Remembering one of the world’s foremost philosopher-statesmen Dr Radhakrishnan during the one-day ‘Extension programme and special lecture series,’ organised by Dr Radhakrishnan Centre for Philosophy and Indian Culture on Sunday, University of Mysore (UoM) Vice Chancellor Prof K S Rangappa said that his philosophies and teachings were still relevant and were adopted across the world.
Prof Rangappa felt the need to further propagate his philosophies and his concept of the education system to the younger generation. “There is a fear of his philosophies and teachings fading away in the coming years if the coming generation is not told about his persona and contribution. There ought to be national conferences in his name and his books should be translated in all the languages for effective outreach,” he observed.
Prof Rangappa was specific about the translation work of his books into Kannada language stating the language is read and understood by many people. He also urged the Dr Radhakrishnan Centre for Philosophy and Indian Culture to hold monthly programmes on Dr Radhakrishnan.
Recalling his years as a philosophy professor at the University of Mysore between 1918 and 1921, Prof Rangappa said “It was a proud moment that a professor of the university went on to become the first Vice President and second President of India.”
Dr Radhakrishnan’s bust unveiled
On the occasion, a bust of Dr Radhakrishnan was unveiled at the centre by Prof Rangappa. After unveiling the bust, Prof Rangappa, however, felt that the bust would have been installed at the centre long back as he was a professor at the university.
Retired UoM professor K S Anantharamu delivered a special lecture on Dr Radhakrishnan. Swami Shantivratananda of Ramakrishna Mutt, Bengalauru, was present.