National Unity Day celebrated; floral tributes to Sardar Patel

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Oct 31, 2014 21:43 IST

The Central University of Himachal Pradesh (CUHP) on Friday celebrated National Unity Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of the first home minister of India, at its temporary academic block (TAB) at Shahpur and camp office in Dharamsala.

CUHP vice-chancellor Yoginder Singh Verma and the faculty members paid floral tribute to Patel at the inception of the function. The vice chancellor administered oath of 'national integrity and sovereignty' to the faculty members, non-teaching staff and students.

Verma remembered the great contribution of Patel to unify different princely states in to present shape of India. “Young generation can play a pro-active role in making the bond of national unity strong by following the footsteps of Patel,” said Verma, adding that the great leader unified the country by adopting a method of secularism and non-violence.

Coordinator for celebrating Patel's birth anniversary, HR Sharma, who is also the dean students' welfare, said the department of economics and public policy and department of travel and tourism organised a symposium on 'National unity, safety and security'.

The School of Journalism Mass Communication and New Media screened a documentary 'Sardar' directed by Ketan Mehta and Paresh Rawal in the role of Patel. It was followed by a panel discussion. The department of teacher education also screened a movie picturing the struggle and contribution of Patel's life.

To pay tribute to Patel, the students of the department of languages recited poem and organised an essay writing competition on the occasion.

Tribute paid to Gandhi, Patel in Kullu

Kullu: Floral tribute was paid to former prime minister Indira Gandhi and iron man Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel on the death and birth anniversary respectively in Kullu on Friday.

The district administration celebrated the occasion at deputy commissioner's office premises, while the Congress party workers gathered at the Congress office in Kullu.

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