As all institutions in the national capital organized cultural events to celebrate the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas commemorating the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhai Patel, the students of Indraprastha College for Women drowned themselves in patriotic fervor and infectious enthusiasm as they supported the twin causes of women’s empowerment and safety. The crusade began with the celebrations marking Rashtriya Ekta Divas on 31st October 2014 beginning with the ‘Run For Unity’. It was a euphoric sight, and the excitement of all the college students was palpable as they ran for the cause, and in the hope that this act might fructify in binding everyone together. This solidarity was visible when everyone, right from the teaching staff, to students, to non-teaching staff pledged allegiance for the cause of national unity through an oath administered by the college principal, Dr Babli Moitra Saraf. Followed by a march past by the NCC cadets, the crowd broke into an applause as the star mountaineer of the college, Saachi Soni, was flagged off with the National flag and college flag for her next ascend to the highest peak in Australia. The students trained under CISF-DMRC demonstrated their skills in a self-defence drill.
The next day was marked by an elaborate ceremony for the culmination of the self-defence training, which was attended by dignitaries like S. Devdutt Singh, DIG, DMRC unit and other officers at CISF, DMRC unit, along with lady constables. Insightful presentations were also shown explaining the security systems and redressal mechanisms in the metro. Everyone agreed that such trainings help to exude confidence if one needs to retaliate in case of an attack. There was exhibition of books about Sardar Patel outside the conference hall. The celebrations culminated with a soulful rendition of the national anthem and the national song respectively, on both days.
Photo credits: Tarunima Kumar, IP College for Women