The Higher Education Department is keen on naming one road in each university campus after Swami Vivekananda.

It would begin with Bangalore University, and the main road leading from Mysore Road to Outer Ring Road via university headquarters would be named after the philosopher saint, Higher Education Minister C.T. Ravi said. He was speaking at the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Vivekananda here on Saturday.

“Swami Vivekananda’s life and teachings are the guiding spirit for the younger generation. I have held discussions with Vice-Chancellors of universities on the naming of roads,” Mr. Ravi said.

Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar exhorted the youth to conserve and take forward the country’s rich heritage and culture.

Mr. Shettar said Vivekananda had a special relationship with Karnataka. He was in Mysore in 1893 to meet the then ruler Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar ahead of the historic Chicago visit.

The Chief Minister said the government had developed the place where Vivekanannda stayed for three weeks in Mysore. Also, Rs. 7 crore had been set apart in the budget to develop a laser-based musical fountain there, Mr. Shettar said.

Para Olympic medal winner H.N. Girisha and Kabadi player Mamata Poojari were felicitated. College students took out a procession from Freedom Park to Kanteerava Stadium.

Home Minister R. Ashok, the former Minister Ramachandre Gowda, and Bangalore University Vice-Chancellor B. Thimme Gowda were present.