IIT Bhilai celebrates “Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav”
Indian Institute of Technology Bhilai celebrated the 75th Independence Day - “Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav” with enthusiasm and exuberance. The celebrations began with a flag hoisting ceremony by Prof. Rajat Moona, Director, IIT Bhilai, in front of the academic block which was followed by a grand parade by staff and students, and the singing of the national anthem.
In his address Prof. Rajat Moona spoke about the freedom fighters of India. He recounted the story of the young Khudiram Bose and his unmatched bravery, before speaking about the greatness of Lal Bal Pal, Bipin Chandra Pal, Bhagat Singh and other national heroes.
Prof Moona said that in order to meet the immense expectations from an eminent country like ours, IIT Bhilai must spearhead the national drive towards research and technological development. He spoke about the new Data Science and Artificial Intelligence courses on offer for undergraduate and postgraduate students, the establishment of national and international research collaborations, the institute’s success with student placements, and the award-winning construction project of the permanent campus.
He added that IIT Bhilai must play its part for the betterment of society, while also helping tackle threats against humanity, such as the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. He ended with a poem by Dwarika Prasad Maheshwari, which calls for all of us to move forward with passion.
Celebrating the achievements of meritorious students, three awards were presented on this occasion. Abhishek Shingane (BTech, final year student) received the P. K. Jain Memorial award, set up by Smt. Sharada Jain, for his selfless contribution towards the growth of the institute. The R. P. Singh Memorial Award for Leadership and Social Work, offered by Mr. Akash Keshav Singh, alumnus of IIT Gandhinagar, was given to Shashwat Jaiswal (third year, BTech student). Shalini Kumari (BTech, final year student) received the Gayatri Devi Award for leadership, newly instituted by Mr. Ketan Mishra an alumnus of the first batch of IIT Bhilai.
The award ceremony was followed by a series of dance, drama, and music performances by the students. Moreover, the institute's Central Instrumentation Facility (CIF) along with different departments organized various scientific demonstrations in key research labs to showcase ongoing developments and latest technologies. Several exceptional close-up images, such as the human hair, an ant’s eye, and bacteria were shown live. Cutting-edge machines like 3-D printers, thermal scanning cameras, ultra high speed imaging, and Raman spectroscopy were also demonstrated. The entire event strictly adhered to Covid-19 protocols and was also streamed live online.