I feel immense pleasure in greeting Sh. Hanumantappa, President of the Convocation, Pro Vice-Chancellor Sh. R. F. Neeralkatti, special guest Sh. Kadiyam Shri Hari, Sh. Chintal Ramchandra Reddy, President Sh. P. Obaiah, Sh. Yalmandayya, Secretary of Andhra Pradesh & Telangana Sh. C. S. Hosgodar, Principal Secretary Sh. S. Jairaj, all the members of the Sabha and the students who received degrees in the 16th Rashtra Bhasha Visharad and Rashtra Bhasha Praveen annual convocation being held in Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha.
Hindi Prachar Sabha, an institution of national importance, was founded by respected Mahatma Gandhi. Hindi has played a historical role in the development of unity, integrity and linguistic harmony of India. For the unification of the nation there is no element more powerful than the language acceptable to all. Actually, Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha was established to achieve this noble objective. Since then it is continuously working in this direction till today.
The Sabha has been working relentlessly for a long time to perfectly discharge its responsibility of educating and teaching through Hindi medium at national level securing the cultural heritage and social culture of India.
The office of Dakshin Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha was established in Vijaywada in 1936 and the freedon fighter Sh. Kanda Venketappayya Pantulu, Andhra kesari Sh. Tangturi Prakasham Pantulu, Sh. Bejwad Gopalreddy, Swami Ramanand Thirth have done great job as the president of the Sabha. Today, this Sabha is providing a golden opportunity to more than two lakh students to appear in Hindi exam thereby benefitting lacs of students.
Hindi is getting to strengthen itself gradually and Dakshin Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha has been resonating the voice of Hindi in the entire country. It is heartening to know that Hindi Prachar Sabha has not only been propagating Hindi but it has also prepared a large number of Hindi Teachers, Translators and Publicists. Every nook and corner of South India is illuminating under the light of Hindi.
Today we are celebrating 16th convocation ceremony of Dakshin Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha of Andhra and Telengana State to award Visharad degrees and I am feeling very happy to be present here among all of you. Standing here I am reminded of the lines said by Bapuji wherein he had said that no country is independent in the true sense, until and unless it speaks in its own language. The languages of different States of India may be their official languages but it is only Hindi which acts as the foundation in the perspective of nation and nationality.
I congratulate the students present here and have come here to receive the degrees of Rashtrabhasha Visharad and Rashtrabhasha Praveen in hindi, the official language of India. I wish that the objective of the Sabha may serve your objective as well.
At last, on this pious occasion, I would like to remember all those who have put in their unprecedented contribution in initiating the propagation of Hindi in South India and taking it to such a prosperous state where it stands today.
I once again extend my best wishes for a bright future to all the students who have been conferred their degrees.