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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Martyrs' Day observed in Andhra University

Gandhian Studies Centre organized Martyrs' Day in Andhra University on 30 January 2016.  At 8:00 am in the morning Mahatma Gandhi Statue near the Administrative Block was Garlanded by the Vice Chancellor, the Rector, Registrar and a host of Andhra University Functionaries.  Sri GVVSDS Prasad, Secretary Sarva Seva Sangh attended the Programme as a Special Guest and garlanded the Statue and paid tributes to the Father of the Nation.

Later at 10:30 am a meeting was organized in the Gandhian Studies Centre. the Vice Chancellor was the Chief guest and Sri Prasad delivered the main lecture.  Prof. ABSV Ranga Rao, Director of Gandhian Studies Centre coordinated the programme.















SRI PRASAD ADDRESSES STUDENTS IN AVANIGADDA

Sri Prasad addressed students of Government Degree College in Avanigadda, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh on 1st February 2016.  The Theme was Gandhian Philosophy and its application today.  The students listened very attentively and participated in a good discussion.

Dr. Illa Ravi Principal of the College and a Philosophy Scholar himself organized the Meet and introduced the topic.  Other faculty members participated actively in the programme.









 




Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON BHOODAN AND GRAMDAN SEVAGRAM 24-25 JANUARY 2016

A National Workshop on Bhoodan and Gramdan was organized on 24-25 January 2016 at Sevagram by Sarva Seva Sangh, Sevagram Ashram Pratishtan and Vidarbha Bhoodan Yagna Mandal.  People from various states in the country have participated including representatives from the Governments of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Odisha.



Sri Gourang Mahapatra, Convener of Bhoodan & Gramdan Samithi of Sarva Seva Sangh who organized the Workshop.

Sri Parag Cholkar a Philosopher who documented Bhoodan movement and its achievements:







100 YEAR CELEBRATIONS OF ACHARYA VINOBA BHAVE ARROVAL OM WAI, MAHARASHTRA

Acharya Vinoba Bhave came to Wai town in Satara District of Maharashtra which is a centre for Sanskrit and learning 100 years ago.  On that occasion a meeting was organized in Wai.  Sri Prasad attended this meeting on 21 January 2016.












YOUTH CAMP ORGANIZED ON THE OCCASION OF NATIONAL YOUTH DAY

On the occasion of National Youth Day, 12 January, Swamy Vivekananda's Birthday, a Youth Camp was organized at Burujugadda village in Rangareddy District of Telangana State by Vasavya Society for Rural Development (VASORD) under the auspices of Sevagram Ashram Pratishtan.  About 70 people participated in this Camp.  The Theme for National Youth Day - 2016 is "Indian Youth for Development, Skill and Harmony".


Dr. Volker Mueller from Germany was the Chief Guest who organized Youth Exchange Programmes for over 20 years between India and Germany.  He garlanded the Statue of Mahatma Gandhi with 'Sutmala' and after offering tributes to the Father of the Nation the visiting German team was taken in procession with traditional dance and welcome to the venue of the Camp

 A team of 30 people from Addakal Mandal in Mahaboobnagar District also joined the Camp.   VASORD undertook development of Burujugadda village for over 25 years which brought in many changes in the village.  These include improved incomes through milch animals, housing, education, health, Youth activities etc.  The visiting team consisted of People's representatives of the Mandal and the villages in that Mandal.
 The Participants of the Camp and the German Team sang 'We shall Overcome' together.

 The well attended Camp had participants who attended National Youth Camp held at Sevagram organized by Sarva Seva Sangh from 24 to 28 December 2015.  Some of them participated in Youth camps organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti in New Delhi.

Dr. Volker Mueller giving his Inaugural Address.  Also seen in the picture are Sri Harinath Medi from the USA who is pioneering the concept of 'Self Help for developing villages' called 'SWAGRAMA SEVA'  and Sri Ravinder Reddy from Kandur village who served as Sarpanch of the Village and took up a number of developmental activities.

As part of the Camp 'Achievers' from Burujugadda were recognized and honoured.  Below a 'One Girl Child Family' is being honoured.  Usually people in villages get more children waiting for a baby boy.  This family adopted one child norm though it was with a girl child.
 Another Achiever is honoured who acquired self sufficiency by growing a kitchen garden and vegetables required for the whole family.



Youth Playing games - Tug of War


Chekkala Yellaiah, President of Mandal Praja Parishat, Shamshabad giving a talk.  Sri Siddeswar, Sarpanch from Sultanpur also visited Burujugadda and participated in the Meeting.  Two Police Officers gave talks in this Youth Camp


Certificates were given to those participants who attended the Youth Camp in Sevagram in December 2015