Stone Laying Ceremony of RTMNU’s Buddha Study Centre held
Nagpur: Even though the country and the world have been embroiled in complicated problems, Lord Buddha and his thoughts have the power and values to lead the world on the right path, claimed Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari while laying the foundation stone of RTMNU’s Buddha Study Centre at University Library premises on May 4, 2015. The establishment of the Buddha Study Centre is great achievements for us, said Gadkari in his address. Nagpur has also become a centre of Buddhist research, added the Minister.
The “Stone Laying Ceremony” of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) Buddha Study Centre was held in the University Hall. Union Minister of Surface Transport Nitin Gadkari laid the stone. The Former Head of Department of Buddhist Studies of Delhi University and Bhadant Dr. Satyapal of Akhil Bhartiya Bhiku Sangh, Buddha Gaya was the special guest for the function. The ceremony was performed with Vice Chancellor of Nagpur University Dr. Siddharthvinayaka Kane presiding over the function.
While addressing the gathering, Nitin Gadakri added that we need to foster an attitude of equality among all citizens in our country. Above all things our countrymen should destroy extremism, fundamentalist beliefs and preserve our democracy. There are various ways by which we can make our society free from religious and social divide. Lord Buddha has taught us preach and practice tolerance and equality with one another.
We can change what is visible with our eyes, but we can’t change the hidden notions, ideologies and motives hidden in our minds and hearts. Gadkari stressed on the need for education which alone can ensure development. He dwelt on e-governance. He claimed that India has the power to show the right path to the universe because many great personalities like Buddha, Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Phule were born in land of India. Buddha’s thoughts and ideologies should be incorporated in our education system to understand and to practice the true meaning of tolerance, said Gadkari.
Other dignitaries present on the occasion include Vice Chancellor of North Maharashtra University Dr Sudhir Meshram and others.