The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has called the educational institutions to make it mandatory for students to undertake social service or service in armed forces or voluntary organizations like NSS, Scouts & Guides for being conferred with their degrees. Participating in social service or enrolling in such services would help them inculcate the feeling of oneness, nationalism, Social consciousness, he said.
Addressing the valedictory celebrations of the Birth Centenary Celebrations of Deenadayalu Naidu, the Vice President asked students to draw inspiration from the visionary leader and the committed nationalist. He has also suggested the educational institutions to incorporate moral science classes in schools.
Expressing displeasure over the depleting values in public life, the Vice President stressed the need to elect responsible public representatives with calibre, capacity and conduct. India needs committed leaders with a clean record to fight social evils like poverty, illiteracy, violence and others. They must be responsive to the needs and sufferings of the people and ensure that the benefits of government schemes reach the poorest of the poor, he added.
Highlighting the ill effects of climate change, the Vice President called for a constructive action plan to preserve and protect the nature. Governments, public representatives and the young people of the scout and guide movement should work towards empowering rural communities to conserve water, he aqdded.
The Governor of Karnataka, Vajubhai Rudhabhai Vala, the Minister for Cooperation, Government of Karnataka, Bandeppa Kasampur and officials, members and over a hundred students associated with the Bharat Scouts and Guides movement, members of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike District Association were present on the occasion.