Prime Minister addresses the: The Prime Minister addressed the Convocation Ceremony of Visva-Bharati University, through a video conference. Many dignitaries were also present on the occasion such as Governor of West Bengal and Rector of Visva-Bharati, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar, Union Education Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Union MoS for Education Shri Sanjay Dhotre.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the convocation quoted the poem of Gurudev Ravindra Nath Tagore on Veer Shivaji which inspired him and called for the unity of India. PM stressed that the students and the faculty were not just a part of a university, but also bearers of a vibrant tradition.
He said Gurudev named the University as Visva Bharati meaning Global University since he expected that anyone who comes to learn in Visva Bharati will see the whole world from the point of view of India and Indianness. So he made Visva Bharati such a place to learn, which can be seen in the rich heritage of India.
He gave a call for researching about the Indian heritage and working towards solving the problems of the poorest of the poor. He said Visva Bharati for Gurudev Tagore was not just a knowledge imparting institution but an attempt to reach the topmost goal of Indian culture, which is to achieve oneself.
PM said that Tagore used to be proud of Bengal but at the same time, he was equally proud of India’s diversity and it was due to Gurudev’s vision that humanity thrives under the open sky of Santiniketan. He praised Visva Bharati as an unending sea of knowledge in itself, the foundation of which was laid for experience-based education.
He said there is no limit to creativity and knowledge. It was with this thought that Gurudev founded this great university. PM urged the students to always remember that knowledge, thought and skill is not static but a dynamic and continuous process.