Chandigarh, March 25: Today, Yuvsatta (youth for peace)-an NGO and Centre for Social Work, Panjab University organized an interaction of Mr. David L.Caprara , International Vice President of Global Peace Foundation and Nonresident Fellow – Global Economy & Development at Brookings Institution, USA with students of at Centre for Social Work, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Welcoming the guest Prof. Monica Munjal, Chairperson of the Centre for Social Work shared that Panjab University has started Masters of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree programme which combines education, practice, and community service for preparing the postgraduates to work with individuals, families, groups, and communities in a variety of human service settings. The M.S.W. programme intends to instill in its students a commitment to improve social conditions and address social problems. The mission is that our students shall be the job creators and not only the job seekers.

Introducing the Global Peace Foundation and speaker David Caprara, Mr. Pramod Sharma, founder-coordinator of Yuvsatta said that Global Peace Foundation is an international, non-sectarian organization that promotes an innovative values-based approach to peace building. And also like strongly believe in Indian ethos of ‘Vashudhev Kutumbkam-whole world is one family’.

Mr. David Caprara started his address with rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi whose 150th anniversary is being celebrated around the world this year. He mentioned that many of world’s greatest leaders and thinkers in last century got their inspiration from about Mahatma Gandhi, be it Martin Luther King Jr. , Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, Richard Attenborough any many others. And for him also Gandhi is a role model, which he advises young people also to follow his footsteps.

He added that world needs today more and more social entrepreneurs, persons who can pursue novel applications that have the potential to solve community-based problems. As social entrepreneurs combine commerce and social issues in a way that improves the lives of people connected to the cause. They don’t measure their success in terms of profit alone – success to social entrepreneurs means that they have improved the world.

Mr. David also inspired young participating students to always dream big and accomplish their goals. At the same time he also mentioned that now a day we need Glocal Young people, as globalization indicates that the growing importance of continental and global levels is occurring together with the increasing salience of local and regional levels.

Mr. David Caprara also offered internship for Panjab University students in Global Peace Foundation national chapters at Nepal, India, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand & Uganda etc.

Mr. David Caprara ended his visit Panjab University with a tour of Department of Gandhian & Peace Students where the Chaiperson Dr. Ashu Pasricha showed him first their Department and later took him to Gandhi Bhawan.