SAI Intl School's 10th Foundation Day: VP Venkaiah Naidu Stresses On Use Of Mother Tongue, Says 'Sharing & Caring' Core Of India

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01 April 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das

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Bhubaneswar: Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu joined as the Chief Guest in the Decadal Celebrations of SAI International School on Monday morning. He delivered a lecture wherein the great orator enlightened the students, parents, teachers and stall of the school with his words of wisdom.

Greeting everyone on Utkala Dibasa, he said, "Schools developing comprehensive personality should be promoted and propagated for better future citizens of the country. Schools are not just temples of learning, they are important foundations for destiny of nation."

Emphasizing on teaching of history, culture and heritage, he said, "Unfortunately due to the British rule, the history of the nation has been dominated by them. The Centre, State and teachers should struggle to change this and make sure that India is not seen from the eyes of British. Generation who cannot remember their past cannot move forward. Education without character is sin."

He also emphasized on social, moral, ethical and spiritual values in education and gave examples of universities like Takshashila, Nalanda and Pushpagiri. He also said that sharing and caring is core of Indian Philosophy but moral and ethics are slowly degenerating.

Impressed by the atmosphere and the conduct of students, Naidu also said, "Happiness is of utmost importance that cannot be bought with money. A wealthy nation cannot become healthy nation."

Talking about technological advancements, he said, "Today with online courses and smart phones, information is everywhere. Not only students, but teachers should also take advantage of that. However, always remember that Google cannot replace Guru. After all, a Guru only makes repairs when Google breaks down."

He also shared that the French and Chinese Presidents, during their visit to India, did not speak in English. Instead, they spoke in their mother tongue. "If they are doing this, then we should too. We should speak in our mother tongue and be proud of it. This is our motherland and unity is only in diversity." He also stressed that students should not call their parents 'Mummy Daddy' and should call them 'Maa Bapa' instead.

He also said that students should join NSS, NCC and scouts-guides for skills on volunteerism and life lessons. Later, Ganeshi Lal, Governor of Odisha, also inspired the assemblage with his meaningful words.

On the occasion Chairman, SAI International, Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo while welcoming Naidu said that his visit shall be forever etched in golden letters in the history of this Institution.

The dignitaries also presented awards to four exceptional achievers of the academic session 2018-19. While Sameer Patro received the Stellar Achiever Award, the Prodigious Award was presented to Sibasis Nayak, the Global SAloneer Award was presented to Pranav Manie and the Global Entrepreneur Award to Shivangi Sharma. Principal Harish Sanduja presented the vote of thanks for the event.

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Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President, India