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Modi invokes Tagore’s world view, asks Visva Bharati to help farmers, artisans access global market – Times of India

SANTINIKETAN: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday praised the world view of poet- thinker Rabindranath Tagore and requested Visva-Bharati college students to help farmers and artisans of close by villages discover global markets.

He mentioned Guru Rabindranath Tagore had not envisioned the college as a typical academic establishment however one that can help Indian tradition realise its full potential globally.

Addressing on-line the convocation of Visva Bharati college that was launched by Nobel laureate Tagore in 1921 and designated the primary central college in 1951, Modi mentioned information was not a “still and static but a dynamic concept”.

He requested the establishment’s college students to put together a 25- level imaginative and prescient doc for the subsequent 25 years that can lead all training institutions within the nation to emulate it and improve India’s picture globally.

“A starting point could be that the students under mentorship of teachers of this inspirational institution begin helping farmers, artisans living in villages nearby to find global markets for their products. That will be a step towards building an ‘Atmanirbhar’ (self-reliant) Bharat,” he mentioned.

He mentioned West Bengal can turn into an instance of how unity can increase nationwide development and progress.

“Bengal is an inspiration for Ek Bharat-Shreshth Bharat campaign. Visva Bharati will play a big role in the 21st-century knowledge economy, taking Indian knowledge and identity to every corner of the world. Students should prepare a vision document for the next 25 years about the 25 biggest goals of Visva Bharati in 2047,” he mentioned.

He advised the gathering that with information comes duty and the information attained by the scholars was not theirs alone however a legacy for future generations.

“Your knowledge is not only yours but society’s… it is the heritage of the country. Your knowledge and skill can make a nation proud or push society into the darkness of slander and ruin,” he mentioned.

Modi mentioned some extremely educated and expert folks have been spreading terror and violence within the world, whereas others have been toiling day and night time to free folks from a global epidemic like COVID-19.

“It is not about ideology but the mindset, whether it is positive or negative,” he mentioned.

Modi mentioned it was for the scholars to determine whether or not they wished to be half of the issue or answer, and requested them not to be afraid of taking dangers.

“If your intentions are clear and your loyalty is to ‘Ma Bharati’ (Mother India) each resolution of yours will take you in the direction of discovering an answer. It’s for you to determine whether or not you need to be a component of the issue or answer.

“You may not get the results you thought you will after you had taken a decision, but you should not be afraid of making a decision,” he mentioned.

The prime minister mentioned the brand new National Education Policy (NEP) was a significant step in the direction of constructing a self-reliant India because it gave impetus to analysis and innovation.

He mentioned the NEP broke the outdated restrictions and allowed college students to realise their potential, promoted entrepreneurship and self-employment, analysis and innovation.

“This new national education policy is a major milestone in the making of an Aatmnirbhar Bharat,” he mentioned.

In his speech peppered with references to Tagore, a local of Bengal however idolised by all Indians, Modi mentioned, “Gurudev believed that we have to discover ourselves among the varied Ideologies and differences.”

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