SVIRM celebrated the National Youth Day by holding a huge Youth Convention in Arakere. Arakere is a Hobli headquarters in Mandya District in Karnataka State. About 1400 students participated in this event. The participants were from these institutions.
- Govt. Polytechnic college, Arakere
- Govt. PU College, Arakere
- Govt. High School, Arakere
- Poornima Institutions, Arakere
- Jeevodaya Institutions, Arakere.
The program began with a procession from the Maari Temple, the presiding diety of the village. After the procession the children were given butter milk. Two books on Swami Vivekananda namely, “Rashtra Jaagruti” and “Vidyut Vani” were given to all the students free of cost.
Later, the guests, Swami Nityasthanandaji of Ramakrishna Math, Dr. R Balasubramaniam from Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, former MLA Smt. Vijayalakshmi Bandisiddegowda, Naveena C K from SVIRM, all the heads of participating institutions offered floral tributes to Swami Vivekananda. The program began with lighting of the lamp and later with a short enactment of Swami Vivekananda.
Naveena C K of SVIRM spoke about the importance of Swami Vivekananda’s life and message and why he is relevant to all of us. He also announced a student help desk has been setup from SVIRM and will help the students solve their problems. Dr. R Balasubramaniam who is the founder of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, and GRAAM called upon the students to work hard to realize Swamiij’s dream of “Jagadguru Bharata.” During the course of his talk, he said there still exists a large divide between the India of advanced Science and the India of the villages. He said it is important to have Purity, Patience and Perseverance to do anything significant in India. He further said we should all take up individual responsiblity, and be law abiding citizens. He said that as a nation our focus should be on to build “Human Capital” by investing on our people.
Swami Nityasthanadaji, during his presidential address said that Swami Vivekananda expects us to the ‘aspirants of knowledge’ and not ‘aspirant of marks’. He further said that Children must develop pure character and be educated in the most real sense. He narrated a story of how an IAS officer once wanted the nests of a bird to beautify his house and how the village boy despite being tempted by money refused to give him the nest saying the mother bird will suffer immense agony if the nest is taken away. He said such compassion for people and our surrounding form an essential part of real education.
Smt. Vijayalakshmi Bandisiddegowda thanked the Swamiji and the SVIRM team for holding such a never before happened event in the village. Sri Prakash of Vivekananda Institutions Bannur called upon the students to imbibe the patriotic spirit of Swami Vivekananda. He said there is no dearth of humanistic values in the rural society and that they are extensively rich in that. He also said that teachers will do a great blessing to the students if they can correct them and lead them in the right way.
Sri Nataraj of Poornima Vidya Samsthe introduced the guests, and Smt. Divya gave the vote of Thanks. Sri. Chikkannaswamy V M of SVIRM anchored the program. All the guests were felicitated. A light lunch was provided to all the students. Books related to Swami Vivekananda were kept on display and were available for sale. Later the volunteers visited a local Govt. middle school and distributed Note Books to the children after having an interaction with them.