Program Report-Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav

P.G.D.A.V. College (Day) in collaboration with IQAC organised a Talk under 75 Years of India’s Independence- “ Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav”, an initiative by Ministry of Education. The Talk was held on 23 rd July, 21 at 3 PM on the Topic - ‘ Role of Mahatma Gandhi in Indian Freedom Movement’. Dr. Ram Chandra Pradhan who is an eminent social activist and a Gandhian scholar was the Guest Speaker of the day. The Talk began with welcome note by Nodal Officer-Incharge (Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav)- Dr. Rimjhim Sharma followed by introduction of the Speaker. The talk began with the journey of the making of Mahatma Gandhi and his various contributions during our freedom struggle. Emphasis was put on introduction of Satyagraha as mode of protest and reduction of social gap by uplifting low castes whom he termed as ‘Harijans’. The speaker also discussed on how Bapu encouraged various sections of the Indian society such as women and farmers to join the freedom struggle. The contributions of freedom fighters such as Bhagat Singh, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Subhash Chandra Bose were also highlighted. Dr. Pradhan made a point that not only socio-political, economic, and cultural integration was promoted by Mahatma Gandhi but also attention was paid to environmental protection and conservation when the western world was industrialising at a great speed ignoring the damage being done to the environment. Finally, at the end of the session questions of the audience were answered and Vote of Thanks was given. The Talk was attended by large number of students and faculty of the College and they found the topic very relevant. The feedback was taken in which they requested for more such talks to be organised for knowledge building of all. The College also recorded five Patriotic songs in different Indian languages with one in Nepali, which is one of the languages spoken in Sikkim alongwith Rashtra Gaan sung by the College students. Other languages in which the Patriotic songs recorded were Malayali, Sanskrit, Thangkul and Hindi.

N.S.S of the College organised Freedom Run under ‘Fit India Freedom Run 2.0’ to commemorate “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”. An ‘ Essay Writing Competition’ was also organised on the Topic “ Communalism was the Colonial Construct”. The Hindi Department of the College also organised two days National Seminar on the topic- “ Hindi Sahitya main Rashtriye Chetna ke Swar”, which was attended by the scholars from all over the country.

An Inter-College Slogan Writing Competition in both Hindi and English languages on topics- ‘ Freedom Fighter’, ‘Self-reliant India’, ‘Youth Power’, and ‘Women Empowerment ’, was organised by the College and saw large number of participations by the students. It was heartening to see the awareness among students regarding these themes. N.S.S. and various other societies of the College also organized many programmes to commemorate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and events like Plantation Drive, Swachhata Pledge, Cleanliness Drive on Ekta Diwas . Another event organized by the College was an Inter-College Self-Composed Poetry Competition on the topic- ‘Patriotism’, and ‘India of My Dreams’. The creativity shown by the students in composing poems was extremely encouraging for the College for organizing similar events in future.

College also organized Suryanamaskar, National Voter’s Day Awareness Program, PPT Making Competition, and Vasantotsav to celebrate 75 years of India’s Independence. Students made PPTs and presented them. The topic was “ Virasat-The Rich Cultural Heritage of India” and students showcased Indian heritage ranging from monuments to food, dresses, and language etc. Events were also organized on Shahidi Diwas and International Women’s Day. These events highlight the vibrant culture of our College. Continuing the celebration towards commemorating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav an Inter-College Photography Competition was organized on the topic- ‘ Heritage of India’ and the College also arranged for the distribution of our National Flag under the ‘ Har Ghar Jhanda’ programme initiated by the Government of India. College sincerely continued to contribute towards celebrating 75 Years of India’s Independence by organizing events like Caricature making Competition of our ‘ Freedom Fighters’ and an Inter-College Paper Presentation on the topic- ‘ Freedom Fighters: Tales of Unsung Heroes’. These competitions encouraged students to explore and research on the contribution of lesser- known freedom fighters. Cash prizes and books on unsung heroes were given to the winners to bring more awareness among students about their country.