Vice President urges compulsory student community work

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that community service should be made compulsory for the students.

Kottayam: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said community service should be made compulsory for students studying in government and private schools as it would help them develop a caring attitude and sharing in interactions with others.

“Today, there is a dire need to inculcate the spirit of service from an early age in the youth of this country. Once this pandemic is behind us and normalcy returns, I suggest that the government schools as well as private Schools in the area must do the same. Make at least two to three weeks of community service mandatory for students.”

He was speaking as the chief guest at a function to mark the 150th death anniversary of Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara, a spiritual leader and social reformer of the Catholic community in Kerala, at Mannanam near here.

The Vice President said that inculcating a sense of service among the youth at the school level would help them develop an attitude of sharing and caring in their interactions with others.

“Indeed, the philosophy of share-and-care is at the core of India’s age-old culture and should be widely publicized. For us, the whole world is one family in our timeless ideal, ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’. In the same spirit Let us move forward together.”

Highlighting the contributions of visionary spiritual leaders like the great social reformer Sree Narayana Guru and Sant Chavra in various fields, the Vice President also urged other states to take inspiration from Kerala in the field of education, social justice and women’s empowerment.

“I would like to take this opportunity to urge other states to draw inspiration from Kerala in the field of education, social justice and women empowerment, as outlined in the pioneering initiatives of Sant Chavara and Narayana Guru. Their pioneering work proves that every The state can be transformed into an engine of growth and progress and this can be achieved through social and educational empowerment of women and youth from the poorer sections of the society,” Vice President Naidu said.

He said that as enunciated in the philosophy of Antyodaya expressed by the visionary thinker, activist and reformer Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, the benefits of development should reach the last person of the most backward and poor section of our socio-economic system.

Vice President Naidu said that though the identity and vision of Sant Chavara was built on the ideals of his Catholic faith, his work of social and educational services was not limited to the progress and development of that community alone.

“Sant Chavara combined the spirit of the Renaissance with the mission of charity and the noble Christian concept of universal brotherhood,” said the Vice President and expressed happiness over the participation of these congregations established by him in the educational and health sectors in the country.

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