Patriotic fervor marks Republic Day celebrations

January 26, 2016

Patriotic fervor marked the 67th Republic Day celebrations at Manipal Academy of Higher Education. KMC Greens looked spectacular with contingents from the different institutions of the university in their colorful attire providing the glitter to the occasion. School of Allied Health Sciences hosted the event this year.

The programme was held in clock-work precision. Manipal Academy of Higher Education Chancellor, Dr Ramdas M Pai hoisted the tricolor and inspected the guard of honor. That was followed by the march past by the institutions and contingents from NCC, Security, Home Guards and Asare. The outfits were also judged for their marching and the three best were; Kasturba Medical College first, Manipal School of Nursing second and Manipal College of Nursing third.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Dr H Vinod Bhat said that India had progressed far beyond the dreams of the founding fathers. “As the world’s largest democracy, we have been the beacon of light and a ray of hope for countries struggling to escape the clutches of colonialism and rebuilding after devastating wars,” he said. “The constitution has been the strength of our nation through its principals of equality and social justice,” he added and urged everyone to uphold the virtues of the constitution and abide by its tenets.

He also called upon the educated youth to be the principle driving force behind the resurgence of the country. And for that he said, “Higher education has to evolve from being elitist to one of massification and then to universalization. It is time for higher education to be liberated from the vice-like grip of the regulator. Educational institutes of repute should be given a blank cheque to expand and export being aligned with the nation’s own vision”.

Dr Bhat also stressed on healthcare. “An equally important issue that demands immediate attention is the state of health of our people. An educated and a healthy nation is an absolute prerequisite for India to keep up the momentum of economic growth and all round development”.

Dean of SOAHS, Dr Rajashekhar spoke of how India gained republic. He said, “In a remarkable display of idealism and courage, we the people of India gave ourselves a sovereign democratic republic to secure all its citizens justice, liberty and equality”. He added, “These ideals became the lodestar of modern Indian state. Democracy became our most precious guide towards peace and regeneration from the swamp of poverty created by centuries of colonial rule. From within the spacious provisions of our Constitution, India has grown into a beautiful and vibrant democracy”.

On the occasion, Archana of Asare was also honoured. She was recently conferred the National Award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, 2015 under the category, Role Model Awards. Union Finance Minister, Mr Arun Jaitley had presented the award to her at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on December 3, 2015.