Thursday, September 26, 2013

President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee visits Sri Aurobindo Ashram

 (In the above photo from the right are:

1st Shri N Rangaswamy, Chief Minister of Pondicherry,

2nd Honourable President Shri Pranab Mukharjee,

 3rd Shri Manoj Das Gupta, Managing Trustee, Sri Aurobindo Ashram,


4th Shri V. Narayanasamy,Minister of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions

and Prime Minister's Office

 and 5th Shri Manoj Das.)

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee visiting the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and

meeting the students of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education at

Aurobindo Ashram at Puducherry on September 25, 2013.
PUDUCHERRY: The security cordon was in place by Tuesday and by Wednesday morning, Puducherry's iconic ashram quarter was abuzz about President Pranab Mukherjee's imminent visit to the samadhi of the city's patron saints Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and his talk at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education (SAICE), commonly referred to as the ashram school. In his first visit to the city after becoming President, Mukherjee started his ashram tour with a visit to the samadhi and a darshan of Sri Aurobindo's room. Later in the afternoon he spoke to 300-odd students of the school highlighting the ashram's role in making Puducherry a harmonious melting pot.

"At present Puducherry is a wonderful example of cultural assimilation," he said in his 30-minute speech. "This has been possible to a large extent because of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, which stands as an example of national and international harmony." He went on to add that he hoped both the "public and the administration will do everything possible to safeguard the special ambience and inner tranquility of this distinctive place". Focussing on the ashram's "liberality of approach and vision", he said it "stands as a symbol of hope for our conflict-ridden world and must be preserved and protected".

The president also congratulated the kids for their multiple language skills. "I am happy to learn that the students of SAICE learn from a very small age a set of languages comprising English, French and Sanskrit apart from your mother tongues," he said. "You children and your teachers are to be congratulated for proving that a child has unlimited capacity for imbibing languages and that too without tears if taught in a loving atmosphere," he said.

Mukherjee was accompanied during his visit to the ashram and the school by Union minister V Narayanasamy, Puducherry CM N Rangasamy and MP P Kannan. Later in the evening, he was entertained with a short cultural programme organised by local impresario Lalit Verma of Aurodhan Art Gallery at the Raj Bhavan. The programme featured some of the more promising young local talent of the city including an Odissi performance by a young dancer Aneesh Raghavan, a student of SAICE and his guru eminent dancer Sangeeta Dash; a Bharatnatyam recital by the sister duo Selvi A Carpagavinny and A Ashokavadhani and baul songs by celebrated singer Lakhan Das Baul.

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President Pranab Mukherjee awarding degree to a student at the 23rd convocation of

Pondicherry Central University on Wednesday. 

Puducherry: President Pranab Muk­herjee on Wednesday expressed concern over lack of quality education in India and said  Indian universities did not figure among the top-ranked universities in the world.
Addressing students on the 23rd convocation of the Pondicherry Cen­tral University, Muk­herjee said the country’s ancient education system had dominated the world for about 1,800 years ago from the 6th century B.C. during which ancient Indian varsities like Taksh­ashila, Nalanda, Vikra­m­ashila, Valabhi, Soma­pura and Odantapuri were the seats of world class education centres.
“There is a dearth of quality academic institutions to prepare our next generation. The central importance of higher education in a country’s development is well recognised. If we are to grow as a nation, the education system has to figure prominently in the template of progress. Right to Education has become a reality. We have to now stress on Right Educ­ation,” he added.
Mukherjee said teaching and research were the two eyes of a university. While high standards in teaching have to be achieved, high quality research that will push knowledge frontiers and evolve technologies for development have to be promoted.
Local technological needs have to be addressed by our universities, he said, by creating research and development centres for such technologies in the campuses. “India is an aspiring nation. We can reach the zenith but it requires everyone’s sacrifices. You are all capable and intelligent minds. It is your duty to take our country forward. Do all that is necessary to realise our country’s goal.”
Lt Governor and varsity’s chief rector  Viren­dra Kataria, chief ninister Rangasamy, Uni­on minister of state in PMO V. Narayansamy and Rajya Sabha MP P. Kan­nan also participated.
Pranab Mukherjee lauds Aurobindo centre
President Pranab Mukherjee stressed the need for a world safe from violence and also a world where one can pursue one’s legitimate dreams. Addressing students of Sri Aurobindo Internat­ional Centre of Education here, he highlighted the importance of Puducherry as a city which hosts an ever-growing number of visitors who come in quest of both peace and knowledge from the spiritual ambience of the place.
Mukherjee said this was the place where Sri Aurobindo had visualised the future of man. He lauded the international character of the centre and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. This liberality of approach and vision unique to Aurobindo and his ashram stands as a symbol of hope for conflict ridden world and must be protected, he said.
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pianomonika said...

What a great honor, the President of India visited the Ashram in Pondicherry.
His words: At present Pondicherry is a wonderful example of cultural assimilation.
He emphasized the importance to safeguard the special ambiente, and to keep the inner tranquility of this place.
The Ashram stands as a symbol of hope for the conflict -ridden world
It is a ''must'' to preserve and protect it.
The President congratulated also the teacher, who bring a set of languages , comrising English,French and Sanskrit, apart from their mother tongues to the kids in a small age.
And all this is done without tears in a loving atmosphere.
A cultural program concluded the evening.

Anonymous said...

Being a true devotee of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo, I'm very much touched with this news..It's truly the grace acting upon mankind to change the world into a better place and help us all in transformation.

pianomonika said...

The President's speech :
A great one, he spoke about the glorious past of the Ashram in Pondicherry ,but also emphasized the importance for the present:
''Pondicherry is a city, a home to people from almost every state of India and many foreign countries.''
''Sri Aurobindo stands as an example of national and international harmony.
So it is only logical,that people come not only as tourists,but in quest of peace and knowledge from the spiritual ambience of this place.
The President went on his speech to Sri Aurobindo:HE visualised the future of man.In the first phase of his life, he was devoted to the liberation of the Motherhood from the British.
The second phase of his life was devoted to the liberation of humanity from its enslavement to ignorance.
The great Master said: An aimless life is always a troubled life.
Our goal must be, that the aim should be high and wide and generous; this will made our life precious to us and to others.

pianomonika said...

A ''Thank You'' to Dr.Jitendra Sharma, that we can see the personalities in the pictures.
It was a great day for Pondicherry and the Ashram.
The President lauded the international character of the centre and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram.
The speech of the President was also a motivation for the students to give their best in future.
''He said : India is an aspiring Nation,and it is your duty, to bring the country forward.'''