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Sayajirao Gaikwad supported talented people from underprivileged sections: Kovind

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Vadodara, January 22, 2018

President Ram Nath Kovind today said Maharaja Sayajirao Gaikwad, who founded the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda for promoting high-quality education, had supported and encouraged talented people from the underprivileged sections of society, including Dr B R Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian Constitution.
Addressing the 66th convocation of the University here, Mr Kovind said at that time, there were very few people with such an expansive vision as the Maharaja.
He appreciated the efforts of the University for institutionalising fellowships for students from economically weaker sections. Contributions of the students towards the development of those from a deprived and underprivileged background would be consistent with the ideals of Sayajirao, he added.
Later in the day, the President attended the 150th anniversary of Akshar Deri, a major site of pilgrimage for the Swaminarayan sect in Gondal.
Mr Kovind noted that the Swaminarayan Sanstha is engaged in providing assistance to spread education among weaker sections. Similarly, it is providing health services for the welfare of people. He praised the humanitarian work of the organisation.
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