Udupi, Jan 26: Manipal Academy of Higher Education celebrated 73rd Republic Day, 2022 in a ceremony befitting the occasion in its campus with enthusiasm and vigour even with the restrictions due to the pandemic.
The function began by observing 1 minute silence to pay tribute to General Bipin Rawat, the first Chief of Defence Staff of India who died in a tragic helicopter crash on December 8, 2021. Principal of Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration, Chef K Thirugnanasambantham, welcomed the gathering and described the importance of this day. Pro chancellor of MAHE, Dr H S Ballal, unfurled the National flag on this joyous day.
Dr Venkatraya M Prabhu, pro vice chancellor (Health Sciences), while delivering the Republic Day message narrated how the Indian constitution imbibed the words of the preamble of our constitution and how these were amended with additions later, under different circumstances. The Fundamental Rights were strong bases of the constitution and he narrated how historically the rights were suspended during the declaration of emergency in 1975. The changes in the constitution affected each citizen including Manipal Education when a socialistic view of the governance was not encouraging private initiatives for education and health care in the country. But thankfully, changes in political perspective later had allowed today’s Manipal to take shape in the last few decades.
Vice chancellor, Lt Gen (Dr) M D Venkatesh, Executive vice-president, Dr H Vinod Bhat, registrar of MAHE, Dr Narayana Sabhahit, heads of Institutions and senior officials of MAHE, COOs and MS of our Hospitals, were present in the occasion.
Usually, the Independence Day and Republic Day are commemorated with a grand parade by the constituent institutions of MAHE but due to the continuation of the COVID 19 pandemic it was curtailed to a limited gathering but was celebrated respectfully in the presence of senior officials of MAHE, promising to keep our pride and love for our country as strong as ever. The function was broadcast live for all to witness the ceremony.