Community service must be made compulsory for students: Vice President

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The vice president said community service must be made compulsory for students

New Delhi:

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 the 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 should make community service of at least two to three weeks compulsory for students,” the Vice President said.





He was speaking as the chief 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 in the Catholic community in Kerala.

The vice-president said that instilling the 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 should be widely propagated. For us, the whole world is one family embodied in our timeless ideal, ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’. It is in this spirit that we must move forward together,” Vice President 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 learn from Kerala in the areas of education, social justice and women 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 youth from the poorest sections of society,” said Mr Naidu.

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

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

“Saint Chavara has 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 in the country.

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