HIGHLIGHTS OF PRESIDENT PRANAB MUKHERJEE'S PRESIDENCY


• In his Assumption speech in the Central Hall of Parliament, President Pranab Mukherjee described the principal responsibility of his office as to function as the guardian of our Constitution. He said, “I will strive, as I said on the oath, to preserve, protect and defend our Constitution not just in word but also in spirit”.

• The President has made it a priority to visit states of India and has visited all except Goa. He has reached out to a wide cross section of people, including in particular the youth and women during his visits all across the country.

• The President has an important role in diplomacy and foreign relations of our country. He has visited ten (10) foreign countries (Vietnam, Norway, Finland, Bhutan, Russia, Sweden, Republic of Belarus, Jordan, Palestine and Israel). In all his visits he takes multi-party delegations comprising, Ministers, Members of Parliament and heads of educational institutions.



• He has received 75 foreign dignitaries in the Rashtrapati Bhavan including US President Barack Obama and President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.

• He has opened the Rashtrapati Bhavan to citizens from all corners of India. Presidency should be brought closer to the people. Public can visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan for tours every Friday to Sunday.



• As ‘Visitor’ of 114 institutions of higher learning in the country, President Mukherjee has focused on improving the quality of higher education in the country.

• He has visited more than 100 educational institutions during his tenure.



• A novel ‘In-Residence’ programme has been started for grass level innovators, writers, artists, teachers and students.

• Lakhs of people visit the Mughal Gardens during the annual, “Udyanotsav”, held in February – March every year. Around 4.68 lakh people visited in 2015.

• A number of steps have been initiated to document the history and architecture of Rashtrapati Bhavan. Books on ‘Thoughts and Reflections’ of the President, birds (Winged wonders of Rashtrapati Bhavan), cultural activities (Indradhanush), President’s Bodyguard, selected speeches of the President and ‘Abode under the Dome’ relating to the stay of visiting Heads of States at Rashtrapati Bhavan have been published.



• An electronic art catalogue on Rashtrapati Bhavan’s art collection is available on the official website of President of India.

• Rashtrapati Bhavan is active on Twitter, You Tube and facebook. Its website has wide popularity.

• Efforts are underway to make Rashtrapati Bhavan a 3 H estate – Humane, hightech and heritage.