Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: The Regional Institute of Education (RIE), Mysore, established by the National Council of Education, Research and Training (NCERT), celebrated the National Education Day on Tuesday, to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, by organising a special lecture.

Syed Azam, retired professor of Medieval History, University of Mysore, who delivered the lecture, highlighted the contribution of Azad towards the freedom movement, Indian classical music and the education system, according to a press release issued by the RIE.

He said that Azad was a secularist and responsible for introducing compulsory education in the country for empowering the people. “He was also responsible for universal adult franchise,” Prof. Azam added.

Prof. Azam called upon students to become useful citizens of the country.

“Education is the key for progress and this was visualised by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad,” he said.

G.T. Bhandage, principal of the RIE and B.S. Raghavendra, Dean of Instruction were among those present.