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MAHE celebrates Independence Day despite continuous rainfall3 min read

August 15, 2019 3 min read

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MAHE celebrates Independence Day despite continuous rainfall3 min read

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MANIPAL: Diversity melted into three colours as Dr H S Ballal, Pro Chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) unfurled the tricolour as heavy rain lashed Manipal. Taking place outside the manipal.edu Building at 8:50 AM, the affair started with a salute by the contingents and a welcome address by Dr Arathi P Rao. After the hoisting of the national flag, parade, and march past, the Independence Day message was given by Dr Poornima Baliga B, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Health Sciences. This was followed by the distribution of awards among the contingents.

On being asked about how difficult it was to make arrangements for the event amidst heavy rain, Dr Geeta M, Director, Student Affairs, said, “Even if it is raining, nothing comes in the way of patriotism.” Dr Ashwini Kumar, Deputy Director, Student Affairs, added to this by saying, “I feel proud to be associated with the students who, in spite of the heavy rain, came to celebrate Independence Day. The students gave life to the event.”

 

Amidst heavy downpour, MAHE celebrated Independence Day. The sense of patriotism among the students seemed to leave them unfazed by the downpour. Braving the rain with the aid of raincoats and umbrellas, they watched the flag hoisting and the march past. || Photograph Courtesy: Varun Vyas

 

Dr H S Ballal inspected the parade on a jeep festooned with vibrant garlands as the head of each contingent marched forward and saluted. || Photograph Courtesy: Varun Vyas

 

The contingents representing different schools of MAHE marched past the flag and the guests. They were judged accordingly and later presented with the Best Contingent Award and awards for participation. || Photograph Courtesy: Varun Vyas

 

The dignitaries listened to the Independence Day message by Dr Poornima Baliga B, Pro Vice-Chancellor. Dr Poornima started her speech by quoting from Jawaharlal Nehru’s ‘Tryst with Destiny’: “At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the whole world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.” || Photograph Courtesy: Varun Vyas

 

Taking the tradition further, like every year, the contingents were awarded for participation while School of Life Sciences (SLS) bagged the Best Contingent Award. Manipal College of Nursing and Manipal Institute of Technology secured the second and third positions respectively. || Photograph Courtesy: Varun Vyas

 

Nadim Khan, a PhD student at SLS, under whose leadership the contingent won the Best Contingent Award, gave the credit to his fellow mates and to Dr Sathyamurthy, Director at School of Life Sciences. According to Dr Sathyamurthy, the students had been practising for a month leading up to the event. || Photograph Courtesy: Varun Vyas

 

The students took photos with contingents after the parade was dismissed. Students also took selfies with the directors of their respective schools. || Photograph Courtesy: Varun Vyas

 

Featured Image Courtesy: Varun Vyas

Edited by: Rayna Lele