The 71st Independence Day of India was celebrated with pride and joy in Christian College of Engineering and Technology (CCET), Bhilai. The weather too was in festive mood as its pleasantness added to the fervor of this auspicious occasion. Amongst its elegant pagoda rooftops and beautiful gardens, CCET celebrated the 71st anniversary of independent India on 15th of August, 2017. Like the past 20 years of CCET’s culture, this year too, the program started at 8.30 am. The flag was hoisted by Fr Josen John, Assistant Vicar, Orthodox Church, Bhilai in the presence of Fr Jose K Varghese, EVC, Dr Dipali Soren, Principal, HOD’s of various departments, faculties, staff and students of CCET. Thereafter the national anthem was sung with vehemence and the gathering was addressed by the Executive Vice Chairman of CCET, Fr Jose K Varghese at college auditorium. He congratulated the gathering on this auspicious day and greeted them on the occasion of Janmastami. Then a silence of 2 minutes was observed in the wake of Gorakhpur Tragedy and martyred soldiers. In his motivating speech Fr Jose K Varghese said that we must look to the future by planting our feet firmly in the present and taking lessons from the past. He urged the gathering to fight against social evils like communalism, casteism, extremism, poverty and jingoism etc, as our braves are fighting at the border. He asked every citizen to become responsible and self-disciplined Indians, who can give more than they are taking from the country and nature.

The Principal, Dr Dipali Soren in her speech asked the gathering to remember our greatest and most ancient tradition of “Unity in Diversity”. She urged the gathering to sacrifice anything to uphold India’s glorious tenets. She said that only patriotism can save the freedom of our country from foreign as well as internal enemies. She motivated the gathering to work tirelessly for poverty free, disease free, extremism free and most of all corruption free India, where we all stand above our personal gains and put our motherland above us. After this the students of CCET spell bounded the audience with their colorful cultural programs under the tutelage of Mrs Payal Roy. They performed impressive group song and dance together with zealous speech in both Hindi and English. Their enthusiasm was contagious and inspiring from the expressions of their dance to the quotes of Mahatama Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda in their motivational speech. The Vote of thanks for this event was proposed by Mr Prashant, 5th Sem, Electrical Dept and the anchors were Ms Sibi Boban, 7th Sem, Mechanical Dept and Ms Vinita Garhvaliya, 5th Sem, Electrical Dept.