Week-long celebrations of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav on the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence culminated with the flag-hoisting ceremony on the campus. Former Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs Sanjiv Arora IFS (retd) was the chief guest at the flag-hoisting ceremony. He recalled the Independence movement and the supreme sacrifices made by our freedom fighters. In the present scenario, he applauded the efforts of Shoolini University in the field of research and academics.
Shoolini University Chancellor Prof PK Khosla inaugurated the event and spoke about how patriotism was crucial for the development of a nation. He emphasised lessons on national pride in classrooms. Speaking on the occasion, Pro Chancellor Vishal Anand dedicated the 75th-anniversary celebrations to the daughters who went through the pain of Partition. “We must commemorate them and their sacrifices,” he added.
Vice Chancellor Prof Atul Khosla said, “We need thousands of universities for the development of the nation.” He requested every student of Shoolini University to take a pledge to file one patent in his/her name.
Trustees Satish and Ashok Anand, deans, directors, and other dignitaries attended the event, which concluded with a scintillating cultural programme. The event was coordinated by Dean Students Welfare Poonam Nanda.
Earlier, a tree plantation drive was organised by the NSS and NCC volunteers of the university near Sanhol village. Solan SDM Vivek Sharma was the chief guest while senior officers, including Tej Prakash, Forest Ranger Officer Sanjay Sharma, AC to DC Solan Mr Naresh Sharma, JE Panchayati Raj and others also planted Cedar, Golden, Ridge and Poplar saplings.
In another event, students and faculty members were encouraged to click a picture behind a specially created selfie booth and upload it on their social media handles using the tag #harghartiranga. Also, poster, slogan-making, speech and poetry competitions were organised by NSS where participants submitted their entries online.
Shoolinians for You (SFY) volunteers organised a visit to the government school near Majhol, Solan. They decorated the stage where students showcased their creative talents. Gifts were distributed among the students as a token of love by Dean Students Welfare and Chief Learning Officer Dr Ashoo Khosla.
August 12 started with a ‘Harghar Tiranga’ March in Solan town. More than 100 volunteers from the university (NSS, NCC, SFY) went through the town, carrying placards saying ‘Vande Matram’, ‘Shoolini ka yahi naara hai, haar ghar Tiranga fehrana hai’. The rally started at the Children’s Park, Solan and culminated at the Old Bus Stand.
On August 13, a visit to Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Shimla, in collaboration with YouWeCan, was organised where volunteers met Cancer patients to motivate them in their fight against the life-threatening disease. Volunteers were accompanied by Sarabjeet Singh aka “Vella Bobby” who inspired students to work for a good cause and offered ‘langar’ to everyone.
A Cycling March was organised on August 14 to raise awareness about the Har Ghar Tiranga campaign. The march took place from SILB to the Shoolini University campus. The volunteers handed over the National Flag to university Chancellor Prof PK Khosla.