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Smriti Irani Eager to be part of Don Bosco Bicentenary Celebrations


By Fr. Johnson Parackal
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Guwahati, Oct. 6. Smt. Smriti Irani, the HRD Minister, Govt of India has responded enthusiastically to the invitation extended to her by Salesian Provincial of Guwahati Province Fr. VM Thomas SDB to grace the Bicentenary celebrations of Don Bosco in Guwahti, Assam, the coming year.
Smt. Irani was on a visit to Guwahati in connection with the ongoing 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda. The programme was jointly organized by the Bharatiya Sikshan Mandal and the Down Town University, Guwahati.  Fr. VM Thomas who was given a special invitation to the programme was introduced to the HRD Minister by the vice President of the BSM Shri Bikash Purakayasta.

''So you are from Don Bosco....I am an Auxilian'' said the beaming HRD Minister Smriti Irani brushing aside all the journalist and others when she met Fr. VM Thomas at the meeting. On being invited to the Bicentenary Celebrations of Don Bosco, the Minister was quick in replying ''I will surely come... please be in touch with me'' she added. The occasion witnessed the release of the report of the National Vice Chancellors Conference at Guwahati.

Earlier, speaking at the function in her own inimitable style Smt. Irani spoke of the need of education which will bring change of mind and heart and promote the values of service as taught by Swami Vivekananda. She said that her government will try to set up a Chair on Vivekananda inall Universities of India and in the case of Assam, she suggested that we should even think of setting up of a Chair on Lakhinath Bezbaruah, the legendary freedom fighter of Assam. Citing many examples of utter neglect of girl children, she stressed the importance of the education of the girl child. Quoting Kennedy, Irani said: '...I am not here to fix problems but find ways to go forward'.
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