The guest lecture for the MIT-SOG batch of 2018 began at 1200 hours on the 7 th of July 2018. This year the Chief guest gracing the function was well known Gandhian activist and founding member of Ekta Parishad, Shri Rajagopal P V. He made time in his busy schedule so that he could address a new batch of the next political leaders of our country and advise them on the difficult (yet rewarding) path they have chosen for themselves.

The Chief guest arrived by 1200 and laid flowers on the Sant Dynaneshwar statue in the MIT campus. He was then ushered to our state of the art MIT-SOG library where he was treated to a film on MIT School of Governance and the Bhartiya Chhatra Sansad. After that he had a candid meeting with Shri Rahul Karad on matter concerning the state, politics and student initiatives. The meeting lasted over half an hour and was a refresher for all involved!

At around 1300 hours the Chief guest made his way to the MIT-SOG classroom where he was felicitated after being introduced by Prof Dr S Haridas, dean of MIT-SOG. All those present were then treated to a short film detailing the many achievement of Shri Rajagopal and were in awe of him even before the film ended! They were then treated on a lecture on ‘Economic Welfare through Gandhian Principals’, which is a great topic given the current economic and political scenario of our country. There was a Q&A session held afterwards where many of the students being inducted asked poignant and pertinent questions to Shri Rajagopal, who answered candidly, something that was very well received by the entire crowd present.

A vote of thanks, a group photograph and the National anthem concluded the festive event and then Shri Rajagopal was escorted to the office of Prof Dr Vishwanath Karad where they engaged in discussion before adjourning for a well-deserved lunch!


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