Jugnauth advocates strong ties between India-Mauritius
Advocating strong bonds between India and Mauritius, President of the island nation Aneerood Jugnauth today said his country, like India owes its liberation to Mahatma Gandhi.
Attributing the liberation of Mauritius to 'Gandhiji', he said, "the awesome courage" with which the 'Father of the Nation' led India to freedom had inspired his country as well.
Expressing gratitude to 'Bapu', the Mauritian President said Gandhiji not only fought for independence of India from the British rule but in a way for the liberation of Mauritius as well.
"We learnt how to fight for our rights from Gandhiji".
The Mauritian President was presented KISS Humanitarian Award for 2010 at the premier Kalinga Institute for Social Sciences (KISS) for his contribution to society.
Jugnauth was also felicitated at a special public ceremony in the presence of Orissa's Finance Minister Prafulla Ghadai, Higher Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra and MP Pyari Mohan Mohapatra at Jaydev Bhavan.
Asking students to be patriotic for the country, he said for the last 42 years, the Republic of Mauritius was giving stress on education as the government considered that education was the best investment.
"Education is the best investment for a country and they should be taught about new technology," he said, adding, from school to university level, students are given free education along with free transport, in Mauritius.
Turning to KISS, he said the people of Mauritius would appreciate the efforts by the institute as all its students were tribals and imparted free education.
Hailing the efforts of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and KISS, Jugnauth said the founder Achyuta Samanta deserved kudos.
Source: MSN India
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