Human rights shouldn't curb freedom: AU VC
Visakhapatnam: Andhra University Vice-Chancellor Prof. GSN Raju observed that 'human rights' is nothing but human behaviour as long as it will not ...
Visakhapatnam: Andhra University Vice-Chancellor Prof. GSN Raju observed that 'human rights' is nothing but human behaviour as long as it will not encroach upon others' freedom of living. It should not be a nuisance to fellow beings and there was no specific definition for the word 'human rights', he said. Prof. Raju was addressing a large gathering of research scholars, law students, former principals, deans and academicians at the inaugural function of the two-day national seminar on 'Human rights and corporate social responsibility' conducted by Dr BR Ambedkar College of Law, Andhra University, here on Tuesday. "We are all living in a society where our character should not be pinpointed by others and this is possible only when we can control our rights," he pointed out.A He said people were paying various taxes to the government and the local bodies like panchayats, municipalities and municipal corporations anticipating good roads, education, health, transport, water and power supply and sanitation, but the yield is not up to the expected level. Though the government policies were good, the problem arises in its implementation, he said. About the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of companies, the Vice-Chancellor questioned how many of them were coming forward to cater to the real needs of the society. "Let them earn profits through acceptable means and to contribute two per cent of their profits as per the norms for promotion of education, environment protection, medical and health and women empowerment," he said. Complimenting the organisers for choosing a good subject, Prof. Raju claimed that the Andhra University Department of Law was the best department in the country and the Law College had produced a large number of PhDs compared to any other university in the country. Vice-Chancellor of National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, Prof. R Venkata Rao, said that the definition of 'human rights' was found in real life and the best definition was the art of making others laugh. Recalling Mother Teresa's remark 'show concern for others', Prof. Rao said Corporate Social Responsibility was a method of self-regulation by corporate companies aiming at not only its shareholders but also stakeholders. Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) vice-chairman Dr N Yuvaraj emphasised the importance of attitudinal change of 'start respecting human beings' and respect comes not out of status or money. "When you expect respect from others, generally it comes under human rights," he added. Most of the corporate companies were only for making quick money and some of them were contributing to school buildings, sports activities and on drains as part of CSR activities ignoring environment protection. As per the guidelines of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science, Technology and Environment, an action plan has been chalked out in association with all local PSUs to plant 40 lakh saplings in the coming five years, of which 3.5 lakh saplings have been planted last year and their survival rate was 85 per cent, Dr Yuvaraj said. Seminar director Prof. A Rajendra Prasad said as per the amendment to the Companies Bill in December 2012, all PSUs must contribute two per cent of their net profit towards CSR activities. Corporate bodies were nothing but business houses, he said. According to Section 7 of the Companies Bill, corporate companies would have to tackle the problems of hunger, education, environment, medical and health, he added. Principal of Dr BR Ambedkar College of Law Prof. V Kesava Rao presided over the meeting.A Earlier, Prof GSN Raju released a souvenir brought out on the occasion.