Union Minister for Human Resource Development Sh M. M. Pallam Raju has emphasized on the need to inculcate values in the youth. Releasing a Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) Desk Calendar in New Delhi today, to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), he said it is good but not enough to give only education and skill sets to the modern youth. Instilling a sound value system is equally crucial to a person’s rounded development. He said the recent incidents of violence against young women is a pointer to the decline in values, and only reiterates the need to strengthen the ethical foundations of society. MM Pallam Raju said, Swami Vivekananda, whose 150th Birth Centennary is being celebrated this year, epitomized everything noble and character-building.
The Minister also released NBT’s Wall Calendar 2013 on the theme ‘Indigenous Voices of India’. The Calendar is a celebration of India’s unity in diversity. It presents a collage of 12 vignettes representing tribal life, synchronizing the theme ‘Indigenous Voices: Mapping India’s Folk and Tribal Literature’ of the New Delhi World Book Fair 2013 (4-10th Feb). The collection features the works of some celebrated photographers like Prafulla Chandra Dhir, Raghu Rai, Sanjay Austa, Ashok Dilwali , M. C. Shekhar and Prasanta Biswas.
Sh A Sethumadhavan, Chairman, NBT said National Book Trust would be bringing out books this year, based on Swami Vivekananda’s teachings and philosophy. Sh M A Sikandar, Director NBT, explained the aesthetics and content of the Calendars. The calendars have been conceptualized and designed by National Book Trust.
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