|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Nov 07: On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of the Mahatma Gandhi and to create a common platform for local and global thought leaders of Gandhian philosophy to explain, discuss and spread the virtues of Mahatma Gandhi's ideas and principles, the University of Jammu in collaboration with Central university of Jammu and Saryodaya International trust today organized International Conference on revisiting the virtues of Gandhian Philosophy, Relevance and applicability in the 21st Century. The focus of the two days conference is to shed light on their applicability to both global and local problems.
Deputy Chairman Rajya Sabha, Dr. Harivansh Narayan Singh, the chief guest in his address said that the University of Jammu and Central University of Jammu are known for their quality in the field of teaching and research and stressed upon adhering to the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. Dr Singh also said that Mahatma Gandhi believed that the purpose of Higher Education institutes should be to serve the people of the country and lead to their betterment. He said that gandhian philosophy can improve future generations for many centuries such is the relevance of his teaching.
Retd. Ambassador India, Pascal Alan Nazareth in his keynote address said that Gandhi in his era influenced people all around the world. He was influenced by Jainism which teaches non violence. He applauded the efforts of Jammu University and Central University of Jammu in collaborating to organize international conference on relevance of Gandhi in present scenario. Nazareth further said that Gandhi lately read the Bhagwat Gita and used to quote some of the verses during his discourse on various platforms.
Earlier, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu, Prof Manoj Dhar in his welcome address said that the India is a land of saints and it is a momentous day that today we are celebrating 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the 50th year of Golden Jubilee year of University of Jammu. Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Jammu Prof Ashok Aima, spoke about the values of Gandhian philosphy and their applications in the present area. He also presented details about the two day conference. He said it's a big opportunity for the students to learn from eminent gandhian philosophers. Prof Renu Nanda organising secretary also spoke on the Gandhian philosophy.
Among others Vice-Chancellor, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra, Prof Ravindra Kumar Sinha , Vice-Chancellor, Allahabad University, Prof. Rattan Lal Hangloo, , Justice Pramod Kohli, Registrar, Prof R.K Ganjoo, , Director, DDE , Prof Rajnikant, , DRS , Prof Rajni Dhingra, Director , Prof Arvind Jasrotia, faculty members of the various Universities , students, scholars, were also present on the occasion.