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This year India reached a landmark year in the history of its existence. Our beloved country, India has arrived upon a major milestone, the 70th year of its Independence. Everyone from the older generations knows the sacrifices made by our great freedom fighters to achieve this precious Independence. However the younger generation may not be fully aware of the magnanimity of this occasion, as they are privileged to have been born in a free and sovereign country. Thus, it was a very thoughtfulmove that the period from August 9 to 23, 2016 was declared as Azadi 70 – Yaad Karo Kurbani (Freedom Fortnight) by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India.

Youth today is in touch with the whole world and like to be called global citizens. However wherever they go, it is the roots of culture and heritage they get in India that make them stand apart. Appreciation for the Freedom we enjoy has to be inculcated in youth. G D Goenka University, thus welcomed this move by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt of India and participated in the event wholeheartedly with gusto and enthusiasm.

On the occasion of Azadi 70, the following activities were organized at G D Goenka University campus:

(i) Mass Singing of National Anthem at 1100 hrs. All the Deans of the ten schools of G D Goenka University assembled at the University auditorium with faculty members and students of respective schools to sing the National Anthem. Wherever the classes were going on, the classes were also alerted through public address system and everything came to aahault for a few minutes to sing the national anthem with proper decorum in their respective class rooms. The National Anthem was played in instrumental version in the public address system of the University.Almost 1000 faculty members and students along with the Vice Chancellor, Prof. (Dr.) Deependra Kumar Jha and Registrar, Dr. Nitesh Bansal and all the Deans sang the national anthem together.

(ii) Tree Planation at 1400 hrs. All the Deans, Head of Departments along with the members of faculty and staff assembled for a tree plantation drive in University Lawns. The importance of trees to our environment cannot be denied. It is after all our responsibility to keep this beautiful and free India, clean and green. As a mark of respect to the great freedom fighters who valiantly fought for every inch of land that we call India, the University re-dedicated itself to the pledge of doing whatever we can, to create an India that those freedom fighters would be proud of. Since charity begins at home, we keep our campus lush green and environment friendly. The first plant was planted by Prof. (Dr.) Deependra Kumar Jha, Vice Chancellor, G D Goenka University. The next plant was planted by Prof. (Dr.) Shantha Kumar, Dean of Academics, G D Goenka University after which all Deans, faculty and students planted trees one by one.

The celebration was a culmination of nationalistic pride and resolve to be worthy of Azadi 70, every step of the way.

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