Ancient Indian teachings should be incorporated with modern education: Dalai Lama

Shimla/March 19
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Wednesday stressed on the need to inculcate ancient Indian teachings with modern education for the welfare of society and mankind as a whole. He was addressing students and faculty members of Himachal Pradesh University on the occasion of XXI Convocation here today.
“India is a very rich country full of educational knowledge and wisdom and there is an urgent need of harnessing that, especially by the youths of the country for educational prosperity,” Dalai Lama said.
Dalai Lama said that students should use the knowledge gathered for the welfare of society and their real achievement lies in using the knowledge with wisdom.
Tibetan spiritual leader stressed the need of traditional education system for transforming a realistic society which in return gives new heights to the philosophy of the Gurus. “Even I am a follower of ancient Indian Gurus and I have used the knowledge to fight problems in life,” he said.
He said that India was a flourished democratic setup which has paved a way for peace, progress and stability throughout the world.
“The three big civilizations, Indus Valley, Indian and Chinese civilizations in the world has given new vistas to the phrase of humanity and incidentally all of them lies in the Asian continent,” he said.
He added that the ancient Indian language Sanskrit has contributed a lot to the educational platform in the society and there was an urgent need to study Sanskrit and understand the values in-depth enshrined in the Sanskrit literature.
Dalai Lama was also conferred with honorary Doctor of Letters Degree by Governor Urmila Singh along with Dr R K Pauchari for Inter-Governmental Panel for Climate Change during 2007. Renowned historian Prof S R Mehrotra was also conferred with Honorary D.Lit Degree in Social Sciences while Dr Priyadarshani R Kalara was conferred Honorary Ph.D. Degree in Medical Sciences.
HPU convocation was attended by Prof K G Shrivastva, former Allahabad University Vice-Chancellor, Prof J L Kaul, Vice-Chancellor Vikram Vishawavidyalaya Ujjain, Prof S R Mehrotra, Ravi Thakur, Chairman, National Tribal Commission, Members of the Executive Council and Director General of Police Sanjay Kumar.