On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti Friday, a lecture on ‘Contribution of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri to India and Humanity’ was organised at the Department of Gandhian & Peace Studies at Panjab University (PU).
Stressing the contributions of freedom fighters from Punjab and other regions of India, Vadla Bhagaiah, an RSS member, asked the students to inculcate the values of Mahatma Gandhi by adopting the path of truth and non-violence. He also advocated for maintaining balance among different factions of the society, and protecting the
Speaking about Gandhi’s foreign experiences in England and Africa, he said, “Gandhi worked a lot for the human rights not only in India, but also across the world. He worked throughout his life to abolish child marriage and inequality, which are sadly still relevant. We must follow Gandhi’s path, and have faith in unity in diversity.”
He also asked the students and faculty members of PU to develop villages following the path of Gandhi. He also remembered Lal Bahadur Shastri on his birth anniversary and invoked his slogan ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ to promote the growth of farmers in the country.
On the occasion, the Best Gardener Award for the year 2015 was awarded to Mohinder Kumar, who works with the horticulture department, and to Ram Dhan, who works with the botany department, Botanical Garden. Later, the winners of essay and painting competitions were awarded cash prizes.
Vice-Chancellor of PU, Professor Arun K Grover, who presided over the event, briefed the audience on the contribution of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bhadur Shastri in India’s freedom struggle.
Cleanliness drive on campus
On Friday, Swachhta Diwas was organised by the residents of Mata Gujri Hall (girls’ hostel 1), with the cooperation of hostel warden Kuljeet Kaur Brar. Hostel premises and roadside areas were cleaned by the students,
Others present on the occasion were Dean Students’ Welfare (DSW) Professor Navdeep Goyal, DSW (Women) Professor Nandita Singh, former DSW Professor A S Ahluwalia, NSS Director Professor Yograj Angrish, Dr Gaurav from the Centre for Social Work, wardens of other hostels, officials of health department of PU and the members of PUCSC.
Professor A S Ahluwalia recommended that the dumping ground outside girls’ hostel 1 be converted into a parking lot. Coordinator of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan at PU, Professor Seema Kapoor, encouraged the students to keep the campus clean.
A cleanliness drive was also organised at the Department of Geography and by the students of University Business School on the campus.