fifty years ago November 15, 1969 Archives

From the Archives (November 15, 1969): Giri on Nehru varsity

The Jawaharlal Nehru University, described as “a living memorial” to Nehru and the principles he stood for, came into being to-day [November 14, New Delhi] with the President Mr. V.V. Giri formally opening it. Both the President in his inaugural speech and the Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, in her address to the university’s first convocation underlined the importance of developing the university on “unique” lines to develop centres of advanced learning imbued with Nehru’s spirit of nationalism, international approach, and his passion for science and technology. Mr. Giri said naming the university after Nehru “has indeed been fully justified as a grateful nation’s humble tribute to the memory of a great leader who was in the vanguard of the freedom movement and who also gave it a sense of direction and a stable Government firmly rooted in democratic traditions.” Mr. Nehru had an “abiding faith” in the great contribution which universities could make to national development, Mr. Giri told a large gathering of distinguished people from all walks of life who filled the vast auditorium of Vigyan Bhavan against the backdrop of a life-size portrait of Nehru in one of his most elegant and cheerful moods.

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