It was indeed a day to remember for the students, the entire staff and other members of the academia and Board members of the Galgotias University at its Greater Noida campus, for not only were they regaled with a colourful cultural programme but CJI, Dipak Misra gave a speech to remember for all.
Galgotias University focuses on delivering holistic education covering all aspects of an individual&rsquos personality across various spheres. For this the University regularly organizes various co-curricular activities which help the students to explore their hidden talents in other spheres apart from academics. Special attention is paid in organizing co-curricular activities like music, dance, art and dramatics, fashion shows, extempore and debates.
Apart from the world of academia, Galgotias University focuses on bringing to the students, a wealth of knowledge from the industry and research domains, and all the spheres of knowledge from the wider universe, in differing orders of relevance.
Domain experts are continually identified and invited as guest speakers to give the students' the benefit of their knowledge and experience. The idea is to instill awareness of more than just trends and happenings, and to immerse the students in diverse thought processes and ideologies.
In addition to being listed among the top providers of higher education with world class infrastructure, the University has an admirable track record in meeting its social responsibilities.
But, this time, the students, staff and other members of the University heard with rapt attention Justice Misra&rsquos lecture "Citizenry Liberties: The invaluable assets of free people."
In his address to welcome the 45th Chief Justice of India, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Renu Luthra said that &ldquoin the midst of turbulence in politics in India, ladies and gentlemen, India is changing and how, out of the ashes of corruption and public distrust, a grass root movement developed to free the freedom of India.
"His Lordship&rsquos judgements have been changing the political landscape of the country. We have seen fair judgements in Yakub Memon, Nirbhaya case among others but my favourite judgement is the playing of the national anthem in theatres. When I see the National Anthem played in cinema halls, I say thanks CJI Dipak Misra for the movement in India. I have seen the respect and resurgence of pride."
Welcoming Justice Misra, the University Chancellor Suneel Galgotia said &ldquotoday we have amongst us a Thinker, Revolutionary, a man behind many landmark judgements. It's my honour to welcome CJI Dipak Misra. Today it's a historic day at Galgotias University. A person with a towering nature, who himself is an institution, is present here. His bold and landmark judgements have kept India to have faith in the judiciary."
Delivering his lecture, Justice Misra told the huge audience gathered for the occasion "I have a question to ask, why has it rained today? I'll give you an answer. You see when there is competition, there is Lord Indra. Anybody who does tapasya, he becomes Indra. I was shown the big platform you people have thought of. Indra felt that Galgotias will take away his Throne, that&rsquos why he got jealous. Today is the day of understanding each other."
As the CJI said &ldquowhen the government fears the people, there is liberty. This is a permanent value. We can&rsquot bargain with anyone for liberty. Once your dignity is dented, your individuality suffers.&rdquo
Narrating some stories of American President Abraham Lincoln, CJI Misra referred to Lincoln&rsquos wife Mary Todd and then correlating him with the interruption by rain, he said "Lincoln was the man who fought for liberty and abolition of slavery. When the weather was rough, he stood like a rock."
He thanked the students for hearing him patiently.
In his concluding remarks to mark a memorable day, the University CEO Dhruv Galgotia in his vote of thanks expressed the &ldquodeep sense of gratitude to the CJI to preciously agreeing to address this special lecture. This day would be remembered as the milestone in the history of higher education in India. It would be cherished in our memory."