Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the Visva-Bharati is embodiment of philosophy, vision and hard work of Guru Rabindranath Tagore. Speaking at the centenary celebrations of Visva-Bharati University via video-conferencing, he said that Gurudev's vision for Vishwa Bharati is also the essence of self-reliant India.
"Self-reliant India campaign is also the path of India's welfare for world welfare. This campaign is a campaign to empower India, a campaign to bring prosperity from the prosperity of India to the world," he said, adding that "it is a matter of pride for every Indian to be 100 years of Vishwa Bharati".
"Visva-Bharati's hundred year journey is very special," he noted.
PM Modi further said that India was playing a major role in leading the world in environmental protection through international solar alliance as it was the only country which was on the right path to achieve Paris Accord's environmental goals.
"India is today leading the world in environmental protection through international solar alliance. India is the only major country today which is on the right path to achieve the environmental goals of Paris Accord," he said.
Founded by Rabindranath Tagore in 1921, Visva-Bharati is the oldest central university in the country. Tagore, a Nobel laureate, is one of the most revered icons from West Bengal, a state which will go to the assembly polls in the first half of the next year. In May 1951, Visva-Bharati was declared to be a Central University and an institution of national importance" by an Act of Parliament, the PMO noted.
The university followed the pedagogy devised by Tagore, though gradually it evolved in the format in which modern universities developed elsewhere. The prime minister is the chancellor of the university.