Free software packages valued at 70
million rupees donated by Microsoft Corporation to the Government
of India were distributed at a joint function hosted by the Ministry
of Communications & Information Technology and BAPS at the
BAPS Chhatralay campus in Atladra.
Pramukh Swami Maharaj and Shri Laxminarayanan,
Additional Secretary at the Ministry of Communications & Information
Technology presided over the assembly.
The software was presented by Pramukh
Swami Maharaj to representatives of 700 schools from Gujarat,
West Bengal, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu and will benefit over
208,000 students from Standard 4 to 9 before an audience of 5,000
Addressing the audience, Shri Laxminarayanan
described how he first came into contact with BAPS and Pramukh
Swami Maharaj through a chance meeting with a driver in London
and how his travels through Europe and America gave him further
information on the wide-ranging work of the BAPS Sanstha. He added,
"India can become the world leader in software development.
By 2008 it will export around $50 billion worth of software. I
pray to Pramukh Swami Maharaj that this potential is fulfilled."
In blessing the assembly Pramukh
Swami Maharaj said, "Whatever progress science has made is
due to the body and brains given by God. So God is at the root.
Technology should be used within the guidelines of behavior specified
in the scriptures. We pray that Gujarat and the whole of India
make tremendous progress."