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Toronto, Jun 14 (Canadian-Media): In honor of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, a tree plantation ceremony was organized by Dinesh Bhatia, Consul General of India, Toronto, and David Agnew, president at Seneca College Newnham Campus, Toronto, Ontario on June 12 at 2 pm.
Other members present at the ceremony were staff from Dinesh Bhatia's office, Prashant Srivastava, Director, South Asia Seneca International, and a delegation of 47 Government of India officers from the National Institute of Financial Management (NIFM) Faridabad undergoing international training at Seneca College.
Tree Plantation ceremony at Seneca College by David Agnew (left) & Dinesh Bhatia (right)
After this tree plantation ceremony everyone proceeded to the lecture hall. Prashant Srivastava in his introductory speech said that Mahatma Gandhi, popularly known as the Father of India, had inspired many international leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr. with his teachings and his life and considered him as their mentor. Prashant then added Gandhi’s teaching of non-violence resonated not only in India but throughout the world.
David Agnew was next invited to present his views. He said Gandhi was an inspiring teacher and his teachings are universal. He said he was honored with the art of celebration of tree plantation ceremony at Seneca College. He acknowledged Dinesh’s contribution to the growth of the India-Seneca College collaboration. From his very first day as Consul General India, Toronto, tens of thousands of Indian students reached out to Bhatia. He added that Dinesh had given a brief exposure of Canada and a large exposure of the Indo-Canadian community. He also said Prashant’s program was extraordinary not only in the class but also culturally. In the end, he gave the message to the NIFM students that they should live each day as if they are going to die tomorrow.
David Agnew addressing the NFIM students
Dinesh in his speech welcomed NIFM students and said that sometimes events in our lives happen differently to what we plan but we should always be acceptable and adaptable to different circumstances and thankful to God that whatever happens is for our betterment and that is what life is. He said the NIFM students’ main purpose is to observe and take the best practice from Toronto back to their system in India and improvise their country. They should spread knowledge and create a social understanding of the people around them and make their country even greater. He added that all of us have a responsibility towards the govt of India.
Dinesh Bhatia addressing the NFIM students
It was announced after these speeches that more short term courses of three-week duration would be introduced in Seneca College. Of these three weeks, two weeks would be done in India and one week in Seneca, Toronto. The introduction of these new courses would provide opportunities for all the NFIM students present there to come again in Toronto.
Dinesh Bhatia then joined David Agnew to award certificates and felicitate 47 NFIM students present there, on their successful completion of international training at Seneca College.
David Agnew and Dinesh Bhatia presenting certificates to NFIM students.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)