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  1. Hindustani78

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    Narmadashankar Lalshankar Dave (24 August 1833 – 31 March 1910), popularly known as Narmad. He is considered to be the founder of modern Gujarati literature.

    Narmad was born in Surat, Gujarat on 24 August 1833 to Lalshankar and Navdurga.

    Narmadashankar Lalshankar Dave married Gulab, daughter of Surajram Shastri of Sudder Court, Surat, on 29 April 1844. She gave a birth to girl in 1852 who died 15 days later. Gulab herself died on 5 October 1853 following a stillbirth. In May 1856, he married Dahigauri, daughter of Tripuranand Shastri; she separated from him in 1860. He married Subhadra (later Narmadagauri), a widow of his caste


    He was appointed as a teacher at the school of Rander on 1 May 1851.he left college in August 1856, writing Pingal Pravesh in February 1857 and dedicating it to his father. He joined Gokuldas Tejpal Vidyalaya as a teacher and began studying Sanskrit literary works such as Laghu kaumudi, Chandralok, Nrisimhachampu, Kavyachampu, Prataprudra, Adhyatma Ramayana. He started at Central School as a teacher in February 1858, then resigned in November 1858 after deciding to pursue a literary career.

    In March 1875, where he met Dayanand Saraswati, a reformist and founder of Arya Samaj, and started to become deeply religious. He published the first dictionary of Gujarati language in March 1876. He founded Vedsarasvati in Sarasvatimandir of Surat on 16 April 1877.He published a translation of Bhagvad Gita in 1882.

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    Narmadashankar had also initiated much political thinking in his writings, It was he who introduced the
    word 'Deshabhiman' (patriotism) in Gujarati, and lived a life imbued with such a spirit

    President's Secretariat
    29-May, 2018 16:50 IST
    President of India in Surat; addresses annual convocation of Veer Narmad south Gujarat University; says objective of education should be to promote innovation and freedom in thinking

    The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, graced and addressed the annual convocation of the Veer Narmad South Gujarat University in Surat, Gujarat, today (May 29, 2018).

    Speaking on the occasion, the President noted that the Veer Narmad South Gujarat University is named after renowned Gujarati literary figure Narmadashankar Dave or Veer Narmad, who was not only a poet and writer but also a social reformer. Veer Narmad was a nation builder who shaped Gujarati and Indian identity and worked for female empowerment, widow remarriage and similar causes.

    The President said the region of south Gujarat is an economic engine for the state. And within this region, Surat makes a significant contribution. The textiles and diamond industries are special to Surat and attract workers from across the country. That is why the city is sometimes called “mini India”. As the leading educational institution here, the Veer Narmad South Gujarat University bears an important responsibility. The large tribal student population that the University serves also adds to its salience.

    The President said the objective of education should be to nurture freedom of thought and innovation within the student community, besides building capacities for a professional career. Education should also teach us to respect sentiments of others as well work for the welfare of society.

    Earlier in the day, the President attended a function in Surat to felicitate family members of cadaver organ donors. The function was organised by the NGO Donate Life. Addressing the gathering, the President called for motivating people for organ donation as a service to humanity.

    Later in the day, the President presented the ‘Santokbaa Humanitarian Award’, given by the SRK Foundation, to Dr Kiran Kumar, former Chairman, ISRO, and Shri KailashSatyarthi, Nobel Laureate. Speaking on the occasion, the President said he was happy to note that the business community in Surat, which was well known across the world, was supportive of philanthropic and social welfare efforts. He appreciated Shri GovindDholakia of SRK Exports for taking forward this tradition and instituting the awards.

