Lecture on Nehruvian political thought today

Lecture on Nehruvian political thought today

The Nehru Thought Education Committee of Mangalore University will formally kick-start its activities with a special lecture and prize distribution function at the Mangala auditorium of the university on Thursday. 

The committee headed by convener Rajaram Tolpady has invited B K Chandrashekar, former education minister to deliver a special talk on the present day relevance of Nehruvian Politics. K Byrappa, vice-chancellor of the university will preside. Tolpady told reporters here that the committee has been set up as precursor to the state government's announcement that a Nehru Study Centre will be constituted in the university. 

The government has already earmarked Rs 3 crore for the purpose, Tolpady said, adding that the committee will carry out the activities as per the directions and aspirations of the state government and department of higher education that wants to perpetuate the Nehruvian legacy.

Noting that an international symposium planned by the centre at the university in March this year had failed to take off due to various reasons, he said the committee under the aegis of the university had conducted various competitions for students to mark the occasion. These included elocution, essay and drawing competitions, he said. He added that winners of these competitions barring the essay writing competitions will receive the prizes .

P V Mohan, member of the committee, said the committee has drawn up long term plans to develop political leadership and a module is being prepared in this regard. "We are focusing on those in the age-group of 25-40 years," he said adding an international children's film festival too is being planned in association with the district administration. 

The problems facing present-day politics and politicians, exposure to Indian Constitution and its aspirations too are part of the plans.