PM’s tribute to Malaviya on 150th birth anniversary (Lead)

December 27th, 2011 - 6:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, Dec 27 (IANS) Rich tributes were paid to Madan Mohan Malaviya on his 150th birth anniversary celebrations with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying the educationist and freedom fighter laid the foundation of an integrated education system by advocating a blend of the best of Indian learning with Western modern scientific ideas.

“Malaviyaji was one of the greatest leaders of our freedom struggle who shaped the values and ideals of modern India,” Manmohan Singh said at a gathering at Vigyan Bhavan.

“Like many leaders of that generation, he was a man of many parts and his genius as an educationist, as a social reformer, as a writer and as a legislator has left a deep imprint on our polity and society,” he added.

The official celebrations, inaugurated at Vigyan Bhavan, were graced by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Minister of Culture, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja, Minister of Communications & IT and Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal and Karan Singh, the chairperson of the National Implementation Committee formed to oversee the anniversary celebrations.

Gandhi released a “commemorative biography of Mahamana Malaviya” and a “commemorative book on Mahamana Malaviya”. A commemorative stamp was also released by the prime minister.

Malaviya was born Dec 25, 1861, in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.

“Malaviyaji would be remembered as the founder of the Banaras Hindu University, which is today one of the premier national universities in the country with nearly 20,000 students and 140 departments,” Manmohan Singh said.

“I am extremely happy at the initiative taken by the ministry of culture to celebrate the life and achievements of one of our great patriots that Malaviyaji was. We have established a National Implementation Committee headed by scholar-statesman Karan Singh to oversee the implementation of the various events,” he added.

“The main aim of the commemorative projects is to make Malaviyaji’s ideals and achievements more accessible to a wider audience,” the prime minister said.

He said he was happy that special efforts are being made to translate the biography and literary works of Malaviya in different Indian languages.

“A series of countrywide seminars, lectures and exhibitions will be organised for spreading his message to the people at large. A Centre for Malaviya Studies will be set up at the Banaras Hindu University, where a digital collection of Malaviyaji’s writings will be compiled for the first time,” he said.

Manmohan Singh said the government has planned to establish chairs, scholarships and education related awards in his memory.

Malaviya “worked tirelessly to build the Indian National Congress, of which he was elected president four times. He served for 14 years in the Imperial Legislative Council and later in the Central Legislative Assembly”, the prime minister said.

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