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    The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Gold Medal to the student, at the 49th Annual Convocation of Veer Narmad South Gujarat University (VNSGU), at Surat, in Gujarat on May 29, 2018. The Governor of Gujarat, Shri O. P. Kohli and the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Vijay Rupani are also seen.
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    The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind addressing at the 49th Annual Convocation of Veer Narmad South Gujarat University (VNSGU), at Surat, in Gujarat on May 29, 2018. The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Vijay Rupani is also seen.
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    The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind in a group photograph at the 49th Annual Convocation of Veer Narmad South Gujarat University (VNSGU), at Surat, in Gujarat on May 29, 2018. The Governor of Gujarat, Shri O. P. Kohli and the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Vijay Rupani are also seen.
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  2. Hindustani78

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    Ministry for Development of North-East Region
    29-May, 2018 17:09 IST
    Dr Jitendra Singh announces Rs 28 crore for 'Brahmaputra Study Centre' at Gauhati University

    The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has said the Government has approved setting up of an exclusive "Brahmaputra Study Centre" at Gauhati University, Guwahati, for which a fund of about Rs. 28 crore will be provided by the Ministry of DoNER.

    The Vice-Chancellor of Gauhati University, Dr Mridul Hazarika, who called on Dr Jitendra Singh here today, said that the University has decided to provide land within the campus for a separate block for the Brahmaputra Study Centre / Department.

    Dr Jitendra Singh said the Gauhati University is one of the oldest universities in the country and it needs to cultivate a unique identity for itself which could attract scholars from far and wide by setting up the "Brahmaputra Study Centre". He said, Brahmaputra is one of the largest rivers of the world and the Study Centre being set up within the Gauhati University will offer an opportunity for research in different aspects of river Brahmaputra in physics, hydrology, waterways, environment, disaster/flood management, hydro-power production etc.

    Describing it as a "one stop destination" for all issues and problems that may emerge from time to time with respect to the Brahmaputra River System, Dr Jitendra Singh informed that the first major study at the Centre has already been initiated. He said, it is devoted to the research on the causes and prevention of frequent floods in the river and includes some of the internationally renowned scholars from across the world.

    Dr Jitendra Singh pointed out that the Ministry of DoNER in the last four years has gone beyond the mandate of focusing only on development works and has also tried to contribute for enrichment of education sector in Northeast. In this regard, he referred to the initiative of the Ministry in setting up the "Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Study Centre" in IIM, Shillong where the former President breathed his last. He also referred to the tripartite MoU signed between Barooah Cancer Institute Guwahati, Assam Government and the North-Eastern Council, as a result of which, super-specialty cancer courses in DM (Onco-Medicine) and MCh (Onco-Surgery) have been started for the first time in the region.

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    The Vice-Chancellor of Gauhati University, Dr. Mridul Hazarika calling on the Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh, in New Delhi on May 29, 2018.
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    The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu lighting the lamp at an event to present the Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskar to teachers from Government Schools in Punjab, who have shown excellence in teaching, in New Delhi on May 29, 2018. The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, the Minister of State for Rural Development, Shri Ram Kripal Yadav and other dignitaries are also seen.
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    The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu presenting the Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskar to teachers from Government Schools in Punjab, who have shown excellence in teaching, in New Delhi on May 29, 2018. The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi is also seen.
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    The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu presenting the Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskar to teachers from Government Schools in Punjab, who have shown excellence in teaching, in New Delhi on May 29, 2018. The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi is also seen.
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    The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu presenting the Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskar to teachers from Government Schools in Punjab, who have shown excellence in teaching, in New Delhi on May 29, 2018.
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    The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu presenting the Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskar to teachers from Government Schools in Punjab, who have shown excellence in teaching, in New Delhi on May 29, 2018. The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi and the Minister of State for Rural Development, Shri Ram Kripal Yadav are also seen.
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    The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu addressing the gathering after presenting the Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskar to teachers from Government Schools in Punjab, who have shown excellence in teaching, in New Delhi on May 29, 2018.
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    The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu addressing the gathering after presenting the Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskar to teachers from Government Schools in Punjab, who have shown excellence in teaching, in New Delhi on May 29, 2018. The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, the Minister of State for Rural Development, Shri Ram Kripal Yadav and other dignitaries are also seen.
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    The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu with the awardees of the Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskar, in New Delhi on May 29, 2018. The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, the Minister of State for Rural Development, Shri Ram Kripal Yadav and other dignitaries are also seen.
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    President's Secretariat
    30-May, 2018 18:00 IST
    President of India Inaugurates Sadhu Vaswani International School and Unveils Statue of Matoshree Ramabai Ambedkar in Pune; says education can promote values and help fight caste, gender and other forms of discrimination

    The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the Sadhu Vaswani International School in Pune today (May 30, 2018).



