In a momentous celebration, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi graced the 125th Founder’s Day of ‘The Scindia School’ in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, with his presence. The event was marked by significant announcements, a heartfelt tribute to the school’s illustrious history, and an inspiring address to the students.
The Prime Minister’s visit to the historic Gwalior Fort, where the school stands tall, was marked by several key moments. He laid the foundation stone for a ‘Multipurpose Sports Complex’ at the school, reflecting the government’s commitment to promoting sports and fitness among the youth. During the event, Prime Minister Modi also presented the school’s annual awards to distinguished alumni and top achievers, acknowledging their contributions and excellence.
The Scindia School, established in 1897, holds a special place in India’s educational landscape. To commemorate this milestone, the Prime Minister unveiled a commemorative postal stamp, underscoring the school’s rich history and the role it has played in shaping the lives of countless individuals.
In a touching tribute to the legacy of the region, the Prime Minister paid his respects at the statue of Shivaji Maharaj and toured an exhibition showcasing the area’s cultural and historical significance.
Addressing the gathered audience, Prime Minister Modi extended his congratulations on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of The Scindia School. He also celebrated the Foundation Day of Azad Hind Sarkar, emphasizing the proud history of Gwalior and the individuals who have emerged from this land as beacons of inspiration.
Reflecting on the significant role the Scindia family has played in preserving Indian culture and traditions, Prime Minister Modi recalled their contributions to Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and various cultural initiatives. He also acknowledged the Scindia family’s contributions in Gujarat through Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia and the Gaikawad family.
The Prime Minister highlighted the importance of long-term vision and commitment to the welfare of future generations, praising the efforts of Maharaja Madho Rao I, who not only established educational institutions but also a public transport system that remains operational as the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) even today.
Sharing his government’s approach, Prime Minister Modi emphasized that they had chosen to work with different time bands ranging from 2 to 20 years. This strategic approach has led to several key decisions and achievements, including the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir, the implementation of the One Rank One Pension for ex-servicemen, the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Triple Talaq Law, and the recent Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam.
The Prime Minister passionately encouraged the students of The Scindia School to dream big, asserting that they hold the key to shaping India’s destiny. He praised India’s growing global profile, citing achievements in space exploration, economic growth, fintech adoption, and more, and firmly stated that “nothing is impossible for India.”
Moreover, he urged students to explore new horizons in space and defense sectors and think innovatively. He drew parallels with the transformative initiatives of Shri Madhavrao in the railway sector and how they’ve evolved into successful ventures like the Vande Bharat and Namo Bharat trains.
Highlighting the unique house system at The Scindia School, based on Swaraj resolutions, the Prime Minister stressed the importance of inspiration in leadership. He concluded his address by challenging the students to take on nine significant tasks, including promoting water security awareness, cleanliness in Gwalior, ‘Made in India’ products, and the adoption of fitness as a lifestyle.
In his closing words, Prime Minister Modi affirmed, “Scindia School is not just an institution but a legacy,” praising the school’s commitment to its founder’s vision and wishing them a bright future.
The event witnessed the presence of esteemed dignitaries, including Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Mangubhai Patel, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan, and Union Ministers Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia, Narendra Singh Tomar, and Jitendra Singh, among others.
The 125th Founder’s Day of The Scindia School shall be remembered as an occasion filled with inspiration, hope, and a renewed commitment to shaping a better future for India.
Credits: Press Information Bureau, New Delhi