Vallabh Vidyanagar was founded in 1946, when everyone in India had already begun to feel the strong fervour of freedom. The founders of Vallabh Vidyanagar had a grand vision -- progress for the society through education for the youth of rural India. Our founders had as their model the famous educational townships of Takshila and Nalanda, from the Golden Age in the history of India. And, over the next few decades, this vision of our founders was realized through team spirit, dedication and hard work.
Today, after more than half a century in the life of the township, we are at the threshold of another era. In this age of the Global Village, when global interdependence and competition are upon us, we must educate and train our youngsters to keep up and keep pace with the best and the brightest in the world. We must offer programmes of study appropriate to the modern age, we must maintain high standards of education -- and we must offer the opportunity of learning to youngsters from Gujarat, India and the world.
This is the mission to which Charutar Vidya Mandal, under my leadership, has dedicated itself. It gives me great pleasure to share our vision with our current and prospective students, patrons and colleagues. I invite all of you to join us on our journey towards a better future realized through education.