From our correspondent
Itagar, Nov 19: President Ram th Kovind on Sunday lauded the Vivekanda Kendra Vidyalayas (VKV) for its yeoman services in Aruchal Pradesh for rendering quality education by establishing schools in the land-locked State over the past 40 years.
The President, who began his four-day maiden visit to the Northeast, arrived here to grace the valedictory function at Indira Gandhi Park to mark the 40 years of Vivekanda Kendra in the State.
“Vivekanda Kendra Vidyalayas (VKVs) have become the source of inspiration for the people for its moto and philosophy of ‘Service to humanity is service to tion’,” the president said while addressing the function.
Kovind said the VKVs, while keeping the tribal culture and traditions intact, have been imparting quality education to the tribal students of the State along with other co-curricular activities.
While appreciating the band display by VKV students, the president said quality of the performance was equivalent in terms of discipline being exhibited by the three wings of the defence forces during band displays.
“Being the head of the armed forces, I have the opportunities to witness the band display of the Army, Air Force and the vy on several occasions. The band display by the students here is brilliant and on par with the armed forces. You are the future of the country and should think that sky is the limit for you and if you follow the principles, you are sure to succeed,” he urged the students.
Kovind said, “Aruchal is known as the land of rising sun. The State with lush green vegetation, enchanting sceneries and snow clad mountains attract everyone. I came here on July 6 this year for election campaign where I promised that I will visit the State soon. And in my Northeast visit, I came to this wonderful land first as promised,” he said.
“If Northeast is the crown of the country, Aruchal Pradesh is the jewel in the crown,” he added.
Stating that Aruchal Pradesh exhibits ‘Unity in Diversity’, the President appreciated the State’s gaon burhas (village heads) and Kebang (local justice delivery system) institution terming them as ‘unique’ in the world.
“Aruchal Pradesh has a special mention in the epics and history of the country,” he said while referring to historical places like Vismakgar from where Lord Krish married Rukmini, Tawang for the world famous mostery and Malinithan for the historically important temple.
He also mentioned the mes of martyr Matmur Jamoh, father of Indigenous Faith Talom Rukbo, famed writers Y D Thongchi and Mamang Dai on the occasion.
Terming Aruchal as the power house of the country, the President said that since 2014, the State has been marching ahead in the developmental aspects with 1500 kilometers of Trans Aruchal Highway which is under execution, fast pace of border areas development, development of Advance Landing Grounds, railways and establishment of 500-beded Tomo Riba Institute of Medical Sciences (TRIMS) at harlagun.
Kovind in the evening will dedicate the new Assembly building of State to the people and address the legislators at a special Assembly session.
Speaking on the occasion Governor Brig (Retd) DR B D Mishra appreciated the role of VKVs in development of human resources in the country and asserted that he with the aid of the VKV volunteers would vigorously launch the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in the State capital to make it a clean capital across the country.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu in his address said that the government is committed to fostering quality education in all government schools across the State.
Lauding VKVs for imparting quality education in the State, Khandu said sustaible development could only be achieved if better human capital is developed.