Governor OP Kohli on Thursday urged engineering students to be rooted in the ancient tradition of Sanatan Dharma in their daily pursuit of excellence.
“While becoming modern, we shouldn’t forget the old-age tradition of India and great scientists, existed thousand years ago, because it is necessary for India to become a developed country,” Kohli said in the convocation ceremony of Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya (RGPV).
Established in 1998, Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya has over 200 affiliated engineering colleges, 98 pharmacy colleges, 95 MCA colleges and four architecture Colleges among others under its fold.
He also asked young engineers to follow religious ideology and become emotional efficient with professional efficiency in the convocation ceremony.
“Yog guru Aurobindo in his Uttarpara speech had said that ‘Sanatan Dharma’ is the universal and eternal religion and everybody should follow it. Aurobindo was enlightened by a divine power to poularise Sanatan Dharma,” Kohli said in his first public speech after taking over the charge of Raj Bhavan earlier this month.
Aurobindo was of the opinion that Sanatan Dharma didn’t belong to any particular religion or caste, Kohli added.
“It (Sanatan Dharma) is for all and it ask to do right things like say truth, serve the parents and teachers and others,” the Governor said.
Aurobindo also spoke of Sanatan Dharma in the light of Indianess, he added.
“It’s our tradition and Santan Dharma which saved our country from the different attacks. Greeks attacked on our country, Muslims ruled for 1,000 years and the British ruled for 200 years but still we saved our identity because of traditions,” Kohli said.
Noting that the legacy and tradition of India is to be cherished, the governor advised the young engineering students not to forget the contribution of stalwarts such as Charak, Aryabhatta and Dhanwantri.
“If Germany and Japan became developed nations despite setbacks on the Second World War by sticking to their roots, why can’t India do the same? When students bind modernisation with tradition, India will become a part of the developed world,” he added.
Kohli, 81, took over the charge of Raj Bhavan a day after Ram Naresh Yadav demitted the office of Governor after completing his five-year term.