    Speaking on the occasion, the President said that Sadhu Vaswani, the iconic spiritual figure the Sadhu Vaswani International School is named after, was one among our most remarkable nation builders. He taught us to combine the values of our ancient civilisation with the techniques of the modern age. His mission has been carried forward by his disciple, Dada J.P. Vaswani, who has dedicated every moment to the cause of humanity.



    The President said the city of Pune has been a centre of education for Maharashtra and for the country. The story of modern India owes much to the educational, reformist and progressive ideas that have flowed from this city, and for which our nation is truly appreciative. He noted that it was in Pune that in 1848 Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and Savitribai Phule opened what is believed to have been the first modern school in India exclusively for girls. In their determined efforts to fight caste and gender discrimination and work for the weaker sections, Jyotiba and Savitribai Phule made education their chief weapon, as did other reformers from Pune.



    The President said that values-based education helps promote ethics in society. Our freedom fighters and leaders placed emphasis on education – and on discourse that was informed by knowledge, wisdom and learning. Each one of them placed emphasis on a culture of discussion rather than of dispute – and of addressing disagreements while being mindful of the other person’s dignity.



    The President said that in school, a child is taught history and geography, language and literature, mathematics and science. In class X and in class XII, children are examined in these and other subjects. They are given marks and grades. While not discounting the importance of such subjects, he drew attention to lessons that a child imbibes in school that may not be formally tested in a board examination. These are the lessons of culture, character, compassion and courage. And of coping with change in a society and a world evolving more rapidly than perhaps ever before.



    The President said that a child who imbibes these lessons and internalises these values will always be sensitive to the world outside, and to those who may be less privileged. Such a child will never forget to contribute to society, in whichever way he or she can.



    Earlier in the day, the President unveiled the statue of Matoshree Ramabai Bhimrao Ambedkar at the Matoshree Ramabai Bhimrao Ambedkar Garden in Pune.



    Speaking on the occasion, the President underlined Matoshree Ramabai Bhimrao Ambedkar’s contribution to the life and career of her husband Dr B R Ambedkar. He said that her supportive role and courage through difficult times helped Dr Ambedkar evolve into a distinguished and renowned scholar and public figure. This was a role Dr Ambedkar himself acknowledged.



    The President said that his life with Ramabai no doubt influenced Dr Ambedkar’s thinking and made him an advocate of women’s rights. It led him to fight for economic equality for women and to ensure that the Constitution gave them equal political rights from the outset. In this, Dr Ambedkar made certain that India was different from many other democracies, which did not give women these rights at an early stage.



    The President said that Matoshree Ramabai Bhimrao Ambedkar herself contributed immensely to battling and effacing the practice of untouchability and strived for social equality for all. She remains an ideal for all Indians.

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    30-May, 2018 17:29 IST
    Address by the hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind on the occasion of formal opening of Sadhu Vaswani International School

    I am happy to be here for the formal opening of the Sadhu Vaswani International School in Pradhikaran, Pune. I have been told that the school has been functional since 2012 but the entire building and structure has only recently been completed. As such the dedication is taking place today.

    The school draws from a great legacy. Sadhu Vaswani, the iconic spiritual figure it is named after, was one among our most remarkable nation builders. He taught us to combine the values of our ancient civilisation with the techniques of the modern age.

