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 National Youth Day Celebrated at USTM

Youth must contribute for the development of the nation – Swami Atmasuddhananda

January 12th Jan, 2018, USTM, Ri Bhoi : “Choose the highest ideal and live your life upto that. Look at the “ocean” and not at the wave”. – Swami Vivekananda.

When the entire country is observing 33rd National Youth Day, University of Science and Technology Meghalaya is no exception to this. Prof. Qumrul Hoque School of Education at USTM had observed National Youth Day in its own way. The Indian government had declared back in 1984 that Swamiji’s birthday would be celebrated as the National Youth Day and it was implemented in the year 1985. The main aim behind this is to make sure that the students across the country can be encouraged to learn about the life, the ideals and philosophy of Swami Vivekananda and apply them in their lives.

Swami Atmasuddhananda, secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, Guwahati was the chief guest of the occasion who delivered a talk on ‘Swami Vivekananda and Youth Power’. While welcoming the chief guest, Dr. R K Sharma, Pro VC, USTM said “ Vivekananda was not just India’s greatest religious leader, rather ever inspiring and oft quoted spiritual power and his spiritual thoughts were all deeply rooted in Indian culture and tradition, herein lies his relevance till today”.
Swami Atmasuddhananda in his talk on ‘Swami Vivekananda and Youth Power’ narrated how Vivekananda alias Narendranath had overcome all obstacles in his life to become India’s great spiritual leader of all time. Quoting a shloka from Upanishad which says sarvé bhavantu sukhinaḥ / sarvé santu nirāmayāḥ/ sarvé bhadrāṇi pashyantu / mā kashchid duḥkha-bhāg-bhav (All should/must be happy, be healthy, see good / may no one have a share in sorrow), Swami Atmasuddhananda urged all students to contribute in a slightest possible way for the growth and prosperity of the nation. He reminded all that science and technology can bring about development but that development would be incomplete if there is no religion, ie, realization in the words of Vivekananda. Vivekananda never intended to mean religion in the sense of worshipping gods or goddesses, for him “religion always implies realization or self-realization’. He also added “all advancement in science and technology must be rooted in Indian tradition or our rich cultural heritage”. Swami ji also emphasized the fact that Vivekananda was the first spiritual leader in those days who brought spirituality close to reality, day-to-day life, all spirituality must solve the real life or practical problems faced by the common man, if it fails to connect common people, religion is no longer religion at all, clearly stated in Vivekannda’s writings.
The program ended with a video presentation on Vivakananda’s thoughts and Preaching by Dr. Saru Joshi

Intro : PQHSE, USTM : Dedicated in the name of Prof. Quomrul Hoque, the renowned academician, educationist from Barak Valley whose untimely death created an indelible void in the education scenario of North East, Prof. Qoumrul Hoque School of Education at USTM was introduced in the year 2014. Since then, Prof. Qoumrul Hoque School of Education at USTM is relentlessly working to fulfill the lack of trained teachers in North East Region. It has introduced two years B.ED course which is recognized by the National Council for Teacher Education, Eastern Regional Committee, Bhubaneswar), having an intake capacity of hundred students. Also the school offers Ph.D in Education under adept guidance of expert educationists.

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