Festivities mark Prerna Diwas as VC turns octogenarian

Shoolini University campus in Solan was abuzz with activities and excitement on ‘Prerna Diwas’, celebrated every year on the occasion of varsity Vice Chancellor Prof P.K. Khosla’s birth anniversary.

The day began with a ‘Hawan’ ceremony on the campus temple as Prof Khosla thanked the Almighty for 80 joyous years of triumphs and victories. Prof Khosla’s family members and Shoolini staff, present for the special prayer service, greeted the octogenarian.

This was followed with the inauguration of Baker’s Hub, a bakery-cum-cafe for students and staff and a fire control room. Taking forward the university’s endeavour towards a cleaner and greener campus, Prof Khosla also planted a sapling. This was followed by a ‘dham’, which all staff members and students enjoyed tremendously at the Milkha Singh Indoor Sports Stadium.

The competitive spirit took over as the Vice Chancellor’s XI and Registrar’s XI clashed on the cricket field amidst robust cheers by the audience. The VC XI team won after a tough competition.

After day-long festivities, everyone gathered at the Open Air Theatre for a cultural programme, where the talented students presented scintillating dance and singing performances. This included a rap by Advik, besides a special dance drama enacted on the life of Prof Khosla.

Certificates were also presented to students who taught underprivileged children under the Parivartan project. 

Prof Khosla warmly thanked the students, faculty and staff members for their heartfelt birthday wishes and making the day truly memorable for him. He highlighted the various achievements and milestones accomplished by the university since its inception 10 years ago. He reiterated that the road had been laid, and the university would soon claim its place among the top universities of the world. Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Atul Khosla presented a vote of thanks at the conclusion of the function.

‘To Sir With Love’ for VC birthday

The highlight of Prerna Diwas celebrated at Shoolini University on Wednesday was the launch of the book, ‘To Sir With Love: Decoding the DNA of Prof P.K. Khosla’. This surprise gift for the Vice Chancellor as he turned an octogenarian comprises the reminiscences, comments, anecdotes and nostalgic stories of over 100 of his admirers, well-wishers, peers, and family members.

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