Manipal and Udupi celebrate 72nd Independence Day
Story by: Priyasha Anand and Ujjwal Kumar
Manipal and Udupi: On the occasion of the 72nd Independence day, The Manipal Journal covered the celebrations for the same at two locations – the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) Edu building, Manipal and the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Udupi Municipal Grounds in Beedinagudde.
The chief guest, Dr. H.S. Ballal, Pro – Chancellor, MAHE received the guard of honour from the contingents of MAHE. Dr.P.L.N.G Rao, Pro Vice Chancellor (Quality Assurance), MAHE addressed the gathering on the occasion.
As per tradition, the best contingents were awarded. The first position was bagged by Welcome Group Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA), the second position was taken by Kasturba Medical College (KMC) and the third position was given to Manipal School of Allied Health Sciences.
“I feel nostalgic today as I will not be able to witness this celebration next year, this being my final year,” said Neemah, a fourth year student of Manipal College of Nursing.
Rekha Shenoy, Master of Ceremony and Associate Professor, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Studies (MCOPS) said, “I want each youngster to acknowledge the vision of the world’s largest democracy united in freedom, integrity and tolerance.”
The event came to close with a vote of thanks given by M Sreenivasa Reddy, Vice Principal, MCOPS.
Independence day celebration at Udupi was marked by a co-ordinated march past in the presence of the chief guest for the day, Dr. Jaymala, district in-charge, Minister of Women and Child-welfare, Karnataka who unfurled the tricolour at the celebrations.
A total of fifteen contingents from various groups marched past the dais, receiving the salute of the chief guest. Guard of Honour to the minister was given by Circle Inspector Raghvendra who was leading the parade.
An important topic of discussion from the program was the launch of ‘Green Karnataka’, a Government of Karnataka budget initiative to promote greenery in the Udupi district by the minister. Plant saplings were distributed to volunteers on the occasion, as a part of the initiative.
The minister gave away the awards to the state board toppers of class 10 and class 12 from the district. Medha N. Bhat, SSLC district topper and Nisarg, 2nd PUC district topper were recognised and rewarded during the program. Prizes were also distributed to contingents performing the best march past.
Speaking to The Manipal Journal, Vilash S. Poojary, commander of the contingent from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) College which bagged second position said, “We have been practising for the past two weeks, but we practised here in the mud only for two to three days. It gives us great honour to participate.”
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Edited by: Niharika Nambiar