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“Govind Guru University is a tribute to the great tribal reformist” Gujarat CM on the inauguration of new university at Godhra

Gujarat Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel today inaugurated Govind Guru University to be commenced at tribal dominated Vinzol village in Godhra in central Gujarat.

In her inaugural speech, the CM said that there was a time when governments used to take unlimited time to put the decision into effect. Now, by breaking the old style of typical government functioning, this government takes immediate action for speedy results. This new university at Godhra, which is being inaugurated within few weeks time after taking decision, is a classic example of the same, she added.

On this occasion, Smt. Patel shared that over 1000 tribals were killed by Britishers in Jallianwala Bagh like massacre during a peaceful protest led by Shri Govind Guru. She went on to say that the bloodbath that took place at Jallianwala Bagh is there in the history of Indian Independence, but unfortunately the sacrifice made by tribals has been forgotten and there is no mention of this incident in our history books. She also recalled the tribute paid by then CM Shri Narendra Modi by building his memorial at Mangarh hills in Panchmahal district. She added that the university, named after him, is a tribute to the great reformist and tribal martyrs.

Talking about the newly inaugurated university, the CM said that this university will provide great ease to the students of about 84 colleges of Panchmahals, Dahod, Mahisagar, Chhota Udaipur and Vadodra Rural districts. She also expressed her hope that with the emergence of this university, the tribal youth will get a golden opportunity to shine.

The CM also recalled the olden days when there was no education facilities available in this tribal belt. Today, she said, the state government has changed the entire scenario with opening of new schools, colleges, universities, ITIs, hostel facilities, etc. “We took care of the education and growth of the tribal children” , she added.

Stressing upon the need of good education, Smt. Patel stated that because of the division of land within the family, the younger generation will now have to opt for a job for survival and for that, education plays a vital role.

In her speech, the CM informed about ‘Malnutrition free Gujarat’ campaign launched from Chhota Udaipur today morning. She also appealed to all the women to get the health of their children checked during this program. She shared that Gujarat is the first state in the country to launch a health program of this kind. She also gave information about MA Vatsalya Yojana, launched for the free treatment upto Rs. 2 lakh of the families earning less than Rs. 1.20 lakh per annum. She requested all the elected leaders to prepare a list of such families and send it to the health department to ensure that the poor did not die for want of treatment.

The Gujarat CM spoke about the campaign to be launched across the state from the 1st June by the health department to wipe out cases of deformity like cleft lips and cleft palate with the help of micro-surgery and also about orthodontic treatment to be provided absolutely free by the state government. She informed about free diabetes check-up camps and called the disease a silent killer. She also talked about state-wide screening campaign for breast and cervical cancer and added that ignoring early symptoms of such diseases can be risky. Smt. Patel requested everybody to take benefit of this drive with a motherly gesture.

Smt. Patel urged the women to put in their best efforts for creating toilet facility in their home and added that the state government has made it mandatory for every candidate contesting election to produce certificate of having toilet in home.

The CM, on this occasion, declared that a new arts and commerce college will be inaugurated shortly at Morva-Hadaf in Panchmahals. She also shared that as many as 11 new arts and commerce colleges, 2 new universities and 2 specialized universities have been planned by the state government to make Gujarat an education hub.

Talking about the existing practices in educational institutes, the CM stated that there is a need to change the mentality of the professors. She stated that ours is a developing country and multiple use of infrastructure and resources for economical development is necessary. She added that it is our moral responsibility to prepare competent future generation.

Education Minister Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasma, Women & Child Welfare Minister of State Smt. Vasuben Trivedi, MP Shri Prabhatsinh Chauhan and Shri Jasvantsinh Bhabhor, MLAs, other dignitaries and youth of this area remained present on this occasion.

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