Speech on Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar

Introduction

Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar is considered the greatest educator and social campaigner of all time who strongly believed in uplifting the educational system and women status in India. He has contributed a lot to Indian education and stopped several disrespectful practices that were performed against women. This speech on Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar will thus help the students to know about all his major achievements and contributions. We have also provided a short speech and a 10 lines speech for students of all age groups.


Long Speech on Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar 

A very warm welcome to everyone present here. Today, I am here to deliver a speech on one of the greatest leaders, social reformers and educators of India, i.e., Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar.

Born to a Hindu Bengali Brahmin family on 26th September 1820, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was one of the most promising campaigners and social reformers who fought strongly against all the social evils performed on the women of India. He was a person who strongly believed in uplifting the education system of India. 

Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar is famous to date because of his quest for knowledge and his excellent performance in the field of education. He was given the title of ‘Vidyasagar’ which means ‘ocean of knowledge’ and is considered the father of Bengali prose. He has also contributed a lot in helping students of lower caste to get admission in different colleges and universities. He also introduced the learning of the English language in most educational institutions. 

Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was a great Indian educator who played a major role in improving the path of education in India.  In the year 1850, he was appointed as a scholar in the Fort William College, Kolkata. It is also said that his thirst for knowledge and education was so deep that he used to study under the streetlights as he was not financially strong to afford a lamp. He was a person of excellence and had deep knowledge in the fields of Sanskrit, English, Bengali and Astronomy. He has also translated several Sanskrit and Bengali dialects and prose into English. Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar always fought for the rights of women. He believed that the women of India should be given equal rights and opportunities. He started various campaigns to legalise the idea of widow remarriage and stood strongly against the idea of child marriage. He along with great leaders like Raja Ram Mohan Roy and Ramakrishna stopped various evil practices that were performed against women. Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar passed away at the age of seventy in July, 1891.

Lastly, I would like to conclude my speech by saying that Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was a great personality of India who contributed a lot to the empowerment of women in India by setting an example for the young generation. 


Short Speech on Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar

This speech on Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar is written in a very easy and simple manner to target students of Class 6- Class 8 and for a better understanding of major roles played by him in empowering the women of India.

A great writer, philanthropist and social reformer, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar is remembered to date for his greatest contributions in the field of education, literature and social transformation. He was born in Kolkata in the year 1820 to a Bengali Brahmin family. He was named Ishwar Chandra Bondhyopadhyay by his parents Thakurdas Bandyopadhyay and Bhagavati Devi. He was known for his intelligence and quest for knowledge. He was awarded the title of ‘Vidyasagar’ due to his excellent performance in the field of Sanskrit literature. 

The word ‘Vidyasgar’ means the ocean of knowledge. He contributed a lot to the education system of India and was also appointed as the Head of Sanskrit Literature in Fort Williams College, Kolkata where he served for five years. Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was a strong social reformer who fought strongly against all the old practices performed on widows and girl children because these social norms disrespected the dignity of women. He also campaigned for widow remarriage and to stop child marriage. He also contributed a lot to Bengali literature and translated several prose and writings into the English language. He, therefore, got the title of ‘Father of Bengali Prose’. During his period at Sanskrit College as a teacher, he helped several low caste students to get admissions in different colleges and introduced the learning of English.

He passed away in 1891 at the age of seventy after contributing a lot in the field of literature and women empowerment. 

I would like to end my speech with gratitude for keeping an opportunity to deliver a speech on Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar today. He was a person who has set a great example for the young generation and played a major role in the development of our country.


10 Lines Speech on Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar

This 10 lines speech on Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar is written in a simple way and is useful for students of Class 1 and Class 2. 

  1. Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was a famous social reformer and writer. He was born in Kolkata to a Bengali Brahmin family on 26th September 1820. 

  2. He was an Indian educator who fought strongly for the upliftment of women in India. 

  3. He has contributed a lot towards education, social activities, women empowerment and Bengal Renaissance.

  4. Ishwar Chandra's original name is Ishwar Chandra Bondyopadhyay. He was given the title of 'Vidyasagar ' due to his thirst for knowledge and excellence in Sanskrit literature. 

  5. He was also known as the 'Father of Bengali Prose' for his large contributions to Bengali Literature. 

  6. Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar also introduced the idea of Widow Remarriage as he strongly believed that women of India should be made to live a normal life. 

  7. He was also appointed as a scholar in Fort William College in 1850 at Kolkata. 

  8. Later, he also became Principal in a Sanskrit College where he started the learning of the English language and helped the lower caste students with their education. 

  9. He strongly stood against the idea of child marriage and led several protests against all the social practices that disrespected women.

  10. Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was a strong leader, scholar and social reformer who believed in developing the educational system of India.