Community service should be made compulsory for students: Vice President: The Tribune India

Kottayam (Kerala), January 3

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said on Monday that community service should be made compulsory for students studying in public schools as well as private schools, as it would help them develop an attitude of sharing and caring in their interaction. with the others.

“Today there is an urgent need to instill a spirit of service from an early age in the youth of this country. Once this pandemic is behind us and normalcy returns, I would suggest that public schools as well as those in the private sector must make community service of at least two to three weeks compulsory for students, ”said the vice-president.

He was speaking as the main guest at a reception held in Mannanam near here to mark the 150th anniversary of the death of St Kuriakose Elias Chavara, a spiritual leader and social reformer of the Catholic community in Kerala. The vice president said instilling a spirit of service in young people at school level would help them develop an attitude of sharing and caring in their interaction with others.

“In fact, the philosophy of sharing and caring is at the heart of India’s centuries-old culture and needs to be widely propagated. For us, the whole world is one family as it is encapsulated in our timeless ideal ”, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam ‘. It is in this spirit that we must move forward together, ”Naidu said.

Highlighting the contributions of visionary spiritual leaders like the legendary social reformer Sree Narayana Guru and St Chavara in various fields, the Vice President also urged other states to take inspiration from Kerala in the fields of education, social justice and the empowerment of women.

“I would like to take this opportunity to urge other states to take inspiration from Kerala in the areas of education, social justice and women’s empowerment as outlined in the pioneering initiatives of Saint Chavara and Narayana Guru. Their groundbreaking work proves that every state can be transformed into an engine of growth and progress and that this can be achieved through the social and educational empowerment of women and young people belonging to the poorest strata of society, ”said Naidu.

He said that the benefits of development must seep down to the last man in the most backward and impoverished segments of our socio-economic order, as stated in the Anyodaya philosophy articulated by the visionary thinker, activist and reformer, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.

Naidu said that although Saint Chavara’s identity and vision were shaped and shaped on the ideals of his Catholic faith, his acts of social and educational service were not limited to the progress and development of this one community.

“Saint Chavara combined the spirit of rebirth with the mission of charity and the noble Christian concept of universal brotherhood”, declared the vice-president and welcomed the involvement of these congregations founded by him in the fields education and health of the country. PTI

Norma P. Rex