tomorrow. I thank the Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture and the Indian High Commission for their collaboration in this event.
I am pleased to learn that the 67 entries were received from secondary schools and 221 students registered for this activity.
All the students who participated in the competition must by now have a better awareness of the importance of space science. Space science has led to many innovations which have changed our life. It has contributed to medical science, cell communication,ideo enhancing and analysis systems, solar technology, chemical detection, digital image processing to name a few examples.
Every day, space exploration missions fulfill people's curiosity, producing fresh data about the solar system that brings us closer to answering profound questions that have been asked for millennia: What is the nature of the Universe? Is the destiny of humankind bound to Earth? Are we and our planet unique? Is there life elsewhere in the Universe?
The theme “Space Exploration for a Better Tomorrow” for this Science Mural Contest also commemorates the Indo-Mauritian Collaboration in the field of Science and Technology. As you must all know, India has made lots of progress in the field of space exploration in the recent years. On November 5, 2013, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched a rocket that is projected to reach Mars in September 2014. The object of the mission, called the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), is to use a satellite to identify the geological source of methane that is present in the Martian atmosphere.
The Government of India has supported the setting up of this centre and I am pleased to note that it is continuing to give its support and guidance for -
· the construction of a 120-seater planetarium at Pamplemousses,
· the extension of this building by 1000 sq m to accommodate 2 more galleries including one on Ocean Sciences, and also the refurbishment of the existing galleries.The planetarium will allow people to benefit from Astronomy.
I have also to inform you that Mauritius is participating in the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) project, together with 8 other countries. This project is about the construction of the most powerful telescope, which will be located in South Africa with antennas in neighboring countries. This project requires skilled professionals in astrophysics and related fields. We are also working with the Mauritius Radio Telescope to establish a Centre for Space Science at Reduit.
Coming to today’s event, I would like to highlight that Mural Art is one of the best of all known public art. The purpose of murals varies from culture to culture and from time period to time period.
Murals are large scale paintings which are applied directly to walls, ceilings, and many other large flat surfaces. They are presumed to be the oldest human art form, as cave paintings at numerous ancient human settlements suggest, and can be found all over the world.
This initiative of the RGSC to use Mural art as a new means of popularizing science and technology is indeed commendable.
I was really amazed to see some of the murals created by students. This competition opened to the students of Lower Secondary i.e Form I-IIIhad as main objective toencouragecreativity and innovation among young people and carry out basic research work in the field of science and technology.
I would like to congratulate all the rectors, teachers and parents who have encouraged their children to participate in this contest. I would like to thank all the staff of the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre, the Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture and the High Indian High Commission who has contributed into making the Science Mural Contest 2014 a real success.A special thanks goes also to all the Jury Members.
Although this is a competition, please note that even if you are not rewarded today, your participation in this event is an indication of your courage and inner potential.
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Opening Ceremony of Workshop
Empowering through Cooperative Entrepreneurship
Venue : UTM, La Tour Koenig Date: Thursday 24 April at 10.00 a.m
Mr Seechurn, Director of National Institute for Co-operative Entrepreneurship
I wish to thank the National Institute for Co-operative Entrepreneurship for the organization of this workshop aimed at creating awareness of university students on the concept, importance and potential of cooperative entrepreneurship and motivate them to consider the cooperative approach as an alternative way of becoming entrepreneurs.
I thank the Ministry of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives for this initiative in our universities.
Universities and higher education institutions can contribute positively and significantly to innovative and growth-oriented entrepreneurship. They can teach entrepreneurship and transfer knowledge and innovation to enterprises. There is a need to develop entrepreneurship engagement and expand existing entrepreneurship efforts and introduce more creative and effective approaches, building on the best practices highlighted from around the world. entrepreneurship education is that it has the potential to encourage entrepreneurship, fostering the right mindset among students as well as providing them with relevant entrepreneurial skills.
This will in time have a positive impact on future economic growth, job creation, innovation and wealth generation. Moreover, entrepreneurial skills and attitudes also provide benefits to society beyond their application to business activity.
UNESCO reports that in its latest national policy framework introduced in 2010, the Chinese Ministry of Education required that creativity and entrepreneurship education should be integrated into different aspects of institutional reforms within higher education institutions, including redefinition of the missions of higher education institutions, reforms of teaching modalities and curriculum systems, capacity building of teaching staff, promotion of creativity and entrepreneurship through different kinds of extracurricular activities, establishment of relevant monitoring mechanism, collection of best practices for information and experience sharing. Secondly, in order to provide supportive platforms for the students to engage in entrepreneurial activities, central and local partnerships in the establishment of entrepreneurship education bases are encouraged, with existing university science parks and incubation centres playing important roles. Thirdly, provincial education authorities are required to provide more favourable policies for university graduates to create their own business plans and start new ventures.
