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Republic Day 2021 Celebrations at IIT Jodhpur

IIT Jodhpur celebrated the 72rd Republic Day on 26 January 2020 with a grand celebration both in-person and on virtual platform with rich cultural performances from students, staff, faculty and campus children. The event started with the hoisting of the national flag by the Director, Prof. Santanu Chaudhury, followed by the National Anthem. The flag hoisting ceremony was attended by Heads and Deans while maintaining social distancing, and was livestreamed to the entire IITJ fraternity on the online platform. Sweets were distributed at the Institute’s main gate for all security personnel, housekeeping staff, and staff of the Primary Health Centre.


After the national anthem, the Republic Day Address by the Director was delivered live from the Boardroom on the virtual platform. Anmol Gupta, General Secretary, Board of Literary Affairs, also delivered a speech. On this occasion, the Institute also announced the 2020 Meritorious Staff Awards. These awards were presented by the Director to Mr. Gajraj Sharma, Mr. Laxman Singh, Mr. Shakti Ranjan Patra, and Mr. Anand Padegaonkar.


This was followed by wonderful cultural performances by students, faculty and staff members of IIT Jodhpur and children from Kendriya Vidyalaya IIT Jodhpur. The program was moderated by Divyanshu Pandey and Akshat Jain of BTech First Year, and the performances included speech, songs, poetry, dance, drama, and musical performances by students Shikhar Shrivastava, Aditya, Shatakshi, Jatin, Saksham Singh, Pranjal Bhagat, Tanay Anand, Sweta Tiwari, Anita, Snehraj Gaur, Vanya Sharma, Soumil Sinha, Aryan Tiwari, Piyush Gojiya, Sushmita Rajkhowa, Vikram, Kartik, Rohit, and Shreyash Gupta. The program also witnessed artwork demonstrations and musical and poetic performances by members of faculty and staff, Dr. Srijan Sengupta, Dr. Ram Prakash, Mrs. Neha Katiyar, Mrs. Aarti Khanduri, Security Officer Captain Iman, Mr. Chandan Sharma, Dr. Prasenjeet Tribhuvan and Ms. Eveleen Sidana. The event also included special performance by the Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat Team of the Institute. Before the event, the Office of Students had organized Drawing, Singing, Poetry Recitation, and Dance competitions for children on campus in different age groups, while the Student Activity Council had organized Debate, India Quiz, Article Writing, Art, Photography and Poster Design competitions for the students. The results of these competitions were also announced during the program by Dr. Preeti Tiwari. The virtual program concluded with a Vote of Thanks by Manvendra Shah, General Secretary, Board of Art & Culture.