Mumbai, Oct 2 (UNI) To commemorate the 138th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi and the International Non-Violence Day as declared by United Nations, some 9,000 volunteers of National Service Scheme (NSS), National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets, Scouts and Guides and students from SNDT and Mumbai University and other schools today took the pledge to resolve all differences through dialogue and Constitutional means and strive to establish peace in the world.
The hour-long programme was organised by the Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal and Public Concern for Governance Trust along with the NSS, NCC, sports and culture units of SNDT and Mumbai University at the Mumbai University Stadium today.
The main theme of the programme was to raise awareness about non-violence, tolerance, full respect for all human rights and fundamental freedom for all, democracy, development, mutual understanding and respect of diversity among the young generation.
The programme started with Gandhiji's bhajans and peace songs followed by the speeches of the invited Mumbai University Acting Vice Chancellor Arun Sawant, SNDT University Pro Vice Chancellor (Prof) S Mantha and PCGT Executive Chairman Julio Ribeiro.
While Pro-Vice Chancellor of SNDT University and Vice-Chancellor of Mumbai University addressed the youth on the significance of non-violence and Gandhian thoughts, Mr Ribeiro highlighted the importance of the Right to Information Act (RTI) in tackling corruption.