The 65th Republic Day celebrations were marked with fervour and zeal in educational institutes as the spirit of patriotism engulfed the city. Students vied to showcase their prowess and love for the motherland at the function held by Punjabi University at its campus on Sunday.
University vice-chancellor Jaspal Singh, who unfurled the flag in the presence of faculty, students and other staff members, said, "This day reminds all citizens about their responsibility towards the country. It brings together everyone irrespective of their caste, creed, or region."
A cultural event was also organised by the university students.
Students of DAV Public School celebrated the Republic Day by hoisting the national flag and singing the national song. Students also made human pyramid and showcased their talents. The tiny tots of the school presented a dance on the song 'Yeh desh hai veer jawaano ka'. Besides, a circus show was staged to sensitise the audience towards cruelty against animals, and skits on social evils were presented.
School principal SR Prabhakar was honoured for his work in the field of education by education minister Sikandar Singh Maluka with the 'Honour of Education-2013' award , while Budha Dal Public School celebrated the Republic Day with patriotic zeal, and students showcased their pride and love for the country by performing an array of events centered on patriotism. Students sang patriotic songs and performed dances depicting the Indian culture and religious harmony. A dance performance on 'Mera rang de basanti chola' was the highlight of the event.
Besides, NCC cadets presented a march pass. The programme concluded with principal Amrit Aujla's address, who told the students to uphold their dignity and self-respect in the fast-changing times and later released tri-coloured helium balloons.
The International Institute of Fashion Design and Narain Public School also celebrated the Republic Day on their campuses. Students sang patriotic songs and different competitions, including declamation, rangoli, poster-making and face painting were also organised.