Ahmedabad, February 29: Gujarat Vidyapith on Thursday celebrated the 129th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister and Bharat Ratna awardee Morarji Desai, with Gujarat Governor and Chancellor, Acharya Devvrat, naming the main auditorium as 'Morarji Desai Mandapam'.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice-Chancellor Harshad Patel talked about the institution's pioneering initiative to integrate cultural and spiritual education with technology. The event also commemorated Morarji Desai's contributions to the nation and the institution through a cleanliness campaign on the Vidyapith campus. Morarji Desai Birth Anniversary 2023: PM Narendra Modi Pays Tribute to India’s First Non-Congress Prime Minister.

Acharya Devvrat, in his tribute, said, "Born in the small village of Bhadeli in Valsad district, Morarji Desai was a great man with strong willpower, who, after coming into contact with Gandhiji, joined the freedom struggle, leaving behind his collector's post. He lived a life of values and ideals, proving that greatness comes from small acts and principles that can lead to change." Swami Vivekananda Jayanti 2024: Interesting Facts About the Great Indian Hindu Monk and Philosopher on His 161st Birth Anniversary.

Reflecting on Morarji Desai's life, former Education Minister and trustee of the Gujarat Vidyapith board, Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, shared his memories of meeting Desai, describing him as a straightforward speaker and a man of purity and humor.

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