DEHRADUN, Dec 5
Vice President M.Venkaiah Naidu said on Tuesday that one should always remember and respect mother, motherland and mother tongue. He said mother tongue was like our eyes while a foreign language was like spectacles. While there is no harm in learning other languages, one should always respect one’s mother tongue which can help us express ourselves in a way in which other languages cannot. He said primary education should be given to children in their mother tongue.
The Vice President was speaking as the chief guest at the second convocation of the Swami Rama Himalayan University. Congratulating those who received degrees and medals, he said that there was no alternative to hard work and discipline. He said we should be proud of our traditions and culture which had at its heart the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.
He said that the aim of education was not just to help us find employment. Education enlightens our minds and makes us aware of our culture and values. He said the medical profession was indeed noble. He said that for building a new India, skill India, Beti bachao-Beti Padhao, Swachh Bharat ,Make in India, Digital India and other such missions had been started by the government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given the mantra of Reform, Perform and Transform.
Governor Dr K.K. Paul said that we are living in an era of knowledge and universities must become centres of knowledge creation. For this, original research must be encouraged. Our youth must become aware, skilled and progressive while being creative and confident. He said youth must contribute to nation building.
Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that along with good education, we should have positive thoughts, creativity and confidence. He said Swami Rama had been born in a small village and on the basis of his talent and ability had set up such a great institution which was serving the state. He said people came here for treatment and students from various parts of the country came here to study. He called upon young doctors to adopt a human approach to their profession and show warmth towards patients.
Higher education minister Dr. Dhan Singh Rawat and several other dignitaries were present on the occasion.