On 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and International Day of Non-Violence, SRMS Trust observed the 30th death anniversary of Shri Ram Murti JI at a commemoration program organized in SRMS College of Engineering & Technology, Bareilly. The Trust also paid homage to Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri on his birth anniversary.
The chief guests Mr. Ram Sharan Verma, Successful & Influential Farmer and Mr. Kumar Keshav, MD, Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. were honoured by Mr. Dev Murti Ji (Chairman, SRMS Trust). Mr. Verma has developed a new tissue culture technique which has increased production many times over. As Director of Lucknow Metro, Mr. Kumar Keshav, an alumnus of IIT-Kanpur and IIT-Roorkee, is leading a dream project of the people of Uttar Pradesh.
The program started with a speech by Prof. Ashish Kumar, SRMS CET, Barielly who spoke about the freedom fighter, former Uttar Pradesh minister, and former parliamentarian Shri Ram Murti Ji. How, at a young age, Shri Murti went to prison inspired by the love for his motherland, how he continued the fight against the British, and why Mahatma Gandhi was his lifetime ideal and inspiration.
Paying tribute to Shri Ram Murti JI, Ruchi sang the bhajan ‘Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kaahiye’ while students of SRMS College of Engineering & Technology (Bareilly), SRMS College of Engineering, Technology & Research (Bareilly), SRMS Institute of Medical Sciences (Bareilly), and SRMS College of Nursing (Bareilly) presented a selection of devotional songs.
In his speech, Mr. Dev Murti Ji (Chairman, SRMS Trust) paid homage to his father and spoke about the contribution of Shri Ram Murti SmarakTrust which was established in 1990. Promoting education and research in engineering and technology, medicine, the humanities, science, and management, the Trust engages in a range of social and charitable activities.
The Trust offers scholarships worth INR 3 crores to meritorious students. It also encourages creative pursuits by organizing competitions in debating, story writing, and other activities. The Trust has had significant achievements in medicine, with initiatives like hospital-on-wheel (since 2015) and mobile telemedicine bus (since 2017) providing medical treatment facilities. The Trust has established a charitable school and offers free vocational training to the underprivileged youth, medical services, and pharmacy facilities. Mr Murti also shared the Trust’s vision for the future. Among other initiatives, a Think Lab will be established to fund innovative projects and a Heal and Care centre will be started in Lucknow.
Mr. Shishir Agarwal, Income Tax Commissioner, Uttar Pradesh discussed the benefits of education while addressing the students. Education being the backbone of society, he urged students to make full use of the infrastructural facilities and intellectual capital at hand to achieve their values and goals in life. Given the changing needs of society, he underlined the need to pursue learning beyond the prescribed syllabus to become responsible and disciplined citizens. Appreciating the scholarship system, he inspired students to follow the footsteps of world leaders who have contributed to the greater good of society.
On this special occasion, SRMS Trust awarded scholarships worth INR 3 crores to 739 students. This corpus of scholarships is one of the largest by a single trust in India. Also, prizes were given to the winners of the debate and story writing competitions. The commemoration program came to an end with Mr. Subhash Mehra (Administrator, SRMS Trust) delivering the Vote of Thanks.