The valedictory function of a special commemorative event to mark the beginning of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was organised at Raj Bhavan in the evening of 2nd October 2018.

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Raj Bhavan

Gangtok, Sikkim

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

      The valedictory function of a special commemorative event to mark the beginning of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was organised at Raj Bhavan in the evening of  2nd October 2018. Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary to Governor Dr K Jayakumar, Acting Vice Chancellor of Sikkim University Dr J P Tamang, Vice Chancellor of Sikkim State University Prof G.K Niroula, Director Higher and Technical Education, HRDD Shri D. K Pradhan, Registrar Sikkim University Shri T.K Kaul, Director School Education Smt Hondla Gyaltsen, Officers of Raj Bhavan, Professors of various Universities and Colleges in Sikkim, Principals, Teachers and Students were present on the occasion.

       It may be mentioned that   Raj Bhavan Sikkim in collaboration with Sikkim University had organised ‘Inter School/ College and University Level Elocution and Essay Competition’  on “Relevance of Gandhian Ideals in Today’s India” and “Perspective of Gandhian Philosophy in the Context of New India” in a bid to connects students and youth with the teachings of Gandhiji. The event was also a part of nationwide celebration being initiated by various ministries, Raj Bhavans in the respective states and government departments. The event had the participation of fifteen Secondary and Senior Secondary Schools, two Universities and six colleges from various parts of Sikkim.

After the formal screening of the entries to the competition spanning over two days on 28th and 29th September 2018, twenty best  entries were selected for the final event which took place at Raj Bhavan in the evening on 2nd October 2018.

Addressing the participants, juries and the audience present in  the valedictory session, Hon’ble Governor exhorted that Gandhiji, known to be the greatest apostle of truth and non violence in the world, is  relevant in the past, present and future world and India in particular.  If humankind wants sustainability in its existence, the world must follow the path as shown by Gandhiji, Hon’ble Governor said. Gandhiji’s way of simple living with high thinking, has the capacity to solve many of the complexities the country is facing today, the Governor added. “The world riddled by conflict, violence and misery require truth, non violence, mutual co existence and Satyagraha, the ideals propagated by Gandhiji,” Hon’ble Governor further said.

    Stating the Gandhiji  shall remain in  the spirit of  Indian way of life, irrespective of technological advancement that our country has achieved, Hon’ble Governor  called upon all to be a part of massive cleanliness drive “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” to fulfil the vow the nation has taken to dedicate a clean India as a real tribute to Bapu on his 150th Birth Anniversary in 2019. Additional Chief Secretary to Governor Dr. K Jayakumar and Acting Vice Chancellor of Sikkim University Dr J P Tamang also addressed the gathering.

The function ended with Hon’ble Governor handing away the prizes and certificates to the winners and participants in the respective categories.

                                                              Deputy Secretary (PR) to Governor                                       

SKM/GOV/DS(PR)/2018/ 90                                              

 3rd   October, 2018