The RGNIYD celebrated its Foundation Day on 20th August 2013 at its campus to commemorate the 70th Birth Anniversary of the Late Visionary Leader and Former Prime Minister of India, Shri. Rajiv Gandhi which is also observed as "Sadbhavana Diwas" to promote national integration and communal harmony among the people of all religions and languages nation-wide. After the conversion of the RGNIYD into an Institution of National Importance by an Act of Parliament in August 2012 this was the first Foundation Lecture which was webcast live and also broadcast on RGNIYD’s Community Radio Station.
The 5th RGNIYD Foundation lecture delivered by Dr. Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure & Innovations and Chairman, National Innovation Council who also administered the Sadbhavana Day Pledge to the participating youth.
Shri. Pitroda had pioneered the telecom revolution under Shri. Rajiv Gandhi’s leadership. He recalled his association with the late Prime Minister of India, Shri. Rajiv Gandhi and the initiatives they jointly undertook to usher in the telecom & IT and the digital revolution in the 1980’s besides their contribution towards improvising facilities such as rural drinking water, immunization, edible oil, milk production etc. He exhorted the youth by narrating how he conquered his poverty through education and acquisition of information power. He spoke on the current initiatives such as creating knowledge network to connect all the educational and research institutions and the endeavor to connect 250,000 Panchayats across the country through optical fibre. He called for generational change and not incremental change besides evolving strategies for reforms and means for simplifying the government. He underpinned the need for innovations in technology modernization and development for achieving excellence, attaining equity and providing access to all. He emphasized the need for instilling the Gandhian ideas and for localization in the backdrop of globalization. He reiterated that the Government and Technology are only enablers but the Youth should redefine their developmental outlook and change their mindset and should undertake initiatives on their own without undermining their capacities.
Shri. C. R. Kesavan, Vice President, RGNIYD delivering the special address underlined that it was Rajiv Gandhi who had first talked about India in the 21st century and the important role the youth would play in nation building. He recalled that in order to empower the youth to do so he had reduced the voting age from 21 to 18 and also laid the foundation for the Panchayati Raj revolution because of which we currently have about 12 lakh young women representatives, the highest in the world. He emphasized that India’s front ranking position among countries today was because Rajiv Gandhi had effectively utilized technology for the transformation and uplift of rural India.
Shri. Sudhir Kumar IAS, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India, welcomed the august gathering. Dr. D. Jayalakshmi, Registrar i/c proposed the vote of thanks.
About 800 persons consisting of a galaxy of youth from various colleges and young achievers participated in the function.
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