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Banasthali Celebrates 87th Birthday of Dada Prof Diwakar Shastri

04-20-2019 05:50 AM CET | Science & Education

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Banasthali Celebrates 87th Birthday of Dada Prof Diwakar Shastri

Banasthali Celebrates 87th Birthday of Dada Prof Diwakar Shastri

By nurturing Banasthali which is today one among the most sought after and top ranking women’s universities in India with global ranking, Prof Diwakar Shastri known to one and all as “Dada” built capacities for the spirit of inquiry, creativity and moral leadership among the enrolled girl students and became their role models.

Known for his dignified unassuming personality, gleaming intellect, meticulous planning, deep regard for punctuality, far reaching vision and dynamic leadership, Dada indeed made an indelible mark in the field of education and women empowerment at Banasthali.

Born on 09 Jan 1932, Prof Diwakar Shastri completed his education from Delhi School of Economics and played a stellar role in shaping the finances of Banasthali, introduced several new courses and championed the cause of wearing Khadi by everyone in the campus. To mark his 87th birthday, Banasthali organized a three day celebrations during 8-10 Jan 2019.

The celebrations started on 08 Jan 209 with industry doyen Sri Mridu Hari Dalmia’s talk on Nirog Banasthali which was attended by all faculty and thousands of students. He emphasized on good practices of exercise and eating habits to keep healthy. The evening of same day had a mesmerizing Mohan Veena performance by Grammy Award winning Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt for whom music is the medium to talk to God.

On 09 Jan 2019, the new class rooms of Sharda Mandir and the Innovation Hub to trigger unusual ideas by nexgen students were inaugurated by Vice Chancellor Prof Aditya Shastri and other dignitaries. The day also had a special broadcast dedicated to Dadaji by FM Radio Banasthali. Team Banasthali which bagged top ranking honours at National Youth Festival had Victory Rally across the campus followed by a grand felicitation ceremony for each one of the medal winners.

The last day 10 Jan 2019 had inauguration of state of the art indoor sports stadium and the celebrations ended with an unforgettable music program at Sur Mandir auditorium by Pandit Parimal Chakravorty renowned Tabla player and Pandit Kewalya Kumar Gaurav of Kirana Gharana.

The students and faculty who attended Dadaji Birthday Celebrations left with beaming faces and pride that they were indeed part of an institution which is a jewel in the crown among the women’s universities not only in India today but across the globe.

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About Banasthali: Established in 1935, the Institution which is also the largest fully residential women’s university in the world has played a big role in revolutionizing women’s education and empowerment in India for the last eight decades. Banasthali has scripted numerous success stories in a wide range of fields, and stands tall among the citadels of learning in India today. Proud to be Banasthali alumni who call themselves as Banasthalites can be found in all latitudes, longitudes and altitudes in all walks of life across the globe. Banasthali has the pride of being chosen as a Faculty Development Centre under the MHRD Govt of India Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT) as well as for hosting Atal Incubation Centre (AIC) by NITI Aayog Apart from various National Rankings which include India Today #2, FICCI University of the year 2015, NAAC A grade, MHRD NIRF 29, in recent past, Banasthali has been in national and international media attention for getting Quacquarelli Symonds QS Asia University Ranking, QS BRICS Ranking, Diamond status under QS i-Gauge Indian University Rating and the overall Four Star Ranking in - QS Stars Rated for Excellence with 5 Stars for each for Teaching, Employability, Facilities, Arts & Culture and Inclusiveness.

Banasthali Vidyapith
Banasthali Rajasthan – 304022
Phone 91 1438 228456 / 228341

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