Swami Vivekanand wanted education to be a joyful experience for students: Governor

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The Governor, Mr Bharat Vir Wanchoo, addressing the gathering at the ‘Surya’ programme organised at Kala Academy, Panaji, on Saturday.

PANAJI: The Governor, Mr Bharat Vir Wanchoo, has appealed to children to inculcate in themselves values and ideals cherished by  a person of great character and integrity like Swami Vivekanand, and added that this can give a new meaning to our  lives that can lead us from darkness to light and would be a befitting tribute to this great son of India.

The Governor was speaking as the chief guest at the annual ‘Surya’ programme organised by Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust in association with Kala Academy on the theme ‘Trigatha’ i.e. Mahatma Gandhi, Ravindranath Tagore and Swami Vivekanand at Kala Academy, on Saturday.
Students from Hamara School presented the programme.
The chairman of Kala Academy, Mr Vishnu Surya Wagh, Ms  Vijayadevi Rane, Ms Mangala Wagle, representatives of Kasturba Gandhi Memorial Trust Hamara School were present.
Speaking further, Mr Wanchoo appreciated the programme presented by Hamara School students based on the life and vision of three great leaders — Mahatma  Gandhi, Swami Vivekanand and Ravindranath Tagore.
Such programmes he said, help in inculcating the values of love, peace, amity, unity,  integration and appreciation for one another, besides promoting emotional and national bonding.
The Governor paid rich tributes to the three great leaders and said, “Ravindranath Tagore is remembered  and revered as a versatile genius, a  literary giant, educator, social reformer and a fearless and courageous fighter for India’s independence, who played an important role in developing political consciousness for the emancipation of our  teeming millions. Tagore advocated a general intellectual and spiritual awakening of the people of our country. He made an everlasting contribution to the various aspects of our nation and the world as a whole, for which he will be remembered by the present and future generations.”
He said, “When we look back at the history of our  country, one startling truth that confronts us is that whenever our country passed through turbulent times - be it a political crisis or spiritual  confusion or social and cultural disturbances – men of great wisdom and virtues took birth on this holy land and guided us to follow the right path. Swami Vivekanand was one such spiritual and philosophical giant whose teachings and messages have had a profound impact on our country’s continues glory and progress.”
“Today, it is only appropriate that we remember him with a deep sense of reverence and recall his ever-lasting  contribution to the greatness of our country and fulfillment of its socio-economic developmental aspirations. Swamiji represented the quintessence of the great culture inherited by our country from time immemorial. It is not only enough for us to remember him at his birth anniversary celebrations, but also to try to earnestly emulate and follow his message and teachings, in order to make ourselves worthy of our country,” he added.
“His life was a great example of a mission for the resurgence of India and regeneration of the great ideals to which it is rooted in. The teachings of Swami Vivekanand have the greatest relevance today, on our development, particularly, of the younger generation. The best way for us to pay our reverence and tribute to him is to inculcate the ideals for which he stood him,” he remarked.
The Governor said, Swami Vivekanand rightly considered education as a powerful tool for social transformation. He wanted education to be a joyful and rewarding experience for students, rather than being a heavy burden. Education alone can provide moral strength and intellectual ability to individuals to make them worthy citizens who can contribute meaningfully to society. At a time like now, when we are focusing considerable attention and emphasising on education for sustainable progress, we should draw inspiration from the teachings of Swami Vivekanand in pursuing our efforts to educate our children for a better future. I am sure, Swami Vivekanand’s ideals and vision will continue to inspire and influence the younger generation for building a better future for themselves and for our country, through the powerful medium of education.
Ms Ujwala Sen and Ms Saraswati Sardar compered the function. Ms Sajina proposed the vote of thanks.