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Universities should hold surveys, rank religious institutions

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called upon the global and national universities to conduct surveys and rank religious institutions that are involved in the transformation of society, on lines of colleges and hospitals.

Published: 30th October 2017 02:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th October 2017 07:52 AM   |  A+A-

Prime Minister Narendra Modi receiving ‘prasadam’ after offering pooja at Dharmastala Manjunatheshwara temple on Sunday

By Express News Service

UJIRE (DAKSHINA KANNADA): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called upon the global and national universities to conduct surveys and rank religious institutions that are involved in the transformation of society, on lines of colleges and hospitals.Recalling the contributions of Dharmasthala Dharmadikhari Veeredra Heggade to society, he said the world should know about it and such recognition will be a matter of pride for the country. Universities should conduct research on how these religious institutions help in carrying forward the culture and traditions for generations, their financial management in a transparent manner, how they brought changes in society from time to time, he said.

He described Heggade as a tireless karmayogi who has dedicated himself to the welfare of  society and said 50 years of service is not a small thing. He wondered how Heggade can always wear a smile on his face despite shouldering a huge responsibility. The event also marked the 50th anniversary of Heggade’s coronation as Dharmadhikari.

Modi, who also launched ‘Preserve mother earth and transfer to the next generation’ campaign on the occasion, asked the SKDRDP to focus on water conservation and bring down the use of fertilisers to half in surrounding places stating that it will be a big service to mother earth.

Include Tulu in Eighth Schedule: Heggade to PM
Ujire (Dakshina Kannada): Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari Veerendra Heggade urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to include Tulu in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution saying the language is still to get its due. Delivering his speech, Heggade welcomed Modi in Tulu before making the request. He hailed Modi saying: “You have brought the government much closer to the people. Today, the whole country is feeling a sense of oneness. In the last three years, there is a feel of change in India. You have created a Jagruth Bharath.” Heggade started his speech chanting ‘Om Shri Manjunathaya Namo Namaha’ several times in which he pointed at PM Modi while saying ‘Namo’. 

Ujire turns saffron
Ujire, Dharmasthala, Belthangady and all roads that led to Ujire had turned saffron on Sunday with BJP flags and saffron buntings erected all over.
Modi chants
A huge crowd of more than 50,000 people cheered for the PM with chants of ‘Modi, Modi’. His 40-minute long speech was well received with thunderous clapping and chants of ‘Modi, Modi’.

Modi Darshan
Modi, who arrived at Mangaluru International Airport, went straight to Shri Manjunatheshwara Temple in Dharmasthala where he had darshan along with other ministers before heading to Ujire. Food and civil supplies minister U T Khader welcomed him on his arrival at airport.

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