“Aim of all Education and Training should be Man making”, this was the important message of Swami Vivekananda on the role of education and Training, said Dr. Saraswat. He was addressing the students and faculty members of the ICFAI University, Hyderabad. Dr. Saraswat, presently the Member of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, the former Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, Director General DRDO and Secretary of Department of Defence R&D, was delivering a lecture on the occasion of 154th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda at the ICFAI Foundation for Higher Eduvcation (IFHE) campus in Hyderabad on January 18th 2017.
Speaking to a packed audience of students, faculty and staff, Dr. Saraswat said that the teachings of Swami Vivekananda which are more than a century old, hold relevance even in the present scenario. His idea of educating the masses for the development of the country, and building strength of youth is reflected in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s emphasis on the demographic dividend, and skilling the youth to contribute to the economic development, Dr. Saraswat said.
He said that to address the main concerns of the world today – peace and harmony, insights into spirituality as propounded by Swami Vivekananda will be highly useful, and can bring about qualitative change to bridge the gap between east and the west. This called for people to be scientific, spiritual, selfless, fearless, with a pure heart, clear brain, and unselfish motivation.
Addressing the students, Dr. Saraswat said that education should help a person stand on his / her own feet, build self-confidence, and self-respect. Quoting Swami Vivekananda, he said, “The ideal of all education and training should be ‘man’ making”. Man, standing for morality, ability and nobility. Education should develop a spirit of service, to help the poor and the needy raise themselves. The education should also help in building the spirit of social service.”
Urging the students to follow the teachings of Swami Vivekananda, he also told them that education should help them build a strong character, which can be developed by working towards common good and by giving up jealousy, suspicion and conceit. He told them to lead a purposeful life by deciding what they want to do, and working constantly towards that.
Speaking to the teachers of the University, Dr. Saraswat said that following the message of Swami Vivekananda, they need to develop a personality that would impress the students and dedication to render selfless service. He told them to understand the needs of the students, and be their friend, philosopher and guide.
Presiding over the event, in his address, Dr. J. Mahender Reddy, Vice Chancellor, IFHE, spoke about the role of teachers in building a great learning institution.
More About ICFAI University (IFHE): The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education is declared as a Deemed to be University under section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956. The University is accredited by NAAC with ‘A’ Grade with a score of 3.43 out of 4. Four thousand two hundred students are pursuing various programs in the Faculty of Management ICFAI Business School, Faculty of Science & Technology ICFAI Tech School and Faculty of Law ICFAI Law School at IFHE. The University campus based at Hyderabad, is a 92 acres’ lush green campus with built-up area of over 16 lakh sq. ft. The campus is fully residential, Wi-Fi enabled and equipped with state-of-the- art facilities.Last Updated - 19 Jan 2017