    Sadhu Vaswani’s mission has been carried forward by his disciple, the much respected Dada J.P. Vaswani. I first had the pleasure of meeting him at an event in Mumbai in 2016, when I was Governor of Bihar. It was immediately clear to me that he is a very impressive personality and a deep thinker. The year 2018 is a special year. In a few months, Dada J.P. Vaswani will be celebrating his 100th birthday. For 79 of these 100 years, since he renounced worldly attachments at the young age of 21, Dada J.P. Vaswani has dedicated every moment to the cause of humanity. He has been an ambassador of Indian tradition and culture on countless platforms, within the country and abroad, including at the United Nations.

    I understand that in his younger days Dada J.P. Vaswani was a brilliant student. He was a university topper in physics and his thesis on the Scattering of X-rays by Solids was assessed by none other than Sir C.V. Raman, the first Indian scientist to win the Nobel Prize. Yet, Dada J.P. Vaswani thought nothing of sacrificing a promising academic career to immerse himself in spiritual learning, in welfare, in caring for the underprivileged and even for defenceless animals. One of the methods he has chosen is to light the lamp of education. The setting up of Sadhu Vaswani Schools in different locations of the country is a part of his journey.



    This is a commendable achievement. And this is the rich and purposeful legacy that strengthens the very foundations of the school.



    Ladies and Gentlemen and Dear Children

    Your school is doubly blessed. It draws motivation from not just Sadhu Vaswani and Dada J.P. Vaswani – but also from the inspiring history of Pune. The city of Pune has been a centre of education for Maharashtra and for the country. The story of modern India owes much to the educational, reformist and progressive ideas that have flowed from this city, and for which our nation is truly appreciative.

    It was in this city that in 1848 Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and Savitribai Phule opened what is believed to have been the first modern school in India exclusively for girls. In their determined efforts to fight caste and gender discrimination and work for the weaker sections, Jyotiba and Savitribai Phule made education their chief weapon.

    They were not alone. It was in Pune that Justice M.G. Ranade and others set up the Maharashtra Girls Education Society in the 19th century. In 1860, the heroic freedom fighter Vasudev Balwant Phadke was among those who founded the Maharashtra Education Society. Bal Gangadhar Tilak and his colleagues established the Deccan Education Society. And later Gopal Krishna Gokhale was instrumental in the creation of the Servants of India Society.


    Many of these initiatives and educational institutions are still with us and are still going strong. In Maharashtra and in other states, they are responsible for schools and colleges that prepare our children and our younger generation for service to the nation and for service to society.

    The Chief Architect of our Constitution, Dr B.R. Ambedkar, had a long relationship with Pune. He too stressed the importance of education as an instrument for social change and for building a just and egalitarian society. I am happy to learn that the government of Maharashtra has begun to celebrate November 7 as “Students’ Day”. This was the day, way back in the year 1900, when Babasaheb Ambedkar enrolled in a school in Satara, and began his lifelong pursuit of academic excellence.

    Values-based education helps promote ethics in society. And I can think of no better example as an upholder of values in our public life than Shri Lal Krishna Advani, who we are honoured to have here with us today.

    Ladies and Gentlemen and Dear Children

    The names and examples I cited earlier represent a gamut of our country’s achievers and the spirit of our nation building project. These were people who struggled for our freedom from colonial rule, and for an India free of caste, gender and other forms of discrimination – for an India that could put right and redress both historical wrongs and contemporary inequities. Each one of them placed emphasis on education – and on discourse that was informed by knowledge, wisdom and learning. Each one of them placed emphasis on a culture of discussion rather than of dispute – and of addressing disagreements while being mindful of the other person’s dignity.

    This is the true attribute of an educated society. And this is the benchmark by which we measure Pune’s intellectual vibrancy and reputation as a centre of scholarship. Above all, this is the context in which the Sadhu Vaswani International School is carving out its space in this city.

