New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee told the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) probationers, who called on him at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi, to enhance India's prestige and honour abroad.

Addressing a group of 34 probationers of Indian Foreign Service (2011 batch), President Mukherjee asked them to train themselves in economic diplomacy and issues like energy security and food security. He called upon them to achieve specialized knowledge in these areas and enhance the prestige and honour of India in foreign countries through dedicated service to the motherland.

President Mukherjee said the world is undergoing major change. Global economy is still fragile and yet to recover from the financial crisis.

"There have been major political changes in West Asia, Africa and India's neighbourhood. The job and responsibilities entrusted upon young Foreign Service officers is daunting but they would have an opportunity to show their mettle and initiative. India's foreign policy must constantly adapt to the changing world," said President Mukherjee.

"The world recognizes the fact that bulk of global growth is coming from emerging economies, especially China and India and India has an important place today in all major international fora like G 20," he added.
Speaking about the Indian economy, President Mukherjee said there was reason for concern, but no cause for despondency.

"The Indian economy achieved 7.9 percent growth in the last ten years which is much higher than any ten year period since 1951," he said.


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