The President of India, Shri Ram Nath
Kovind, reached Bulgaria on September 4, 2018 on the second leg of his state
visit to three European nations – Cyprus, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, says
On September 5, 2018, the President
delivered an address at Sofia University on the theme “Education as an
Instrument of Change and Shared Prosperity”. The address coincided with
Teachers’ Day in India, commemorating the birth anniversary of Dr S.
Radhakrishnan, India’s second President.
Speaking on the occasion, the
President paid tributes to India’s teachers, scholars and academics adding that across
continents, Indian scholarship and academic excellence are recognised and it
earns India goodwill.
The President said the 21st century
is an era of dramatic technological change and the university campuses of the
21st century are not just providers of degrees but also hubs of
innovation and entrepreneurship and incubators of start-ups and small
businesses driven by technology – and by creative minds buzzing with ideas and
designing game-changing apps.
The President said that this is a
revolution playing out in real time in India making India the world’s
third-largest innovation and start-up hub. The start-up universe in India is
creating not just jobs and wealth – but also intellectual property. India’s
R&D investments are expected to touch US dollars 83 billion this year. This
is an exciting ecosystem. He invited young Bulgarians to become a part of it.
Bulgarians, he said, are among students from 166 countries studying in Indian
universities and institutions of higher learning.
The President said his visit is aimed
at further strengthening India-Bulgaria political relations and building an
economic partnership. Subsequently, the President led delegation-level talks between the two
sides. Speaking on the occasion, he said the all-round progress achieved
by Bulgaria deserves recognition and admiration. India is also on a strong
growth path. There is potential for us to enhance economic cooperation. We
could collaborate in the fields of IT, defence, pharma, food processing,
entertainment and tourism, among others.
Following the delegation-level talks,
bilateral agreements were signed and exchanged. India and Bulgaria have signed
five agreements during President Kovind’s visit:
- An agreement between Invest India and
- An agreement on cooperation in and
facilitation of tourism
- An agreement on enhanced science and technology
- An agreement on civil nuclear research and
- An agreement between the Indian Council of
Cultural Relations and Sofia University to promote Hindi studies