Manipal Academy of Higher Education makes Rashtriya Ekta Diwas memorable

With students from nearly 60 countries and every state of India studying at Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, the celebrations on Rashtriya Ekta Diwas on October 31, 2014 turned out to be a memorable one.

October 31, 2014

All institutions, teaching departments and Centres of Excellence organised their own programmes, all carrying the message of unity and brotherhood. The main function was held at the manipal.edu building in which heads of Institutions and faculty members attended.

Mr Chakrabarty Sulibele journalist and founder of “Jago Bharath” was the chief guest. He spoke on how Sardar Vallabhai Patel strove for unity of the country throughout his life. Manipal Academy of Higher Education officials, Pro Chancellor, Dr H.S.Ballal, Vice Chancellor, Dr K Ramnarayan, Pro Vice Chancellor, Dr H Vinod Bhat and Registrar, Dr G.K. Prabhu were present.

A variety of events were organised. Some of them were: Walk for unity, painting and debate competitions, talks, street plays, filming of “Sardar”, quiz, collage making and a whole lot of other programmes were the highlight of the day’s functions at the various colleges and departments of the University at both the campuses -- Manipal and Mangalore -- and supervised by the Registrar, Dr G.K. Prabhu. The contributions of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel for the country's unity, safety and security were featured in the messages and rich tributes were paid to him and his works by the students, faculty members and staff.

The Mangalore campus celebrated the birthday of Sardar Patel and observed the unity day jointly with the staff and students of Kasturba Medical College, College of Dental Sciences and Manipal College of Nursing organizing different programmes at Dr.T.M.A Pai International Convention. Over 300 staff and students were administered the Unity Day oath by Dr.Suma Nair, Director of Student Affairs, Manipal Academy of Higher Education in the presence of Dr. M. V. Prabhu, Dean KMC, Dr. Dilip G Naik, Dean, MCODS, Dr. Christopher Sudhakar, Dean, MCONS, Dr. B. Unnikrishnan, Deputy Director Student Affairs and the Members of the Student Council.

The faculty and students of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), Manipal organized an “Oath taking” and “Run for Unity” along with the International Centre for Applied Sciences (ICAS). The event was held in front of the Innovation Centre building of MIT. Dr. Veena Maben, Associate Director (Student Welfare) welcomed the gathering and gave a brief introduction of Sardar Vallabbhai Patel. Virag Jasani, President of the Student Council, MIT, highlighted his great contributions in unifying an independent India. Virag also administered the oath both in English and Hindi. Dr. D. Srikanth Rao, Joint Director, MIT was the chief guest.

United we stand, divided we fall was the underlying message that went out to the students and faculty of Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA) and the Department of Culinary Arts (DCA). Competitions in quiz, collage-making, extempore, screening of the movie on Sardar Vallabhai Patel, inter-house football and a skit were held. The students also marched to the main University building and took the oath there.

School of Communications screened the film “Sardar” for the benefit of the students, faculty and others who were keen to see the film directed by Ketan Mehta and written by noted playwright Vijay Tendulkar in the institute’s lecture hall. Speaking on the occasion SoC Director Prof Varadesh Hiregange said, “One should attempt to understand history, particularly Indian freedom struggle because the elements of the present come from the past. Films like this help us to understand the role played by leaders like Sardar Patel. "We also need to ponder what unity would mean without a sense of equality," he said. "We should explore why divisive forces work," he said, recalling that Indira Gandhi was assassinated on the same day.

Manipal College of Nursing Manipal and Manipal School of Nursing Manipal jointly observed the National Unity Day with a painting competition which had the theme ‘Unity and integrity’. A walk for unity was organized from Manipal College of Nursing Manipal to KMC Greens. The students walked with placards and banners which had slogans like ‘Unity is power’, ‘unity, safety and security’ etc. A debate competition was also held. The programmes concluded with a talk on Unity, Safety and Security as Sardar Vallabhai Patel saw it by Dr Praveen Kumar, Associate Professor, Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal Academy of Higher Education at KMC Greens where the oath was administered. Rashtriya Ektha Divas pledge was administered by Dr.Linu Sara George, Professor and Head, Department of Fundamentals of Nursing.

The Department of European Studies organized a group discussion on Unity in Diversity: Challenges for India and Europe led by faculty member Stefano Greco. The students of MA European Studies, faculty members and researchers took part in the discussion.