We want all the universities to focus not only on the examinations and diplomas but on creating innovation and building new ideas. In USA, we know that most of the students following courses at the Harvard Business School end up starting their own business and become successful entrepreneurs.
We have started Business incubators with the Mauritius Research Council on a small scale and hope to expand this project in the future. The Institut Francophone de l’Entrepreunariat is working on a virtual incubator to promote entrepreneurship.
I therefore wish to thank the Ministry of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives and the National Institute for Co-operative Entrepreneurship for sensitizing students on entrepreneurship through cooperatives. We should develop a common framework to promote entrepreneurship among our students and work together for the implementation of the framework.
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I met with Prof. J.Scrimgeour, Director, Energy Institute, University of Aberdeen, Scotland together with Dr. A.Sudhoo of the Mauritius Research Council (MRC). The aim of the visit was to discuss the development of joint research projects with our tertiary institutions and amongst other issues pertaining to petroleum engineering.
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Speech - Opening of ‘Career & IT Fair 2014’ – Wednesday 23 April at 09.30 hrs
Venue : Octave Wiehe Auditorium, Reduit
I am very pleased to be in your midst for the opening of yet another edition of the ‘Career & IT Fair’ organised by the University of Mauritius Students’ Computer Club and the ‘Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department’. This is a great platform to bring the main players of the local ICT scene in contact with our soon-to-be graduates in the field.
As you know, and as was recently highlighted in the Budget Speech, the ICT/BPO sector is one of the fastest growing sectors. It is creating jobs for our youth at a rapid pace. It accounts for 6.4% of our GDP and provides employment to nearly 20,000 people and counting. We, at the government side, are providing the right infrastructure and framework for the industry to continue to grow with the ongoing implementation of fibre cable connectivity and commitment to upgrading and enhancing quality of internet connectivity.
The growth and expansion of the local industry will be led by you and companies such as those represented here today. To thrive and stay globally competitive in the sector, it is vital to continuously adapt to change. The common thread that binds all survival and success here is Innovation. This is one of the key elements of our Ministry’s Strategic Paper 2013-2025 where one the goal is to ‘Enhance Research and Innovation”.
In this context, we are talking about innovation within ICT itself or ICT as a supporting tool in innovation. Such is the critical role of innovation in government’s vision of transforming our nation into a knowledge hub by 2025 that an initiative of launching a 100 million rupee fund for Research and Innovation collaborative projects has been announced in our last Budget. The guidelines are soon to be finalized and …..
The guidelines are soon to be finalised and I would encourage young and soon-to-be professionals like yourselves to be on the look-out for such opportunities and schemes to innovate and think creatively for your companies and the country.
Thinking big is what also the idea of Big Data is all about. I was recently in South Africa for the inauguration of the first of a series of large radio telescopes for the largest astronomical projects ever undertaken- SKA (the Square Kilometer Array).
Mauritius is an integral partner of this science experiment and each of the hundreds of detectors that will be used will be generating data of 4.7 GigaBytes per second, meaning when fully operational the SKA observatory will produce enough information to fill approximately 4.5 million DVDs per day!
The challenge of Big Data will imply innovating in ways to process vast amount of data in the most efficient and productive manner and will rely on advances in software engineering, data mining, algorithm development and so on. These are not issues restricted to fundamental science and engineering but equally applicable to commercial data and information. I would like to see you, upcoming generation of ICT experts and professionals, be innovators to tackle such challenges.
While thinking big, it is also important to keep one’s feet on the ground and be aware of the opportunities to bring ICT closer to population and the public of all generations. During the ICT Expo 2014 this past week-end at Bel-Air, I mentioned that it is our mandate to bring Science, Technology and Research closer to the people. As you think about your own personal future growth and career, you graduates who are conversant in ICT and the latest technologies, I make a call that you do not neglect such endeavours of popularising ICT to the citizens of this country. This could be through CSR programs of the companies that you’ll be joining or other independent initiatives.
All in all, dear students, I fully believe that such events are to be commended/highly laudable for they provide a unique opportunity for you all to meet face to face with main players of the ICT industry in Mauritius, here at your own doorstep.
I am made to understand through such events, students may be handed job offers even before their graduation like last year, which :
(1) will alleviate a lot of the post-graduation stress of job-hunting, and
(2) indicates the ICT sector is still expanding and readily able to absorb/recruit new
graduates in its fold.
Irrespective of the situation you find yourself in today, do make the most of such privileged interactions to find out more about the organisations present. May the Computer Club and Department continue to lead such initiatives and may an ever-growing number of companies continue to be part of this exercise.
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