GUWAHATI: “The 11 vows given by Bapu are as relevant today as they were before. Inculcating the moral values and understanding diversity in the light of Gandhi’s life is the need of the present time”, stated Prof Ved Prakash, former Chairman of UPSC, while delivering a speech remembering the Father of the Nation to more than 2,400 students at the central auditorium of University of Science and Technology Meghalaya (USTM) at 9th Mile, Meghalaya on Monday.
USTM celebrated Gandhi Jayanti today, tomorrow being a holiday for the institution. On the occasion, USTM has also launched a mobile app for student: mystudent@chancellorustm, which will facilitate every student of the university to communicate with the Chancellor directly for any kind of complain or for sharing their thoughts.
Addressing the students, Prof Prakash said, “Education is essential for attainment of the goal of peace and it can be attained by morality and ethics. If Bapu would have been with us, his topmost priority would have been to deal with the ongoing threat of nuclear war by various nation states. His second priority would have been safety of children. Third priority would have been to focus on the prevalent enormous inequality in our country, fourthly to deal with the ecological crisis faced by the country, fifthly to emphasise on renewable energy, and finally to respect the composite culture of the country”.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Alaka Sarma, noted educationist, Gandhian and Director (Hony) of the International Centre for Gandhian Studies (ICGS) of USTM said, “From the currency notes in our pockets, Mahatma Gandhi must come into our hearts to bring us on the path of truth, nonviolence and sustainability. Gandhi’s life itself is a message, she added.
In his address, Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor, USTM said that now is the time to inculcate the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi among the masses. On this auspicious occasion, he also announced that the former UPSC Chairman Prof Ved Prakash has joined USTM recently as Professor Emeritus.
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