Stressing that there was a time when students from across the world chose India for higher studies, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said it was time to restore the country’s status as ‘Viswaguru’, destroyed by the Mughals and British.

Interacting with members of National Foundation of Communal Harmony on the occasion of ‘The Communal Harmony Campaign week’, Naidu said the citizens of the country must follow the “rich cultural heritage of our motherland”.

“India was once known as ‘Viswaguru’ and students from several countries used to come here and study in our universities such as Takshashila, Nalanda and other centres of learning,” he said.

“The situation has changed following Mughal invasions and the British colonization and now the time has come for India to once again emerge as the global knowledge hub,” he added.

Naidu said Indian culture was much ancient than many other in the world and so, it must be preserved.

“We have to protect and follow the rich cultural heritage of our motherland which we have inherited from our forefathers. Irrespective of caste, creed, race or religion we are all one… Unity and integrity is the strength of our country,” he said.