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Follow Gujarat for improving literacy:Advani

LEADER OF Opposition in Lok Sabha LK Advani on Thursday asked the BJP Government to follow the Gujarat pattern for promoting literacy in the State.

india Updated: Oct 06, 2006 20:33 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

LEADER OF Opposition in Lok Sabha LK Advani on Thursday asked the BJP Government to follow the Gujarat pattern for promoting literacy in the State.

Advani was speaking at the silver jubilee function of Sadhu Wasvani College at Sant Hirdaram Nagar here on Thursday. He appreciated the efforts made by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, his ministers and officials in improving the literacy rate in Gujarat.

He said the Gujarat Chief Minister, his cabinet colleagues, MPs, MLAs and officials particularly visited the areas where girl literacy rate was low and the dropout rate was high. The exercise was undertaken to motivate people to improve the literacy rate. This should also be followed in this State.

To buttress his point for attaching importance to female literacy, he quoted Mahatma Gandhi who had said that to educate a woman is to educate a family.

He exhorted the students of the college to excel in their respective fields they choose as career. Presiding over the function, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said imparting value education was the need of the hour. There was need to inculcate self-discipline, honesty and patriotism in students.

He said community-supported education system was always better and educational institutions should be under the control of society. For an instance, he said, in ancient India Gurukul Ashrams were run by society and the ashrams produced worthy citizens with good moral character.

He stressed the need for preparing suitable curriculum to produce such students in modern times also. He said discussions had been held with the Union Home Minister to confer Indian citizenship on members of Sindhi community who had come to India from Pakistan after the Independence. The Home Minister assured that the district collectors would be given the powers to confer citizenship, he claimed.

He also assured that the cases of renewal of pattas to Sindhi families would be disposed of soon. The present State Government would provide better facilities to the community.

Minister for Industries Babulal Gaur said the college was established 27 years ago. Sant Hirdaram is the inspiration behind it, he added.

State BJP President Satyanarayan Jatia, Minister for Finance Raghavji, Minister of State for School Education Parasmal Jain and Member of Parliament Kailash Joshi were also present.

Advani released a souvenir brought out in the memory of the founder general secretary of the college late Mool Chand Manwani. MP State Tourism Development Corporation Vice-Chairman of Janaklal Advani informed that the college was functioning successfully without any grant.

Dayaldas, Dayaram Dariyani, Nanakram Wadhwani and Lokumal welcomed the guests. College Principal Dr Meena Shrivastava gave an account of the college activities.

First Published: Oct 06, 2006 20:33 IST