Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated a month-long programme, ‘Kashi Tamil Sangamam’, in Varanasi to rediscover, reaffirm and celebrate age-old links between Tamil Nadu and Kashi – two of the country’s most important and ancient seats of learning.
The programme was organised by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with other ministries like culture, textiles, railways, tourism, food processing, information and broadcasting, and the Uttar Pradesh government.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates ‘Kashi Tamil Sangamam’ in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.(Source: DD) pic.twitter.com/ShHHhvgFLI
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“The programme aims to provide an opportunity for scholars, students, philosophers, traders, artisans, artists and people from other walks of life from the two regions to come together, share their knowledge, culture and best practices and learn from each others’ experience,” a senior Ministry of Education (MoE) official said.
“The endeavour is in sync with the new National Education Policy 2020’s emphasis on integrating the wealth of Indian knowledge systems with modern systems of knowledge.
“IIT Madras and the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) are the two implementing agencies for the programme,” the official added.
More than 2,500 delegates from Tamil Nadu under 12 categories such as students, teachers, literature, culture, artisans, spiritual, heritage, business, entrepreneurs, and professionals will be visiting Varanasi on an eight-day tour.
“They will participate in seminars and site visits in special programmes curated for each of the 12 categories to interact with local people of the same trade, profession and interest. The delegates will also visit places of interest in and around Varanasi, including Prayagraj and Ayodhya.
Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday took stock of the preparations and stressed that the event being held in the Prime Minister’s Constituency will be wonderful and historic.
(With inputs from PTI)