Flurry of activity as MIT organises Republic Day celebrations2 min read
Manipal: Students and faculty of Manipal University (MU) gathered to celebrate the 68th Republic Day at KMC Greens on January 26.
The event, organised by Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), was presided over by H.S. Ballal, Pro Chancellor, MU, and Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor, MU. “Rights are what we claim, and sometimes challenges and duties are what the state demands, which we sometimes side-step,” said Vinod Bhat addressing the audience.
Rajiv Bhatia, India’s former ambassador to Myanmar, was the special guest of honour. “This is the first time that I have attended a Republic Day celebration outside Delhi. It was a great lesson for me to see how an organisation celebrated the event in a very precise and organised manner,” he said, praising the enthusiasm of students towards our nation.
Manipal Institute of Technology was judged the best marching contingent, followed by Kasturba Medical College and Manipal College of Nursing.
Students join the festive spirit
In connection with Republic Day celebrations, Rotaract Club of Manipal organised blood donation and cloth distribution camps at MIT Food Court.
Addressing the gathering of donors and volunteers, Pramodh Madhwaraj, the Minister of State for Youth Services Development said, “There is no better way to celebrate Republic Day than donating blood to save lives. It is the greatest charity that one can do.” Rachana Singh, Vice President of the club confirmed that the response from the donors was positive with around 200 students donating blood.
Students of Manipal University participate in clothes’ distribution every semester and according to the organiser, Guru Charan, the number of donors increase every year. The clothes collected are distributed in and around Manipal.
The blood donation camp was organised in association with the blood banks at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal and District Hospital, Udupi.
गूँज – Goonj, the Hindi Literary society of MIT, celebrated the 68th Republic Day at the MIT Food Court.
Photographs Courtesy: Radhika Chatterjee
Edited by Prajwal Bhat