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Modern Nalanda University should be flag bearer for the coexistence of multiple views, thoughts and philosophies: President Mukherjee
President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, while addressing the First Convocation of Nalanda University and laying of the foundation stone of its campus at Nalanda, Rajgir in Bihar, said that in modern Nalanda, there should be no room for intolerance, prejudice and hatred within its spaces besides being the flag bearer for the coexistence of multiple views, thoughts and philosophies.

"The lesson for modern Nalanda is to ensure that this great tradition finds new life and vigour within its precincts. Universities must be the bastions of free speech and expression. It must be the arena where diverse and conflicting schools of thought contend," stated Mukherjee.

Extending his heartiest congratulations to the for good work by former Chancellor Professor Amartya Sen, the present Chancellor Mr George Yeo, members of the Governing Board and all others connected with the institution, he congratulated the first batch of graduating students and wished them all success in the years to come.

He urged the staff and the students to 'be universalist in its outlook, open to currents of thought and practice from around the globe, and respond to the needs of a world'.

"Nalanda conveyed the message of friendship, cooperation, debate, discussion and argument. Discussion and debate are part of our ethos and life. They cannot be done away with. Universities and higher education institutions are the best forums for debate, discussion and free exchange of views," he told the gathering.

"Nalanda stands as a symbol of inclusion, harmony, peace, knowledge, inspiration, creativity and innovation. I call upon the faculty and students to internalise these values and instill them in everyone whose lives they touch," he exhorted.

The full text of the convocational address is available on the PIB website.

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