As the country celebrated the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi today, PES University commemorated the same in a very special way by unveiling the statue of Mahatma Gandhi on its Campus. An 8-foot tall and 40-inch wide bronze statue shipped from Porbandar the birth place of Bapuji was unveiled by His Excellency Sri Vajubhai Vala -Honourable Governor of Karnataka and Sri Suresh Kumar, Hon’ble Minister for Primary and Secondary Education in the august presence of Dr. M R Doreswamy – Chancellor, PES University and Prof. D Jawahar – Pro Chancellor, PES University. The unveiling was followed by garland ceremony at the Gandhiji Statue in OAT, followed by Bhajans of Mahatma Gandhiji and address by eminent guests. Over 2000 students, faculty, invitees and general public gathered to witness this very momentous occasion. While addressing the gathering, Sri Suresh Kumar extended wishes and thanks to Dr. M R Doreswamy on behalf of the people of Karnataka and State Government for erecting the statue of Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birthday. He said that it will help people to remember Mahatma Gandhiji as a true humanitarian. He thanked Dr. M.R. Doreswamy for adopting ten schools in the flood affected North Karnataka. Sri Vajubhai Vala congratulated and thanked Dr. M.R. Doreswamy for the coming up with a very apt idea of erecting a statue in the PES University premises. He said that the statue will spread the values and memories of Gandhi for generations on this campus. Further, the honourable Governor appreciated the PES University for inclusion of value added courses on Mahatma Gandhi ji, Swami Vivekananda and Sri M Visvesvaraya in the curriculum of University. He also appreciated the idea of including Yoga in the academic courses apart from hosting the International Yoga Day in mega scale every year. He recalled his presence at PES University on IYD. Hon’ble Governor applauded the “Education Service that Dr. M R Doreswamy is extending to society”. Sri Vajubhai Vala addressed the students and faculty members about the life and achievements of Gandhiji, and how the young generation could inculcate the Gandhian principles for the good. Gandhian principles are more relevant today where deterioration of values in society. Under Gandhiji’s leadership Country attained independence. However post independence he never aspired for any eminent positions like President or Prime Minister of the India. It is an unparallel event that has taken place in the world history. The youth of today should uphold the exemplary qualities / values demonstrated by Gandhiji like truth, non-violence and sacrifice. These are the qualities which should be emulated by the present generation. He appealed to read the literature which are available in plenty on Gandhiji and one of his associate Sardar Patel who handled effectively the integration of the princely states with his diplomatic skills and foresightedness. The problem of amalgamating 562 independent states with a democratic self-governing India was difficult and delicate. Today, PES University has set an example which is healthy to emulate by other institutions. He also appreciated the adoption of 10 government schools in north Karnataka. Sri S. Suresh Kumar, Honourable Minister- Primary and secondary education, Government of Karnataka unveiled the “The Slient Reflections”– Mega Scale Library with a Marvelous Architecture housed at 13 Floor of the B Block of PES University. He appreciated the architectural design and said that I am sure that Students would wish to stay back on campus to utilize such a facility. Dr M R Doreswamy made a suggestion to Sri S. Suresh Kumar regarding public examination system stating that commencing it from 8 th Standard is ideal and hon’ble minister endorsed the view of Dr M R Doreswamy. Dr. M R Doreswamy inaugurated the repository of Gandhiji, Swami Vivekananda and Sri M Visvesvaraya.