Haribhau Bagade felicitated Dr Pathak for his contribution towards the society
Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, celebrates its 60th Foundation Day on 23rd August 2018. On the occasion, Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor BA Chopade honoured Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder, Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reform Movement, with the “Jeevan Gaurav Samman” and felicitated him with a memento, citation and shawl in recognition of his contribution towards the society.
Haribhau Bagade, Current Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly and leader of Bharatiya Janata Party, presented the samman to Dr Pathak and other awardees.
The university felicitates those eminent personalities every year with the “Jeevan Gaurav Samman” who are pioneer in the field of social, educational, medicine, tourism, journalism, etc.
In his address Dr Pathak expressed his gratitude to the University, its illustrious Vice-Chancellor Professor BA Chopade and the Award Screening Committee for considering him worthy for this very special recognition. He said, “...I feel humbled and grateful, as this honour will strengthen and deepen my commitment to do more for the social cause and the suffering humanity...”
Dr Pathak further added that he is feeling elated as this award is being given to him by a centre of educational excellence, which is named after Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, one of the greatest sons of modern India and the great liberator of the oppressed and the downtrodden.
“I support everything that deepens our love, compassion and humanity. This underpins my life philosophy and action sociology. This enables me to do much more than I would have been able to do otherwise. Some people say that my motto of love and compassion for all has empowered me to make impossible things—like the liberation of scavengers and freeing the widows from a life of misery—possible.
Anyway, I would not have been able to do anything noble and great without love and compassion for people-in-distress. I deeply and passionately want an Indian environment that is healthy, an Indian society that is harmonious, and an Indian heart that is filled with love and compassion for all.
Dr. Ambedkar’s very name evokes the optimism that the future of our Indian society would be better and brighter than our caste-ridden past. I hope that this celebration of the University’s 60th Foundation Day will inspire and enthuse our young students and scholars for social service and national cause.”
He also shared some aspects of his personal and social life, struggles and achievements that have a larger social relevance with the distinguished gathering of scholars and students on the occasion.
Other awardees were Padmshree Pratap Pawar, Chairman - Sakal Social Foundation, Raosaheb Rangarao Borade, famous Marathi writer, Radheshyamji Chandak, Chairman - Buldana Urban Cooperative Credit Society, UNESCO Director Dr Rajendra Shende, Namdev Kamble, Bhaskar Pere and Tukaram Janpadkar Guruji.
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