35,000 gather to offer a visual treat at R-day celebrations

35,000 gather to offer a visual treat at R-day celebrations

35,000 gather to offer a visual treat at R-day celebrations

Patriotic fervour pervaded the atmosphere at Smt Vanajakshi K Shripathi Bhat amphitheatre at Puthige here on Friday as students, decked in colours of the National Flag, lined up at the venue with miniature flags in hand. Every corner of the venue was bathed in colours of saffron, white and green.

The special attraction of the day's festivity was the presence of ex-servicemen of the Indian Army gathered to witness the proceedings with utmost pride and honour.

At the very outset, the march past by various NCC contingents of Army, Navy, Air Wing, Scouts and Guides, Rovers and Rangers from Bengaluru, Madikeri, Udupi, Moodbidri marked the beginning with their swing and sharp uniforms displaying their crucial role in nation building in spectacular fashion.

More than 1,200 cadets with 198 armed, proved NCC's synonymity with discipline, sheer dignity and command.

Students were dressed in T-shirts of the colours of the national flag and were made to stand in such a way that an aerial view resembled 'INDIA' in textual form.

The tri-colours designed in cylindrical forms that stood 20 feet high and 6 feet wide marked the entire circumference of the ground, within which the crowd of 35,000 saluted the Indian national flag.

Flags, umbrellas, caps and t-shirts bearing the tri-colours were waved during the rendition of the integration song, 'Koti Kantose'.

Nitte Group of Institutions Chairperson Dr Vinay Hegde unfurled the national flag. He expressed his astonishment and said that he was amazed by the immense discipline and the grand celebration of dreams of the staff and students of Alva's Education Foundation. "This institution is a perfect example for people to emulate for all those who are supposed to be educated, cultured and disciplined."

"In these 69 years, many good things have happened. India is rapidly expanding in terms of industry and economy, but the moral values are going down. The most important thing is to develop a personality that the country will be proud of. The aim is to inculcate character and religious cordiality, without which our country cannot prosper," he said.

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