CHENNAI, Aug 12
In a first in any Indian academic institution, a Centre of Child Rights will be established at SRM Institute of Science and Technology in partnership with the Dr Kailash Satyarthi Foundation.
Nobel Laureate and child rights activist Dr Kailash Satyarthi on his maiden visit to SRM Institute of Science and Technology Campus near Chennai on Monday invited the students and faculty of the Institute to join the Foundation’s 100 million campaign to eradicate child labour and slavery and declared that he was prepared to set up an office in the campus.
This would be the foundation’s third office after London and Delhi.
SRM Institute of Science and Technology president Dr P Satyanarayanan said the Centre will act as a nodal unit which would make SRM Institute of Science and Technology the first educational entity in the country to start a Child Rights Centre in association with the Dr Kailash Satyarthi Foundation.
He presented a miniature model of the SRM nano satellite to Dr Satyarthi and a plant in an earthen pot.
Earlier, the Nobel Laureate planted a sapling in the SRM Institute of Science and Technology grounds.
In his keynote address on “Youth and Compassion” to more than 4,000 students at the Dr T P Ganesh auditorium. Dr Satyarthi said he wanted SRM Institute of Science and Technology to be the first Indian university to lead the global 100 million campaign for social transformation. “
"You my young friends can be the driver of change. Change is not outside; it is inside you. You are the Change,” he said while inviting the students to play a larger global role of being a spokesperson and voice of child labour.
SRM Institute of Science and Technology president Dr P Satyanarayanan described, Satyarthi was “India’s Abraham Lincoln” while alluding to the late US President’s effort to abolish black slavery.
Vice Chancellor Dr Sandeep Sancheti welcomed the gathering after which students made a presentation of their social welfare projects.
PRO Vice Chancellor Dr T P Ganesan and Dr R Balasubramanian were present on the occasion.