A patriotic fervor swept the campus on 15th August as Nirma University celebrated the 71st Independence Day in its campus today wherein the faculty, staff and students of the institute participated in the celebration in huge numbers. The programme started at 8:30 AM with the arrival of the chief guest, Shri Pankaj M. Shah, Vice President of Gujarat Cancer Society, who paid homage to the Father of our Nation and Bharat Mata with a floral tribute. The national flag was hoisted, followed by the National Anthem and the review of the Parade.
The Chief Guest was then invited upon the lectern to address the gathering. Mr Pankaj Shah inspired the audience with his speech recounting about the hardships during the pre-independence era, and how India has developed since 1947. He talked about the milestones India and we Indians have achieved, the initiatives taken by the Government for country’s self reliant and economic security through innovative developmental programs like Make in India, Start up India, Digital India: Digitizing Education and their significant impact on the education scenario in our country. He also emphasized on the fact that though India is the second largest populated country in the world; we are functioning in a deficit of blood units every year. Less than one lakh people donate blood annually due to which a lot of blood cancer and thalassaemia patients undergo with problems. Though blood donation is considered as a great selfless act, very few people in India actually take out the time to do it. He thereby motivated the youngsters to volunteer more in blood donation drives as they are major contributors to the blood donors’ pool.
From the havoc wreaked Assam which hoisted the National Flag while standing in waist-deep water, to the PM addressing the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort, the patriotic spirit was booming as every Indian expressed their immense adoration for their motherland.
As the day ended, the students and the professors went back to perform their chores, but there was an unmistakable sense of pride, jubilation, victory and a re-ignited vigour to act on our promise of a better, healthier and safer India.
This article is contributed by Prakriti Dutta-
Media Committee, IMNU
Picture Courtesy: Pratikriti- The Photography Club