President Ram Nath Kovind, on Monday, graced and addressed the alumni association conference and annual day function of his alma mater BNSD Inter college and Shiksha Niketan. During the inaugural ceremony, President Kovind felicitated his former teachers Pyare Lal (98), Hari Ram Kapoor (92) and TN Tandon (86).
Taking to Twitter, President shared a video of the heartfelt moment as he felicitated his former teachers on the dais and interacted with them, saying that he was 'honoured to visit his alma mater'.
During his younger days, President Kovind studied in both the institutions - BNSD Inter college and Shiksha Niketan in Kanpur.
In a separate arrangement, President Kovind inaugurated the centenary celebrations of the DAV College on Monday. Addressing the students at the DAV College, President Kovind paid tributes to martyred CRPF jawan Shyam Babu from Kanpur Dehat along with the other 39 personnel who died in the Pulwama terror attack. He also paid tributes to social reformer Swami Dayanand Saraswati, who had played a leading role in the cultural awakening of the masses in the 19th century.
Later, he spoke about changing face of the technology and development in India and sharing a memoir from his school days.
"You have to face new challenges. We have to utilize the new instruments of technology for development and move ahead. I still remember how difficult it was at that time (1960) to get admission in this college. For a poor student like me, it was not easy to pursue studies and stay in Kanpur. But, the guidance and assistance of teachers and the government scholarship helped me to move ahead in life," he said.
President Kovind also said that his father too had studied at the same college and was a classmate of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.