Pune varsity celebrates its 70th Foundation Day

ST CORRESPONDENT
Monday, 11 February 2019

Speaking as the Chief Guest, Rajwanshi said, “I studied in the best colleges and universities in the country and abroad and had a great job in the US, but I left it all to come to Phaltan to change India."

PUNE: Enthusiasm among youth and inculcation of ethics in work only will help in nation building, said Dr Anil Rajwanshi, Director, Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), Phaltan.

He was speaking at the 70th Foundation Day of the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) on Sunday.

Veteran humourist and writer DM Mirasdar, renowned scientist Dr Vijay Bhatkar, tribal activist Thamatai Pawar, and veteran in the field of education Gokuldas Shaha were felicitated with Jeevansadhana Gaurav Puraskar (Lifetime Achievement Award) on the occasion. The fifth recipient of the award, spiritual head of Brahma Kumaris, was not present.

Speaking as the Chief Guest, Rajwanshi said, “I studied in the best colleges and universities in the country and abroad and had a great job in the US, but I left it all to come to Phaltan to change India. My enthusiasm and self-confidence were responsible for this. While I could not change the country, it did bring about a huge change in me.”

Talking about work ethics, he said, “When I resigned from my job in the US, I could have easily left after serving my 15-days notice period. Instead, I waited until I could find another suitable candidate for the post. These small things also give you satisfaction. If the Indian youth take care of these, they will create a great nation.”

One of the awardees, Mirasdar, said, “There are two paths that a person can take to deal with the pain and sorrows that are an inevitable part of life. One is spiritual and the other is humour. Humour does not drive away the pain, but helps us forget it.”

Hailing the Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram, Pawar said that it’s because of these ashrams that an illiterate woman like her could become an activist. 

“If the educated people from the cities come to the tribal areas, they can help us develop,” she added.

Meritorious professors at SPPU and affiliated colleges, and students were also felicitated on the occasion. The Department of Defence and Strategic Studies was felicitated as the best educational department at SPPU. 

The Marathwada Mitramandal College of Engineering, Karvenagar, and Dr DY Patil Institute of Management and Research, Pimpri, were amongst the four colleges that were awarded as the best colleges.

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