August 15, 2016: The 70th independence day was celebrated with vigour and a great of gratitude toward s our motherland. The entire student fraternity, the supporting staff and the faculty came together to celebrate this auspicious occasion by offering a salute to the tri-colour and re-instilling the sense of democracy, equality, tolerance, brotherhood and peace. Under the able leadership of the esteem faculty, students organized a cultural event, followed by social awareness programs and the flagship ‘Bikerthon’ to spread awareness about safe driving.

The event started with a salutation ceremony of the national flag by the staff guard of IIM Kashipur, followed by the flag hoisting and the recital of the national anthem. Dr. Gautam Sinha, Director, IIM Kashipur, took everyone present on a walk through the 70 years of our freedom, the struggles and the sacrifices that the country bore to attain it and how the IIMs and the IITs share the onus of help make a better, brighter India. He drew a parallel reference to the journey of IIM Kashipur of the years; how it began from a batch to thirty four students to nearly three hundred fifty at present. In a short span of five years IIM Kashipur has made its mark in the academia. IIM kashipur has been felicitated by Best B-School in the north twice by ABP News, 2nd best emerging B-School by Times Survey, bronze medal for the theme ‘Leadership in Corporate Engagement’ at the Indian Management Conclave. IIM Kashipur is also the only B-school with management courses certified by the World Bank, and the only B-school with a full credit course in ‘Make In India’. The shift from the old campus to the state-of-the-art 200 acre new campus is definitely an achievement in itself. Dr. Sinha reminded everyone that one cannot forget the contributions of great business minds and managers who have put the nation in such a high economic pedestal. It is our duty to push forward towards greater achievements.

Following the flag hoisting ceremony, a host of cultural activities were initiated. It began with the famous “At the stroke of midnight..” speech of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. To rekindle the fire of the struggle for independence, students performed Ram Prasad Bismil’s magnum opus ‘Sarfaroshi Ki tamaanaah ab humare dil mein hai.’ And sure it did pull us back to the days when India suffered under the yoke of foreign rule and it’s martyr cleansed this nation of tyranny with their own blood.

‘Unity in diversity’ can be found all over IIM Kashipur as students from the farthest corners of  the nation come over to purse their studies in management. So the students took up the theme to present classical dance forms from all sides of the nation. The dance was a major hit as it highlighted the diversity and unity of the nation across all the states of the country.

The music club of IIM Kashipur, Zephyr, performed the zealous tracts of ‘Vande Mataram’, ‘Roobaru’ and ‘Maula mere’ among many others.

The cultural program highlighted one of India’s great freedom martyrs, Udham Singh, and his contribution to the nation’s struggle for freedom. It was indeed a very moving story. Located in Udham Singh Nagar of Kashipur, Uttarakhand, it is IIM Kashipur’s homage to this great figure.

The performances took us through the wars of 60’s, the surrednder of our arch rival in 70’s, the beginning of the presence of India on the global map in the 80’s, the economic liberalization of the 90’s and the world’s fastest growing economy in the 21st century. Dr. Sinha commented that while the global economy is waning, India is bolstering its economy with ingenious business and managerial acumen.

A skit helped describe the united picture of India. Though we individually are distinct from region to region, but when it comes to our nation, we stand strong and united, as one.

With the completion of the cultural program, students gathered to attend the flagship road-safety awareness campaign of IIM Kashipur – Bikerthon, organized by Bikers’ Club IIM Kashipur.  It was flagged off by the Director from the auditorium complex of IIM Kashipur. The program had garnered the participation of over eighty students, spreading the awareness of maintaining traffic rules, and abiding by the safety rules for road traffic. On the way, ‘nukkad nataks’ were performed to illustrate various They started from the IIM Kashipur auditorium and covered a distance of 25 km across the streets of Kashipur, to reach the new campus of IIM Kashipur and back. The Nukkad Natak team also performed at  Priya Mall to cheer the participants and draw cheers from the passers-by. All along the way the ‘nukkad nataks’ and the road safety awareness campaigns helped spread the message traffic safety.

The final event was an awareness program on gender equality and fairness by Gender Champions- a social initiative by students of IIM Kashipur. The performed skits to spread the awareness and showed how much society is impacted by gender equality.

The event came to a close with a final speech from the Director, reminding everyone as how struggle forges the best in everyone and helps bring out the best of their potentials, and a vote of thanks from PGP Chairperson, Prof. Ashish Kumar, referring to all the cultural acts and social awareness programs undertaken by the student fraternity with an undiluted support from the faculty of IIM Kashipur.

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