Republic Day celebrations at KMC Greens
Manipal: To mark the adoption of our Constitution in 1950, the colleges of Manipal University came together to celebrate India’s 66th Republic Day on January 26, at Kasturba Medical College (KMC) Greens.
The event was organised by School of Communication (SOC) and the Director, Dr Nandini Lakshmikantha addressed the gathering. Presided over by Vice Chancellor Dr K Ramnayaran, and Pro Vice Chancellors Dr H Vinod Bhat and Dr V Surendra Shetty, the event had faculty from the colleges, students, and the general public as well. After Dr K Ramnarayan inspected the Guard of Honour, he delivered a speech in which he said that patriotism was not just about coming together to unfurl the national flag or sing the national anthem, but about being the first to condemn any form of injustice.
The annual celebration had nineteen marching contingents, who were also competing amongst themselves for the best marching drill. The audience was particularly appreciative of ASARE, an MU aided organisation for the mentally challenged people, whose members also participated in the march past.
Following the march past, the organising college put up a cultural performance. “It feels very heartwarming to be a part of the national event of a country, witnessing the nationalistic spirit in people,” said Thiam Lang Jing, a student of the Manipal Melaka Medical College.
KMC Manipal was judged the best marching contingent, followed by the Faculty of Architecture and Manipal College of Nursing.
Sub-edited by Sharanya Khosla