The Internal Quality Assurance Cell, National Service Scheme Unit, in association with the JSS RUDSETI, Mariyala, with sponsorship from the Khadi and Village Industries Commission, Bengaluru, had organised a one-day seminar at the JSS College for Women, Chamarajanagara, on March 13, 2020. The topic of the seminar was “Gandhi and Swachh Bharat.”
Prof. B. Chandrashekar, Co-ordinator, NSS, University of Mysuru, inaugurated the seminar and delivered the keynote address. In his address, he praised Gandhiji and his works. He said, “Mahatma Gandhiji had thought about Swachh Bharat a hundred years ago, and had undertaken a cleanliness movement. He did not just think of physical cleanliness, but he also gave stress to mental cleanliness by filling our minds with good thoughts. Through such events, the ideas and principles of Gandhiji can be disseminated into the minds of the young generation.”
Sri. A. G. Shivakumar, Principal, JSS College for Women, C’Nagara presided over the event and addressed the students. “Gandhi is an inspiration to the whole world, he is a wonder. Gandhiji was not only a freedom fighter, but he was a social reformer, an economic thinker, an exponent of Grama Swarajya, a person who fought against untouchability and he was humorous too. He was a multi-faceted personality,” he said.
Earlier, the function commenced with an invocation by Kum. Kanchana, III BA student. The seminar was held in three sessions. The first session was conducted by Dr. S. Tukaram, Head, Social Justice and Equity Centre, Administrative Training Institute, Mysuru, on the topic “Gandhiji and Value-Based Education”. He spoke about Gandhi’s views on education. He said Gandhi believed that education is the only tool to eradicate slavery, inequality, casteism, gender discrimination, and superstitious.
The second session was conducted by Dr. N. Mahadevaswamy, Principal, JSS College, Gundlupet, on the topic “Gandhiji and Freedom Fight”. He explained the involvement of Mahatma Gandhiji in the freedom movement and his fight against the British by upholding his path of ahimsa or non-violence.
The third session was conducted by Dr. K. S. Rajasekhara, visiting Professor, PG Dept. of Economics, JSS College for Women, Mysuru. He described Gandhi’s views on making India an economically developed country. The final and 4th session of the seminar was undertaken by Sri Venkatanayaka, Community Affairs Officer, City Corporation, Chamarajanagara, on the topic “Gandhi and Cleanliness”.
The event was also attended by Sri B. M. Chandrashekar, JSS Rudseti, Mariyala, who also addressed the students. A drawing and essay writing competition was organized on the topic “Gandhi and Cleanliness,” as part of the event. Prizes were distributed to the winners on the occasion.