New Delhi: Hebrew University conferred Honorary Doctorate on President Pranab Mukherjee yesterday (October 15, 2015) at a ceremony held in Jerusalem, Israel. Speaking on the occasion, the President said he accepts the doctorate as the President of India, on behalf of the people of India. It gives him great pleasure to be associated with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, one of Israel’s largest research and teaching institutions.
The President said India has a number of complementarities with India in many key sectors. India is keen to realise the full potential of a partnership between scientists and researchers of the two countries. Both our academic communities have much to bring to the table. India trains nearly 400,000 engineers every year. Israel, on its part, has proven itself in the field of research and technical innovation.
India seeks Israel’s participation in its Digital India programme and the building of India’s smart cities and model villages. Ideas and innovations of Israeli scientists and researchers could go a long way in helping us achieve the goals of these flagship programmes of Government of India. He called upon Israeli scientists and researchers to participate in the transformation of India.