Nat’l seminar on Mahatma Gandhi held

VC advises students to follow Gandhi’s teachings

RONO HILLS, Sep 28: Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) here organized a two-day national seminar from 27 September on the theme ‘Perspectives on Mahatma Gandhi’, in the run-up to the 150 birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation.
Participating in the first day of the seminar, RGU Vice Chancellor Prof Saket Kushwaha advised the students to follow the teachings of Gandhi “in every moment of their life, and practice nonviolence.”
Former law commission member, Prof Mool Chand Sharma, highlighted Gandhi’s values of non-violence and self-sacrifice, and following the direction of truth.
Eminent scholars and academicians from different parts of the country took part in two plenary sessions, three technical sessions and a panel discussion on the key theme.
Prominent speakers included Wardha (Maharashtra)-based Institute of Gandhian Studies director Bharat Mahodaya, former VC of Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University Prof Naresh Dadhich, former secretary to the law commission of India Dr Pawan Sharma, Prof Satish Chaturvedi from the University of Rajasthan, Tezpur University’s Social Work HoD Prof Chandan Panda, and representative of Guwahati (Assam)-based Kasturba Gandhi Rashtriya Smarak Trust, Borah Mokashi.
The valedictory function was attended by Prof Tamo Mibang, who spoke about the relevance of the Gandhian philosophy in the contemporary times.
The seminar’s convener, Prof SN Singh, said “Gandhi still remains a critical point of reference, representing plurality of ideas not only in India but across the globe, where he transformed the culture of war to a culture of peace and nonviolence.”
Social Sciences Dean Prof Tana Showren and History HoD Prof Sarah Hilaly dwelt on Gandhi’s life, works and vision.
The seminar was jointly organized by RGU’s social work, sociology and history departments.