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Dr. Pramod Watkar, Professor and Head, Department of Gandhian Thoughts, Rashtra Sant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur delivered a speech on “Mahatma Gandhi and Khadi” at GTC, Nagpur

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In compliance to the directives received from Head Office regarding commemorating 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi during January, 2019 to 2nd October 2019, Ginning Training Centre, ICAR-CIRCOT, Nagpur invited   Dr. Pramod Watkar, Professor and Head, Department of Gandhian Thoughts, Rashtra Sant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur for delivering a speech on “Mahatma Gandhi and Khadi” on Aug 26, 2019. 

The program began with ICAR song, Dr. S.K.Shukla, Officer Incharge, GTC, Nagpur welcomed Dr. Watkar by presenting a Rose sapling for plantation. Speaking on this occasion, Dr. Watkar said that Mahatma Gandhi advocated peace and non-violence during a period, which was mired by ultra-nationalism, gross inequalities, and brutalities on colonized societies. He stated that many of us had believe that Gandhism is too idealistic to be practiced in present days. However, we have examples of Martin Luther King Junior and Nelson Mandela, two great leaders who followed Gandhian principles successfully. Addressing the staff in the audience, Dr. Watkar stressed that Mahatma Gandhi was not born great but he achieved greatness because he had faith in self, he was persistent and he learnt from his mistakes. Dr. Watkar spoke that Mahatma Gandhi was a religious person and believed in equal respect for all religions. He had many Christian and Muslim friends, as well as was heavily influenced by Jainism in his youth. It was his conviction that nothing enduring can be built on violence. 

He said that Gandhi’s principles could be solution to the religious extremism and terrorism being witnessed worldwide. Mahatma Gandhi stressed on moral education, community work and struggle against political and social oppression. Dr. Watkar further stated that cleanliness and sanitation was very close to heart of Mahatma Gandhi. It is therefore apt that Government of India launched ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ or ‘Clean India Mission’ on his birth anniversary in 2014 with the objective of providing adequate sanitation across India. Mahatma Gandhi always emphasized on adoption of Indian made products and he used Khadi to his entire life.  

He also state that during the early first two decades of twentieth century, cotton was exported  and re-imported to India as costly finished cloth. The handloom weavers were severely affected duet to this and their economic conditions were poor. In 1918, Mahatma Gandhi started Khadi movement with the ideology of spinning and weaving at village level and to boycott the foreign cloth. The ideology was to create self government and self reliance and to uplift the economic conditions of rural masses.

Commemorating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandh, Ginning Training Centre,(ICAR-CIRCOT), Nagpur organized a series of events

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In compliance to the directive received from the Head Office regarding commemorating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi during January, 2019 to 2nd October, 2019, Ginning Training Centre (ICAR-CIRCOT), Nagpur organized a series of events during the period. The Gandhi Jayanti was celebrated with great reverence on 2nd of October, 2019 at GTC by organizing cleanliness drive in office premises and conducting elocution competition on “Mahatma Gandhi’s Valuable Thoughts”. 

All GTC staff participated enthusiastically in the elocution competition. All the participants highlighted the principles and teachings of Gandhiji. Shri U. D. Devikar, ACTO bagged the first prize while Shri R. D. Shambharkar, Steno and Er. D. U. Patil, CTO got 2nd and 3rd prizes, respectively. Dr. S. V. Ghadge, Pr. Scientist spoke in length about life of Gandhiji and in his noble thoughts that shaped the Indian freedom struggle. In his Chairman’s speech, Dr. S.K. Shukla, Officer-in-Charge and Principal Scientist, recollected the teachings of Gandhi and the sacrifices made by him for his principles and freedom struggle. The programme ended with vote of thanks by Er. D.U. Patil, CTO.

 

Ginning Training Centre (ICAR-CIRCOT), Nagpur conducted a visit to the Mahatma Gandhi Ashram at Sevagram, Wardha on 25th September 2019.

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In compliance to the directives received from the Head Office regarding commemorating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi during January 2019 to 2nd October 2019, Ginning Training Centre (ICAR-CIRCOT), Nagpur conducted a visit to the Mahatma Gandhi Ashram at Sevagram, Wardha on 25th September 2019.

A team of four GTC staff members comprising of Dr. S.V. Ghadge, Principal Scientist, Er. D.U. Patil, CTO, Shri. B.V. Shirsath, Technical Officer & Shri. R.D. Shambharkar, Steno visited the Ashram and collected information on Gandhi ji’s life and his teachings. The team went around the beautiful and serene campus having a number of old houses used by Gandhi ji. The lush green campus is interspersed with large open spaces in between where plantations have been made by various dignitaries during their visit to the Ashram. There is a rainwater harvesting structure in one corner, where a pit filled with stones, bricks and plant debris is used for soaking water of infiltration.

Just at the entrance of the premises are a Book Stall and Khadi Store where many books and handloom products are available. Gandhi ji used to promote khadi- handloom clothes spun using simple spinning wheels, called charkhas. Our technical team, being experts in the matter, helped fix one of the out-of-order hand charkhas, which is kept there for visitors for trying their hand at spinning the cotton fibre.

Inside, the Ashram houses a museum, Gandhi-Kuti, ADI Niwas, BA-Kuti and an Exhibition Hall. It is a treasure trove, having a large number of original manuscripts of Gandhiji’s letters and articles. The library has around 500 books, 155 letters of felicitation received by Gandhiji besides miscellaneous memorabilia comprising coins and postal stamps.

The visit to Gandhi ashram was not only an eye-opener but it also helped us get a good feel of Gandhiji’s simple life and great thoughts and what they mean for everybody in today's world. There are display boards and walls showing a lot of interesting quotes by Gandhiji and the relevance of them is timeless. The ones we liked were on Ashram Observances, Education- Cleanliness of the mind and body is the first step to education and Eating- One should not eat in order to please the palate but just to keep the body going. The Ashram was a human laboratory where Gandhiji could test his moral and spiritual ideas. It is a family not linked by blood or property, but by an allegiance to common ideals which include education, truth (non-violence and love), control of the palate (no liquor or meat), no stealing, non-possession (simple living high thinking), use of homemade articles, conquer of fear and the eradication of untouchability. Currently, the activities at the ashram include keeping contact with people in the field as well as helping and undertaking study and research in Gandhian thought.

There is a guided tour which starts with brief details for the location of Ashram, its history, its activities and above all the mantra of Mahatma Gandhi of maintaining a diary for daily activities and wearing at least one pair of handspun khadi garment. Our visit to Gandhi Ashram was very useful because we came to learn a lot of things about Gandhiji and his thoughts to be implemented in our daily life. We very strongly recommended that everybody visit this ashram to find peace and tranquillity.

National Conference on “Value addition to Crop Residues of Natural Fibres” on December 4, 2019 at ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai

Indian Fibre Society (IFS) and ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology ICAR-CIRCOT) is jointly organising "National Conference on “Value addition to Crop residues of natural fibres” on December 4, 2019.

Venue : ICAR-CIRCOT, Matunga, Mumbai – 400019

 

Important Dates:

Submission of Abstracts: October 25, 2019

Notification of Acceptance: October 30, 2019

Submission of Full Paper: November 10, 2019

Author’s Registration: November 15, 2019

 

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