Manipal celebrates Independence Day despite rain1 min read
Manipal: Manipal University (MU) celebrated the 69th Independence Day of India at the Manipal.edu Building on the morning of August 15 despite having good chances of heavy rains.
The ceremony opened with Chief Guest and Honourable Chancellor, MU – Dr Ramdas M. Pai hoisting the national flag. This was followed by the march-past performed by 19 contingents. 14 contingents comprised of the different colleges affiliated to the MU, the rest were the MUTD (Manipal University Teaching Department) contingent, the ASARE, the Homeguard contingent, the NCC (National Cadet Corps), and the Security contingent.
Dr. H. Vinod Bhat, Vice-Chancellor, MU, followed up with an Independence Day speech and emphasized upon the need for development in the higher education sector and the liberalisation of education. “Institutions like Manipal University will be the leading light in taking India to sublime heights in the new era of an accelerated industrial growth” he said.
After the speech, the participatory prizes were handed out to the contingents by Pro chancellor Dr. H.S. Ballal, Dr. H. Vinod Bhat and Registrar Mr. G.K. Prabhu. The prize distribution ceremony for ‘The Best Contingent Award’ followed, with the Faculty of Architecture(FOA), WGSHA(Welcomgroup Graduate School Of Hotel Administration), Kasturba Medical College(KMC) Manipal, bagging the first, second and third prizes respectively. The contingents were evaluated by a 3 member panel comprising of Colonel Prakash Chandra, Colonel Rajan and Dr. Parvati Vinod Bhat. The NCC, the Homeguards and the Security contingents were not included in the competition.
“I feel really excited. When the 3rd one was announced today, which was KMC, and then the 2nd one was announced which was WGSHA, I lost hope. Then, it was us! It was wonderful!” said Zion Anthony, leader of the winning contingent after the closure of the event.
Edited by Antara Krishnamurthy