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Visva lines up events to spread bard’s word

- Boost for tagore study

Santiniketan, Sept. 23: Visva-Bharati will organise debates, discussions, seminars and workshop on founder Rabindranath Tagore from this year to spread the poet’s ideology among students of other universities in India.

As a first step, the varsity yesterday held a debate competition which was attended by students from various universities in the state.

“Our university has a responsibility to spread the poet’s ideology universally. So, we have decided to enrich students of other universities through these types of programmes. We know that a study on Tagore is not mandatory for students of other universities,” said Amrit Sen, the spokesperson for the university.

Students of Visva-Bharati have to study Tagore’s biography and ideology, right from the school to the under-graduate and post-graduation levels.

“We can’t force any other university to start a course on Tagore. So, at a meeting with the vice-chancellor, we decided to spread Tagore’s ideology through various programmes,” said a university official.

He added: “We will organise debates, seminars and workshops on Tagore and invite students of various universities across the country. We think we will be able to propagate Tagore’s ideals and his works through this process.”

Varsity officials said Visva-Bharati might approach other universities to hold seminars and workshops on Tagore if its own programmes got a good response.

Tagore researchers appreciated the initiative by Visva-Bharati to spread the bard’s ideas and life to the entire country. “Visva-Bharati is doing its duty. It is no doubt a very good initiative by the varsity authorities. But they have understand that Tagore’s all works should be translated into English. Otherwise, it won’t be possible for the students across the country to grasp Tagore’s ideals,” said Amitra Sudan Bhattacharya, former Tagore professor at Visva-Bharati.