Shimla: Showing solidarity with the National Students Union of India (NSUI), the youth wing of Congress party chief minister Virbhadra Singh asked students to abide by Padho Aur Padhne Do (study and let study) so as to create a good academic environment in colleges and universities.
Terming a recent clash between NSUI and ABVP students on the campus as ‘unfortunate’, the chief minister, who was on the campus yesterday to attend the 42nd foundation day of NSUI said, “it appears that the times when Mahatma Gandhi’s advocated remaining calm even in the face of grave provocation like someone slapping you had passed and turned around to giving a befitting answer by a tit for tat policy.”
Vice Chancellor ADN Bajpai who was also present on the occasion sought government assistance to upgrade the universities education level. “We look to the government for providing sufficient funds for the purpose, said the vice-chancellor.
A colourful cultural function was also held on the occasion at which Anuj Sharma of Indian Idol fame, Ramesh Thakur, a known signer of Himachali songs, Kedar Negi, a Kinnauri singer, and Kuldeep Sharma, a well known signer of Phari songs were among other performers on stage at the function.
Speaking on the occasion Yadupati Thakur, president NSUI said that the student organization had played a major role in Congress winning the 2012 general assembly election.
On the occasion Virbhadra also launched a book Mamta Ki Channy by Mamta Mokta, a faculty member at the university
Congress leaders Bambar Thakur, Sanjay Rattan and Harish Janartha, among others, were also present on the occasion.