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‘Without struggle, no bigger goal can be achieved’, says Vice Chancellor of this university

Marking the 76th Independence Day celebration on campus, Prof. (Dr.) Raj S Dhankar, Vice Chancellor, Apeejay Stya University encourages youth to imbibe this valuable message



On the occasion of 76th Independence Day, Apeejay Stya University (ASU) organised Tiranga Divas – ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ at its campus. The celebration witnessed participation from all teaching and non-teaching staff along with 50 students from Government Senior Secondary School, Silani. 

Patriotic fervour filled the air all over ASU as each individual participated in various competitions themed on ‘National Flag’ and ‘Independence Day’ with pride.

The event commenced with the unfurling of the tricolour flag by Prof. (Dr.) Raj S Dhankar, Vice Chancellor, Apeejay Stya University. Following this, Dr. Sonam Raheja, faculty member from School of Engineering and Technology (SOET) gave the welcome address while congratulating everyone present, on completion of 75 years of India’s Independence. 

Addressing the gathering, Prof. Dhankar reiterated the importance of education and technology in nation building and further emphasised to prepare oneself in a manner so that the history of slavery and struggle for a long period of time does not repeat itself. “What element or factor was missing amongst people that led to such slavery and suppression during the British Rule,” he questioned while answering, “Had we been united right from the beginning of the British era, the struggle would not have been for 200 long years.”

However, he also stressed on a valuable message for today’s generation which they should always remember – “Without struggle, no bigger goal can be achieved!” He emphasised, “Irada sakt ho, majboot ho, toh koi hara nahi sakta!” With these valuable and powerful words, Prof. Dhankar concluded his speech. 

Amid cheers and applause, the crowd shouted “Bharat Mata ki Jai ” and sang “Saare Jahan Se Achha, Hindustan Hamara, Hum Bulbule Hain Iski Ye Gulistan Hamara ”. 

Moreover, as part of the celebration, students participated in various competitions including a Quiz themed on Freedom Fighters and National Flag, drawing competition and singing and dance competition.

The show would have gone incomplete without the two songs – “Kar chale hum fida” and “Chhodo kal ki batein, kal ki baat purani” sung by one of the faculty members Rashid Iqbal. With his incomparable enthusiasm and patriotic spirit, he created the mood of cheerfulness, joy and pride among all.

The Library at ASU reverberated with songs like “Aisa des hai mera”, “Des hai mera rangila”, and “Yeh beti Haryana ki” on which the school students showcased dance performances.

Finally, the day concluded with the prize distribution ceremony. Prof. Raj S. Dhankar, Prof. Moinuddin from SOET,  Dr. Anupama Diwan of School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Prof. Sanjay Ahirwal from School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Dr. Varuna Tyagi, Officiating Registrar, Deputy Dean Academics and Deputy Registrar (Academics) were invited for the same.

For the Quiz competition, the first prize went to Team B’s Akash, Waris and Akash, second prize went to Team C’s Neha, Kanchan and Likesh, and the third prize went to Team D’s Renu, Sudha and Divya. The first prize in the singing and dance competition was won by Renu (solo dance). The second and third prize winners were Tarun (for solo performance) and Anjali and Renu, respectively. For the drawing competition with the theme ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the first prize went to Rani, the second prize went to Pushpanjali and the third prize went to Sanjana. Further, Prof. Moinuddin introduced ‘Special Encouragement Award’ which went to Anjali and Renu for their wonderful performance.

In the end, Prof. Sanjay Ahirwal, Dean, School of Journalism and Mass Communication and as well as the coordinator of this event gave the vote of thanks. Congratulating all the students for their brilliant performance, he shared a strong message with everyone present on the occasion – “Is Tirange ko kabhi girne mat dena.”

Harshita is Assistant Editor at Apeejay newsroom. With experience in both the Media and Public Relations (PR) world, she has worked with Careers360, India Today and Value360 Communications. A learner by nature, she is a foodie, traveller and believes in having a healthy work-life balance.