Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Nagpur Regional Centre celebrated 128th birth anniversary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar organising a lecture on ‘Multidimensional Intelligence of Babasaheb Ambedkar’ by Dr Devidas Maiske, Professor (Retd), VNIT and Principal, Nagarjuna Institute, Naglok.
Dr Maiske explained the versatile capabilities of Dr. Ambedkar and how they are still relevant for the holistic development of the country. He said that Dr. Ambedkar’s life is portrayed as if he worked only for uplift of downtrodden while he was a multifaceted personality with expertise in economics, sociology, anthropology, law etc.
He had a long term telescopic vision about free India. Dr Ambedkar proposed nationalisation of banks, nationalisation of agriculture land and also nationalisation of heavy industries. He envisioned for free India not only political democracy but also economic and social democracy. Dr Maiske stated that Dr Ambedkar was champion of “Right to be Human”. He concluded that Dr Ambedkar was a visionary with finest brain.
In his welcome address Dr P. Sivaswaroop, Regional Director, IGNOU Regional Centre Nagpur said Dr. Ambedkar throughout his life emphasised on importance of education in the lives of weaker sections of the society. Through education, he believed that the individual will get internal strength and confidence and will roar like a lion.
Dr Sivaswaroop further said IGNOU is focusing in this direction to provide educational opportunity to the deprived through Gyan Ganga Awareness meetings. These sections are explained about flexible study system of IGNOU like they can study at their own place without discontinuing their daily routine with continue their earning. For the convenience of these sections, IGNOU has opened Special Study Centres in Prison Centres, for tribals etc.
The programme was conducted by Dr K. Sasicoumar Brumot, ARD. Vote of thanks was proposed by Dr Y Venkateshwarlu, ARD. It was well attended by Regional Centre staff, students and study centre functionaries.