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Friday, 28 August 2015 | Sourabh Chowdhury | Kurukshetra | in Chandigarh

Peace is not just absence of violence, but also justice, security and sanitation, Bindeshwar Pathak, the founder of Sulabh International and a renowned social reformer, said while accepting the Goyal Peace Prize at a function organised by Kurukshetra University on Thurday.

Instituted at KU in 1991, around 100 scientists of India have received this Prize so far.

“We all have a collective responsibility to erect a world in which improved sanitation, basic amenities and safe drinking water are available to all,” said Pathak. Our primary goal should be to emancipate those who occupy the lowest rung of the caste hierarchy. Emancipation of the most marginalised is perhaps the most challenging task; it requires a major social churning and change, added Pathak.

The Goyal Prize for Physical Sciences was given to T Padamnabhan of Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics. In his acceptance speech he said, “I appreciate the philanthropic spirit of Ram S Goyal who was a naturalised American and but gave away half of his wealth to institute the Goyal Prizes at KU. India needs such philanthropy in the field of education and social reforms.”

Earlier, during a function, Vice-Chancellor KU Hardeep Singh told around 2500 newly admitted students, “We welcome our fresh students to KU which is ranked at number 10 among top 50 Universities of India by Nielsen Group. Students are the topmost priority of the University administration and teachers at KU.