Noted social worker Dr Prakash Amte Thursday appealed to youths to take up social service in villages to build a peaceful and humane society.
Addressing students at the 65th convocation ceremony of the Gujarat Vidyapeeth (GV) here, Dr Amte invoked Mahatma Gandhi who had founded the GV in 1920.
The Vidyapeeth was awarded a deemed university status in 1953.
"As rightly said by Mahatma Gandhi, real India lives in villages. Today's youth should work in rural areas to help those who are in need. Instead of just pursuing personal ambitions, youths should also take up social service. It will give you great sense of fulfilment and satisfaction," he said.
Dr Amte (69), son of social activist Baba Amte, and his wife Dr Mandakini have dedicated their lives for the welfare of tribals in Gadchiroli district of east Maharashtra.
"We need a few more dedicated workers to build a humane community where people can live in peace and harmony. We need to build bridges between the haves and have-nots, in every sphere," said the Ramon Magsaysay-awardee.
On the occasion, Vidyapith Chancellor Elaben Bhatt awarded degrees to 816 students, including 32 Ph.Ds, 23 M.Phils, 393 post graduates, 293 graduates and 75 post-graduate diploma holders.
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