    Education also has another aspect – of moulding young minds. After birth, a child is nurtured by those around him or her. Early learning takes place from family members, who provide love and affection, and shape instinct. Thereafter begins the child’s longest journey in learning – for about 15 years in school. Teachers don’t just impart knowledge of individual subjects. They sculpt the child’s very identity. A child’s habits, values, thoughts, strengths, resilience, determination, dreams and actions are all influenced by the school environment.

    In school, a child is taught history and geography, language and literature, mathematics and science. In class X and in class XII, children are examined in these and other subjects. They are given marks and grades. While not discounting the importance of such subjects, I would draw your attention to lessons that a child imbibes in school that may not be formally tested in a board examination. These are the lessons of culture, character, compassion and courage. And of coping with change in a society and a world evolving more rapidly than perhaps ever before.

    A child who imbibes these lessons and internalises these values will always be sensitive to the world outside, and to those who may be less privileged. Such a child will never forget to contribute to society, in whichever way he or she can. Such a child can only be reared in a school that is marked by open windows, and not by closed doors. Blessed by the presence of Dada J.P. Vaswani, I am confident that the Sadhu Vaswani International School will be just such a school. I am confident that it will serve the community here in Pune as well as our country in nurturing ideal citizens of tomorrow.

    With those words I wish the school, I wish the children studying there and I wish teachers and others associated with the school the very best.



    Thank you

    Jai Hind!

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    http://www.thehindu.com/news/nation...ilak-goes-co-ed-once-more/article24039606.ece
    Pune, May 30, 2018 22:35 IST
    Updated: May 30, 2018 22:35 IST

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    Established 138 years ago, it has been boys-only since 1936.
    After 82 years, New English School in Pune has opened its doors to girls once more: 25 girls will join Standard V in the academic year about to begin.

    Founded in 1880 by educationists and revolutionaries Vishnu Krushna Chiplunkar, Bal Gangadhar ‘Lokmanya’ Tilak and Gopal Ganesh Agarkar, the school was co-educational until 1936, when the Deccan Education Society (DES) — also founded by Chiplunkar, Tilak, and Agarkar, among others — which had taken over the management by then, moved the girls to its Ahilyadevi High School for Girls.

    Chiplunkar, who is remembered as the poet of Maharashtra’s nationalist revival for his ornate literary style, quit government service in 1879 and issued a call for the creation of a school run by Indians. Tilak, with Mahadev Ballal Namjoshi, volunteered as charter members of the school faculty; they were joined by Agarkar, another great educationist and Tilak’s close friend.

    Significant event

    The establishment of the school is a significant event in the freedom movement; it was not just a beginning of the effort to break the British hold on education, but one that used the English language to imbue nationalist thought. The founders, all young men at that time (Chiplunkar was 30 when NES started, with Tilak and the others in their mid-20s) founded the DES a few years later, with the goal of making education accessible to students by establishing schools and colleges run by Indians across what was then the Bombay Presidency.

    NES began lessons on January 2, 1880, with 19 students. Enrolment increased ten-fold within a year.

    Such was the zeal of the promoters in making the school successful, that they took far lower salaries than they could have got elsewhere. In 1896, The Hindu reported, “For some years in the beginning, these B.A.’s and M.A.’s who while Fellows of the Deccan College had enjoyed the salaries of ₹75 or ₹100 per month and who would have obtained more than ₹100 anywhere and in any literary branch of the Goverment Service, remained content with the pittance of ₹30 or ₹40 per month!”

    In a few short years, NES became the biggest school in the Bombay Presidency. And the DES expanded too. Among the institutions it founded were Fergusson College, Pune (1885), Willingdon College, Sangli (1919) Brihan Maharashtra College of commerce (1943), Chintamanarao College of Commerce (1960).

    Today, New English School, in the crowded lanes of Old Pune, has around 500 students in a year, from Standards V to X.

    “The decision to reintroduce co-education was taken to demolish gender barriers in a changing world,” Nagesh Shankar Mone, the school’s headmaster, said. “The move is meant to imbue the school with the advantages of a co-educational environment, thereby helping students acquire a more holistic education.”
     

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