Hyderabad, Oct.2 : Prof. E. Suresh Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, The English and Foreign Languages University and Member, University Grants Commission, launched a week-long film festival on Mahatma Gandhi from September 28, culminating in Gandhi Jayanti on Friday .The festival was organized as part of the 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of the Father of the Nation.
This week-long festival commemorated Gandhiji’s life and achievements as part of his 150th birth anniversary celebrations.A series of films were screened on the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. The event started with the screening of the film ‘Bapu Aur Vichar” followed by documentaries and films like “South Africa, Satyagraha and Gandhi”, “Gandhiji and Freedom Struggle”, “Gandhiji and Sabarmati Ashram” and “Mahatma Gandhi and Nation Building”. Members of the teaching and non-teaching staff and a few foreign students participated and made the event successful.
Earlier in August’2020 under the leadership of the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. E. Suresh Kumar, a Symposium on Mahatma Gandhi was organized in association with different foreign Universities with whom the University has academic and research collaboration. The universities which participated in the symposium were University of Vechta, Oakton Community College, Chicago, Samarkand State University, Mzumbe University and Quebec Ministry of International Relations and La Francophonie,to name a few. There were lectures and discussions on topics like “Mahatma Gandhi from a European Perspective” by Prof. Burghart Schmidt,President University of Vechta Germany; “Paradoxes of Gandhian Non-violence” by Prof. Mohamed Mehdi,Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Oakton Community College, USA; “Critical Humanism and the quest for Humanity – Gandhi’s life as an example” by Prof. Oliver Kozlarek,Institute of Culture Sciences (Kulturwissenschaften) at Vechta University Germany; “The contribution and influence of Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of civil disobedience in the fight for democracy and human and civil rights in the world” by Prof. Frank Godlove Kilima, Mzumbe University Morogor Tanzania;“Mahatma Gandhi: The apostle of nonviolence” by Prof. Muhtor Nasirov, Vice-Rector Samarkhand State University Uzbekistan; and Mr. Francis Paradis, Director of the Québec Government Office in Mumbai and Mr. Jean-Philippe Dequen, Head of India desk, Quebec Ministry of International Relations and La Francophonie, Quebec spoke on “Gandhi and Quebec’.
The symposium was organized through Online Mode from August 24 to 29, which witnessed participation from students and faculty members from all over the world in appreciable numbers. (NSS)