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Tue, 20th Jan 2015

His Excellency the President

His Excellency the President, Pranab Mukherjee

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A grand opening of the 150 bed Institute of Neurosciences, Kolkata.  Indian Ceremony

Hannah - First up, I arrived at the institute’s 10-story, 150-bed hospital situated in Kolkata’s equivalent to Mayfair London. Chaotic excitement permeated as the surrounding roads prepare to close in lieu of his Excellency, the President of India’s imminent arrival to open the inaugural ceremony.

Male - Ladies and gentlemen, the honourable President of India, Pranab Mukherjee will now address the gallery.

Mukherjee - It’s indeed a very happy occasion for me to inaugurate the Institute of Neurosciences, which is a state-of-the-art facility for Neurology, Neuro-surgery, Neuro-rehabilitation and Neuro-psychiatry. Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, neuroscience is one of the important disciplines globally. About 1 million people are affected...

Hannah - The President emphasised the global impact of disorders of the nervous system, highlighting both the devastating personal and economic burdens of disorders such as Parkinson’s, depression and epilepsy in India and across the globe. He stressed how dedicated research and care is necessary to help improve people’s lives like the work occurring at this institute in Kolkata.

Mukherjee - I hope that your Institution would lead by example and infuse the higher objective of selfless service to society in the rest. I once again compliment everyone associated with this noble venture and wish them the very best for the future. Let me conclude in the words of Mahatma Gandhi:"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history” Thank you, ladies and gentlemen.


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