New Delhi [India]: Union Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday launched the Vidya Veerta Abhiyan here.
He was accompanied by Minister of State for Defence Subhash Ramrao Bhamre, writer Shri Tarun Vijay, senior officers from the Indian Army, the Air Force and Navy Lt. General Sarat Chandra, Air Marshal H.N. Bhagwat, Rear Admiral K.K. Pandey, Paramveer Chakra recipient Grenadier Sanjay Kumar and Subedar Yogendra Singh Yadav on this occasion.
A collage of photo portraits and book on Paramveer Chakra recipients was also released and presented to vice-chancellors of universities.
Highlighting the importance of the occasion Javadekar expressed his gratitude towards the most difficult service rendered by the Armed Forces.
He said we feel secure just because of the continuous vigil and alertness of our forces busy in securing our borders.
The minister said these are our real post independence heroes while the freedom fighters who laid their lives and faced atrocities for the cause of freedom are the natural heroes since the days of Satyagraha, which culminated in the revolution for getting independence from the foreign rule.
Javadekar said through this campaign a wall of valour will be built in colleges and universities across the country and this will be built on contributory funding by students and teachers on voluntary basis.
He said the wall will be 15X20 feet in size and will depict the portraits of all the 21 Param Vir Chakra recipients and added that it would help revive and re-energise the patriotic fervour in young minds.
The minister said organising such events help in changing atmosphere in colleges and universities, adding that he doesn’t want to teach lessons of patriotism to anyone as it was innate in every individual.
The event was attended by several vice-chancellor of universities, scholars, ex-servicemen and school children.
Param Vir Chakra recipient Sanjay Kumar and Yogendra Singh Yadav also shared their war memories and experiences with the audience and instilled patriotic feelings in the young ones.
The function was also addressed by Dr. Subhash Ramrao Bhamre MoS Defence and Tarun Vijay, the convenor of the event. (ANI)