• Rajasthan

    Cong 101
    BJP 80
    RLM 0
    OTH 15
  • Madhya Pradesh

    Cong 112
    BJP 95
    BSP 5
    OTH 8
  • Chhattisgarh

    Cong 53
    BJP 26
    JCC 9
    OTH 1
  • Telangana

    TRS-AIMIM 82
    TDP-Cong 25
    BJP 6
    OTH 6
  • Mizoram

    MNF 25
    Cong 10
    BJP 1
    OTH 4

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India should aspire to become global power of happiness: President Pranab Mukherjee

By: | Published: April 14, 2017 6:35 PM

President Pranab Mukherjee today underscored the need for India to be a global powerhouse not just in terms of economic parameters but also 'Gross National Happiness'.

The President said the concept of development has changed now and international organisations like the World Bank and IMF are talking about development in terms of GDP as well as Gross National Happiness (GNH). (Reuters)

President Pranab Mukherjee today underscored the need for India to be a global powerhouse not just in terms of economic parameters but also ‘Gross National Happiness’.  “If we aspire to be one of the leading economic powers of the world, yes, we can be, but merely in statistical terms, in terms of gross domestic product (GDP), in terms of skill are not adequate,” Mukherjee said after laying the foundation stone for the Bengaluru Dr B R Ambedkar School of Economics here.

The President said the concept of development has changed now and international organisations like the World Bank and IMF are talking about development in terms of GDP as well as Gross National Happiness (GNH).

“Along with GDP, GNH is considered as one of the important factors of development,” Mukherjee emphasised.   He expressed concern over unemployability of the youth in India, saying “600 million youth are entering the job market, but their employability is not adequate”.  “They are educated, but not employable. Their employability is not up to the world standard,” he said.
Mukherjee observed that skill development may not appear glamorous but most important in the Indian context.

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Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Union ministers Ananth Kumar and D V Sadananda Gowda, state Governor Vajubhai Vala were present at the event, along with state higher education minister Basavaraj Rayareddi and academicians.

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