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Youth urged to take part in nation-building

Staff Reporter

‘Do not pursue only wealth'



LIGHTING THE LAMP: Rama Jois, MP, inaugurating the ABVP national conference in Bangalore on Sunday. ABVP conference reception committee president K.C. Ramamurthy, national president of the ABVP Milind Marathe and Bangalore University Vice-Chancellor N. Prabhudev are seen.

BANGALORE: “The people's court has been divided on communal and other lines for political reasons, and ceases to function,” said Rajya Sabha MP Rama Jois, delivering the inaugural address at the three-day 56 {+t} {+h} National Convention of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad here on Sunday.

This, he said, has affected the nation manifesting itself in issues such as widespread corruption and multiple threats to national security. Mr. Rama Jois implored his young audience to participate in nation-building. “Reject the school of thought that tells you to pursue only wealth. This is contrary to the principle of dharma,” he told them.

Bangalore University Vice-Chancellor N. Prabhu Dev called for a revamp of the education system. He lamented the fact that the higher education system has become a “symbol of political patronage and clout”.

ABVP national president Milind Marathe opposed commercialisation of higher education.

“We are against commercialisation of education by corporate houses, foreign and deemed universities. The fees today are simply unaffordable,” he said.

Hundreds of students from across the country, including north east India, Jammu and Kashmir and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, are attending the event, which concludes on December 28.

Controversy

The large-scale ABVP function had kicked up a storm with several students' unions holding protest rallies alleging that State machinery and university resources were being used for this political activity.

The National Students Union of India and the Students' Federation of India alleged that the university had postponed evaluation work too. The ABVP has said that these allegations are baseless.

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