Last updated: 09 July 2022, 15:23 IST
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Friday urged the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mumbai to name the newly built international student hostel after freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. The governor, who is also the chancellor of public universities in the state, inaugurated the new hostel building on the university’s Kalina campus here.
He also inaugurated the new exam building, the knowledge center and the girls’ hostel. “The University of Mumbai was founded in 1857, the year India fought its first war of independence against the colonial rulers,” Koshyari said, citing Savarkar who had described the uprising against the British as the “first war of independence.”
“Naming the international student hostel after Savarkar will increase the respect for India in the hearts and minds of students,” he said. The governor further said that the university should not only provide education but also instill the values of sanskriti and sanskar (culture) in students.
He also expressed the hope that an international sports complex at the university will soon be sanctioned. The international student hostel can accommodate 146 students, while the girls’ hostel can accommodate 144 students.
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