the blessings and guidance of Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Bochasanwasi
Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) is currently active
in a wide range of earthquake rehabilitation services.
On 17 May 2002, in Gujarat, a special dedication assembly was held
in Surendranagar, in which 18 schools reconstructed by BAPS were presented
to the people by Pramukh Swami Maharaj. Over 8,000 people attended
the assembly in which Swamishri presented the name plaques of the
reconstructed schools to the school and village officials.
Then 4 of the 18 school principals addressed the assembly. They said
that on their request Pramukh Swami Maharaj agreed to reconstruct
their schools without a moments delay.
On this occasion one of the honourable guests, State Minister Shri
I.K. Jadeja, said, The district of Surendranagar is very fortunate
since Pramukh Swami Maharaj, who is revered worldwide and inspires
noble values in people throughout the world, has presented these schools
which will be centres for value-based education. Now it is necessary
for the people of Surendranagar to use these schools to provide value-based
State Minister Shri Fakirbhai Vaghela said, First I thank Pramukh
Swami Maharaj for reconstructing 18 schools for this district. It
seems that he has resolved our difficulties to provide us with opportunities.
Swamishris sadhus are highly educated. Many are from England
and America. That such sadhus have renounced the world and are engaged
in this earthquake relief work to serve us is no ordinary matter.
I have seen many of the Sansthas mandirs, met many of the sadhus
and know Swamiji personally. That is why I say that these schools
will be centres for learning values.
Blessing the assembly, Pramukh Swami Maharaj said, God is very
merciful. From Him we learn to be compassionate and due to His grace
this work is possible. Swamishri especially thanked the donors
and blessed that they be able to continue to support such noble work.
He also thanked the villagers, officials and contractors who helped
in the reconstruction. Also, Swamishri blessed, May the children
who study here also gain noble virtues, pride for their country, become
ideal citizens and increase the prestige of our state and country.
May they keep dharma and God at the forefront in all their work. Just
like Arjun had kept the strength of God at the forefront and won,
may the students all become like Arjun.
Also present on this occasion were the local MLA Shri Dhanraj Kela,
the District Collector, and representatives of the donors, namely,
Deputy General Manager of Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI)