The three universities in Chittoor district paid rich homage to Mahatma Gandhi by taking oath to perpetuate his philosophy.

Sri Venkateswara University’s Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) conducted a seminar on ‘Gandhian principles – Public relations’ in association with the Tirupati chapter of Public Relations Society of India (PRSI). Vice-Chancellor W. Rajendra made critical observations on the way the intelligentsia was giving a go-by to non-violent means, deliberately or otherwise. “While appearing for examinations, even teachers demand their ‘right’ to mass copy and prepare for boycotting. Students agitate for no reason. Is this not enjoying right while shirking responsibility?” he asked.

K.Sudhakar Reddy, Director (Academic) of Galaxy Institute of Management, Chennai, called Gandhiji as the ‘Father of Indian PR’, given the inspiration aroused by him through public communication in the form of thought-provoking addresses. PRSI national member C.Ramakanta Sarma, President C.Swarajyalakshmi, Secretary N.B.Harshavardhan Reddy and SVU DDE Director B.Govinda Reddy spoke.

At Sri Padmavathi Women’s University (SPMVV), the NSS volunteers took a pledge to practice non-violence throughout their life. At the workshop on ‘Non-violence – Gandhian approach’, Dr.Sudhakar Reddy of Galaxy Institute, Chennai, explained that ‘Ahimsa’ had its roots in ancient Indian wisdom and Gandhiji proved it fit for practical application. While Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela followed the principle, his successors in India had long forgotten it. He dubbed ragging as a form of violence and urged students to stay away from it. NSS coordinator G.Anuradha welcomed, while program officer D.M.Mamatha proposed a vote of thanks.

At Dravidian University, Kuppam, the NSS wing organised International Non-Violence Day, wherein the Vice-Chancellor Kankanala Rathaiah and Registrar P.Adinarayana Reddy garlanded the statue of Gandhiji at ‘Bhasha Bhavan’. Later, a peace march was taken from the campus to Yamaganipalle, where a human chain was formed.

Prof. Rathaiah said the dhoti-clad Gandhiji stood for India’s simplicity, humility and austerity, in sharp contrast to the western world’s avoidable extravagance. He announced the plans on the anvil to launch a ‘Gandhian study centre’.

NSS coordinator P.C. Venkata Subbiah presided, while program officers M.C.Kesava Murthy, Durga Praveena, Ganesh Murthy, Mercy Jyoti and Sripriya took part.

A.D. RANGARAJAN,

in Tirupati