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Malaviya's birth anniversary to be commemorated

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Sat, Jan 07, 2012 14:30 hrs

New Delhi, Jan 7 (IANS) A national committee led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been set up to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of freedom fighter and educationist Madan Mohan Malaviya, a statement said Saturday.

The panel is planning to reprint popular books by Malaviya, translate them into different languages and organise lectures on him in universities across the country.

A National Implementation Committee (NIC) led by MP Karan Singh has been constituted to consider the proposals, the culture ministry said in a statement.

The committee comprises Minister for Culture Kumari Selja, Law Minister Salman Khurshid, MP Satish Chandra Mishra and several academic heavyweights.

One of the highlights of the programmes is an interfaith seminar involving Benaras Hindu University (BHU), which Malaviya founded, Aligarh Muslim University, Central University of Tibetan Studies, Osmania University and Ambedkar University.

An exhibition on the contribution of Malaviya to education will tour the country.

The committee is also considering a Malaviya Bhavan at BHU and the establishment of a Malaviya Memorial Library at Malaviya Smriti Bhawan in the capital.

Malaviya, born Dec 25, 1861, in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, is known for his role in the Indian independence movement. He was also the president of the Indian National Congress on four occasions.




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