Mangaluru, Jan 20, 2016 : Speaking at the valedictory function of the National Youth Week organised by the Mangalore University and University College here on Jan 19,Tuesday as a part of the 153rd birth anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda. Mangalore University Registrar Prof T D Kemparaju has stressed the need for following values.
“Celebration of birth anniversaries of great achievers is relevant and essential to guide the ‘youth power’ of the country to move on a right direction. The great achievers become models for the youth to emulate. The messages and preaching of such people will help in bringing the youth on the right track,” Prof Kemparaju said.
Expressing concern over the erosion of value system, Prof Kemparaju said that values had formed a backbone for any society and should be strengthened. “The erosion of values in the society is a dangerous trend. India is known for moral values. The changes in society had their adverse impact on the youth. The incidents happening in our surroundings clearly show that the values have depleted in society. There has been decline in respect for our elders and parents among youth. The youth should, therefore, be guided in a proper manner,” he said.
He felt that the education system has failed to instil social responsibility among youth. The education system should become social and developmental oriented, he added.
“Youth should be instilled with qualities of purity, patience and perseverance and love in life to achieve success,” said Sri Ramakrishna Mutt Balashrama head Dharmavrithanandaji.
He said, “Youth should develop a feeling for fellow human beings. Unless we follow the ideology preached by Swami Vivekananda about life, there will be no meaning to the Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary celebrations.”
Stating that Swami Vivekananda had said ‘As you have come into the world, leave some mark behind,’ the seer said that there is a need for a person to leave a mark behind, so that people will remember him or her for ages. “Vivekananda had a lot of faith and hope in youth. According to him, the youth are those who are enthusiastic, have will power and believe in oneself,” explained the seer.
University College Principal In-charge Dr A Harish said that as a part of the National Youth Week, the college has distributed fruits to the patients of the district hospital, and also organised special talks, blood donation camp, street plays to create awareness on organ donation among the public and also special lecture on self-employment. Samskrita Bharathi, Bengaluru, had organised an exhibition of books on Swami Vivekananda for seven days, he added.