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154th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda celebrated with fervour, zeal

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 12: The 154th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda (National Youth Day) was celebrated with fervour and zeal, here today.
154th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and the 47th Annual Day of Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission Charitable Hospital (SVMMCH), Ambphalla was celebrated, here today. On the occasion, Governor NN Vohra was the chief guest. Paying tribute to the great thinker, Swami Vivekananda, Governor observed that the establishment of this Hospital is a befitting tribute to the philosophy of practical Vedanta which was advocated by Swami ji. Referring to the Hospital’s Annual Report, presented by Atma Swaroop Gupta, General Secretary of the Hospital, Governor observed that charitable institutions have an important role to play in contributing to sharing the work of the over burdened Governmental healthcare services. Governor assured support to the Hospital and promised to help them in meeting some of their needs. Earlier the Governor inspected the Hospital and inaugurated the Hospital’s New Block. Governor announced cash prizes of Rs 1100, Rs 750 and Rs 500 for the young girl students who have won the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes, respectively, in the declamation contest held on the Swami Vivekananda’s life. He congratulated Aditi Mahajan for her excellent oration and presented mementoes to all the three winners. Prof Chaman Lal Gupta, former Union Minister and President of SVMMCH, briefed the gathering about the functioning of the Hospital and its future plans. Among others present were Chander Parkash, Minister for Industries and Commerce, Sat Sharma, MLA Jammu West, Pawan Gupta MLA, Udhampur and various other dignitaries from different walks of life.
Member Parliament (MP) Rajya Sabha Shamsher Singh Manhas flagged-off awareness rally of the ‘Pradhan Mantri Yojana Jagrukta Abihyan’ at Ramkote on the occasion of Vivekananda Jayanti organized by Lakhri Yuva Sangthan Society and Development Centre led by its President Narayan Dutt Tripathi. The youth of Akal Vidhyalaya and common masses took part in the awareness rally, which started form Ramkote and concluded at village Gurra Kalyal. While addressing, MP Rajya Sabha Shamsher singh Manhas said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched more than 73 schemes for the welfare of common masses. He also announced Rs 15 lakh for the development of local areas of Billawar.
To marks the 154th birth anniversary of Swami Viveka-nanda, a special lecture on “Relevance of Swami Vivekananda’s Views on Ethics and Good Governance in the Contemporary World” was organized by Swami Vivekananda Chair, Central University of Jammu here today at its Temporary Academic Block (TAB), Sainik Colony. The programme was inaugurated by chief guest Prof Vishwa Murthi Shastri, former Principal Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, while Prof Chaman Lal Saproo, former Principal Government Degree College Baramulla and founder secretary Ramakrishan Mission Srinagar and Prof Deepsheekha Kotwal, HoD Department of English were the guest of honour. Prof Ashok Aima, Vice Chancellor of Central University of Jammu presided over the function. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Vishwa Murti Shastris, Prof Chaman Lal Saproo asked the students to read literature of Swami Vivekananda and follow his preaching. Prof Deepsheekha Kotwal, Prof Ashok Aima, VC Central University of Jammu and Prof M Zaffar, Director Centre for Comparative Religion and Civilization, Central University of Jammu also expressed their views. Earlier, Prof SK Sharma, Professor Swami Vivekananda Chair of Central University of Jammu presented the welcome address, whereas in the end, vote of thanks was given by Dr Jay Bhasin, Head Department of HRM.
NSS Unit, Cultural Committee and Dean Students Welfare celebrated birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda in PG Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar. Dr Kiran Bakshi, Principal of the College was the chief guest. Dr Kiran Bakshi along with Dr Satinder Singh, Principal, Government College for Women, Kathua and Dr Kamal Kapoor, Head, PG Department of Chemistry, University of Jammu paid rich tributes to Swami Vivekananda.
Red Ribbon Club and NSS Unit of Government Degree College Ramnagar celebrated National Youth Day under the supervision of Prof Kewal Kumar, PO, NSS and Dr Pankaj Sharma, Nodal Officer Red Ribbon Club. Principal Prof Tara Nath was the chief guest on the occasion. In the end, vote of thanks was given by Prof Brinder Singh Chib.
Government Degree College Udhampur celebrated National Youth Day. Large number of students participated in the celebration. On this occasion the Principal of the College Prof SS Bhalwal addressed the students and advised them to follow the teachings of Swami Vivekananda. The students namely Pardeep Kumar, Mukesh Singh, Vikas Kumar and Nitin also expressed their views about the life history of Swamiji. The celebration was organized under the supervision of Dr Udhey Bhanu and Prof. Suresh Kumar Dogra, NSS Programme Officers.
NSS Unit of Government PG College Rajouri celebrated the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda on the theme “Drugs and Youth”. The programme was presided over by the Principal Prof Shabir Hussain Shah. The welcome address was presented by NSS Programme Officer Prof Raheela Mushtaq. On the occasion, NSS volunteers shared their views on the given theme. The proceedings were carried out by the NSS Commander Shadab Mir. A short film on drug addiction was also shown to the volunteers to aware them about drug menace. The programme was also attended by Prof MR Sharma, HoD Zoology, Prof Anwar Shah, Prof Shafiya Saleem, Prof Asia Bhat, Prof Shahid Mir and Dr Tahir Hussain Shah. The vote of thanks was given by Saima, Commander.
On the occasion of National Youth Day, a program was organized by NCC unit of GDC Kishtwar. Principal GDC Kishtwar was the chief guest, who while speaking threw light on the life and works of Swami Vivekananda. Prof Satish Thakur ANO GDC Kishtwar impressed upon the cadets to imbibe the philosophy and ideals of Swami Vivekananda. Prof Pawan Sharma, Prof Ashaq Hussain and Prof Yaseen Sirwal also expressed their views. NCC cadets of GDC Kishtwar also interacted with shopkeepers, vendors, street hawkers and common masses and imparted basic training of e-banking and e-payments to them.
National Youth Day was celebrated in Rajiv Gandhi Group of Colleges. On the occasion, an inter-college seminar was organized on the topic “Relevance of educational philosophy of Swami Vivekananda”. More than fifteen students participated in the seminar and highlighted the contribution made by Swami ji in the field of education. Principal of Rajiv Gandhi Degree College spoke about the “Vedanta”, philosophy of Swami ji. Pankaj Dogra, Dr GP Sachdev, Principal Rajiv Gandhi Memorial College of Education, and faculty members were among those present on the occasion.
National Secular Forum (NSF), Jammu University Unit organized a programme on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Amid slogans, tributes were paid to Swami Vivekananda. Dr Vikas Sharma State President NSF was the chief guest. Sukhdev Singh, Amit Salgotra, Reshikesh Rana President University Unit also expressed their views.
The birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda was celebrated with enthusiasm by social organizations in Reasi. A procession was also taken out by ABVP Reasi Unit. During the procession, the students and activists were holding the placards with thoughts of Swami Vivekananda written over them.
The birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda was also celebrated in Doda by RSS. On the occasion, Parmod Thakur, Physical Education Teacher, Akshay Kumar, Pracharak, Doda-Bhaderwah, Vikram Partap, Angrez, Janak and many other RSS leaders and workers expressed their views.

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