GUWAHATI, Nov 11 � Royal Group of Institutions, Guwahati, today celebrated the National Education Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first Education Minister of India. The Royal School of Business organized a programme to pay tribute to the great freedom fighter, philosopher and eminent educationalist.
Recollecting the life of Azad, Professor UR Dhar (Dean, Academics, Royal School of Business) addressed the gathering and enlightened them with the contributions made by Azad. A great visionary, Azad germinated the idea of Corporate Social Responsibility in the minds of Indians through his speeches and addresses.
Azad became an inspiring personality in the field of politics and an important national leader who served in the Congress Working Committee and also in the offices of the general secretary and president on many occasions. At the end of the War, the British agreed to transfer power to Indian hands and Azad led the Congress in the elections for the new Constituent Assembly of India, which later drafted the Indian Constitution.
�He also was a great proponent of women�s education and facilitated the admission of girl students in engineering colleges. His undeniable contributions to the impartment of education, after the British left India, was a challenge of sorts to him and he rose above expectations to become a tall leader in the field of education,� he added.
Angira Mimani, officer on special duty, Royal Group of Institutions, addressed the students on the true meaning of education. �Simply acquiring a degree devoid of deep seated knowledge is an incomplete education. Realization about one�s social responsibility, courage to stand up and make a difference between right and wrong, women empowerment, treating the differently-abled as human beings, broadening the horizon with travel and conversations is actual education,� she stated.
Professor (Dr) Mukulesh Barua, executive director, RGI, stated that pure education is not mere accumulation of degrees but moving from darkness towards light through education.
The students also spoke on the life of Azad and his contributions as a freedom fighter, a revolutionary journalist, a social reformer and a champion of communal harmony.