August 24, 2016
The fortnight-long celebrations, named ‘Azaadi 70,’ was observed by the National Service Scheme (NSS), National Cadet Corps (NCC), and the sports units of the Avinashilingam University. The theme for the celebrations was ‘Yaad Karo Qurbani,’ (remember the sacrifices made). The celebrations that began on August 9 concluded yesterday (August 23).
As a part of the celebrations, students brought to life the gruesome scenes of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, through a skit. Some of the students also enacted a few instances of the Quit India Movement. Patriotic songs were sung by the NCC students.
In her address, Dr. NS Roshini said, “Thanks to the sacrifices made by our forefathers, we are able to enjoy freedom today. It is every individual’s responsibility to build our nation. In nation-building the youth have a major role to play. The youth must realize their roles and responsibility in nation building.”
Also as part of Azaadi 70, about 600 students and 70 staff members visited the villages that were adopted by the Avinashilingam University. The visitors interacted with the villagers and learned a few important aspects pertaining to India’s freedom movement. For example, in the Pre-Independence India, it was mandatory for Indians to wear apparels that were manufactured by the British. Also, Indians were not allowed to hold responsible positions in administrative and other divisions under the British rule.
Around 2,000 NSS volunteers and 150 NCC cadets participated in the candle-light march that was organized as a part of ‘Azaadi 70.’ Dr. Premavathy Vijayan, Vice Chancellor of Avinashilingam University, flagged off the march.
Competitions were also organized for the students of the Avinashilingam University educational institutions.