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August 30, 2009

Ahmedabad at the Forefront of India’s Education Story

Filed under: Education,Gujarat,National Security — loggers @ 12:33 am

The Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, the first of its kind in the world, was inaugurated on August 25, 2009. Narendra Modi (Chief Minister of Gujarat) and K.S. Radhakrishnan (Chief Justice of the High Court of Gujarat), along with other dignitaries, presided over the ceremony. The institution is a milestone for the Indian judicial system, where lack of evidence is cited as a critical issue impeding justice delivery. The crowd of 500+ students, parents, journalists and forensic scientists rose in unison and observed pin-drop silence as Modi entered the auditorium. After numerous eulogies, he was invited to address the audience.

Modi described the event as equally significant to Gujarat as the establishment of the Narmada dam. His excitement for putting Gujarat at the forefront of education and research in forensic science was evident. The one international (German) student was bombarded with cameramen, as this institution also aims to attract those looking for entries into foreign agencies such as the CIA, FBI, etc.

Modi swarmed by students and journalists after the ceremony

Modi swarmed by students and journalists after the ceremony

After witnessing history in the making, we left for the National Institute of Design (NID). We were welcomed by the post-modern architecture and displays of students’ 3D car models (Renault recently sponsored a competition to design an Indian coupe). The artsy student body strut the campus knowing they are the best of the best (think the MIT of design in India). There was arrogance in the air, and we loved it. The head of PR explained that as designing becomes an increasingly acceptable profession in India, the acceptance rate of <10% will only go lower. We are unanimously long on this institution.

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