Watch : Shri Modi addressing young thinkers at Gayatri Parivar's Youth Uplift Conference (Part: 1)

Chief Minister Narendra Modi today called upon youth to wake up the inner energy, to be committed to life, to be ready for sacrifices and be sentinels of change to build a strong and competent India.

Addressing a Youth Uplift Conference organized by Akhil-Vishwa Gayatri Parivar's Divine India Youth Association (DIYA) attended by nearly 8,000 young thinkers at Indoor Stadium at Surat, he said, 'We are not as fortunate as freedom fighters to die for the nation, but we should live to do something for the nation'.

Mr. Modi asked the youth to defeat the western of concept of distorted consumerism with spirituality. India believed on trusteeship, and not materialism or Nature's exploitation. The spectre of pollution looms large on the mankind. It is our duty to maintain ecological balance.

He pointed out that Indian culture worshipped rivers and trees but we started polluting rivers and felled trees only after coming under the influence of western materialism. He said the youth should rise to the call of preserving nature in the same spirit as jawans do to protect the sovereignty of the nation.

Watch : Shri Modi addressing young thinkers at Gayatri Parivar's Youth Uplift Conference (Part: 2)

He said that Gayatri Parivar founder Ram Sharma's centenary falls on 2011 as also 150th anniversary of Vivekanand the same year. India has a rich heritage of Jnana, needed in this Age of Knowledge. It is time for Indian youth to take world leadership in spreading spirituality, notwithstanding likely depression in the materialistic world.

Talking about the contributions of Swami Vivekanand, Maharshi Aurobindo and Sardar Patel, DIYA President Pranav Pandya said that Gujarat today tops in the march to development because there lives a Narendra Modi in every Gujarati.

Prominent among those present on the occasion were Forest and Environment Minister Mangubhai Patel, Members of Parliament C.R. Patil and Pravin Naik, Mayor Ranjit Gilitwala, Municipal Commissioner Ms S Aparna, Collector A.J. Shah, Padmashri Anil Joshi and Legislator Kishor Vankawala.

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PM addresses the Association of Indian Universities’ 95th Annual Meet and National Seminar of Vice-Chancellors
April 14, 2021
Baba Saheb Ambedkar had a universal vision: PM Modi
Baba Saheb Ambedkar gave a strong foundation to independent India so the nation could move forward while strengthening its democratic heritage: PM
We have to give opportunities to the youth according to their potential. Our efforts towards this is the only tribute to Baba Saheb Ambedkar: PM

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the Association of Indian Universities’ 95th Annual Meet and National Seminar of Vice-Chancellors today through video conferencing. He also launched four books related to Babasaheb Dr BR Ambedkar, authored by Shri Kishor Makwana. Governor, Chief Minister and education Minister of Gujarat and Union Education Minister were among those present on the occasion. The event was hosted by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Ahmedabad.

The Prime Minister paid tribute to Bharat Ratna, Babasaheb Dr Ambedkar on behalf of the grateful nation and said that his Jayanti during the period when the country is celebrating Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav, gives us new energy.

Shri Modi stressed that India has been the mother of democracy in the world and democracy has been an integral part of our civilization and our way of life. Babasaheb laid a strong foundation to move forward while strengthening India’s democratic heritage, said the Prime Minister.

Talking about the philosophy of Babasaheb, the Prime Minister said that Dr Ambedkar considered knowledge, self-respect and politeness as his three revered deities. Self-respect comes with knowledge and makes a person aware of his or her rights. Through equal rights, emerge social harmony and country progresses. Our education system and universities have this responsibility to carry the country forward on the path shown by Babasaheb, Shri Modi added

On National Education Policy, the Prime Minister said that every student has certain capabilities. These capabilities pose three questions before the student and the teacher. First- what they can to do? Second, what is their potential if they are properly taught?And,third, what they want to do? The answer to the first question is the inner strength of the students. However, if institutional strength is added to that inner strength, their development will get expanded and they will be able to do what they want to do.Quoting Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, The Prime Minister said that the NEP is aimed at fulfilling Dr Radhakrishnan’s vision of education that frees and empowers the student to participate in national development. Education management should be undertaken keeping whole world as a unit but also, focussing on Indian character of education

Talking about the growing demand for skills in the emerging Aatmnirbhar Bharat, The Prime Minister said that India is being looked upon as future centre of Artificial Intelligence,Internet of Things,big data, 3D printing, Virtual Realityandrobotics, mobile technology, geo-informatics, smart healthcareanddefence sector. To meet the requirement of skills, Indian Institutes of skills are being set up in three big metropolitans of the country. In Mumbai, first batch of Indian Institute of Skills has already started. In 2018, Future Skills Initiative was launched with NASSCOM, informed the Prime Minister. He said that we want that all universities should be multi-disciplinary as we want to give students flexibility. He called upon the Vice Chancellors to work for this goal. .

Shri Modi elaborated on Babasaheb’s conviction for equal rights and equal opportunity for all. The Prime Minister emphasized that schemes like Jandhan accounts are leading to financial inclusion of every person and through DBT money is reaching directly to their accounts. The Prime Minister reiterated country’s commitment to take the message of Babasaheb to each and every person. Developing the key places related to the life of Babasaheb as PanchTeerth is a step in that direction. He also said that measures like Jal Jeevan Mission, free housing, free electricity, support during pandemic and initiatives for women empowerment are taking forward the dreams of Babasaheb.

The Prime Minister released the following four books based on Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar's life, written by Shri Kishor Makwana:

Dr. Ambedkar Jivan Darshan,
Dr. Ambedkar Vyakti Darshan,
Dr Ambedkar Rashtra Darshan, and
Dr. Ambedkar Aayam Darshan

The Prime Minister said that that these books are not less than modern classics and convey the universal vision of Babasaheb. He hoped that such books will be widely read by students in colleges and universities.