To mark the celebrations of the 150th Birth Anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, the country observed a wide array of events namely “Swachhata Pakhwada”, “Fit India Movement” and “No Use of Single Use Plastics”, “Swachhata Hi Seva” campaigns, etc. The campaigns were aimed to encourage the citizens of the country to follow the path of cleanliness as was envisaged by the Father of the nation.
In line with the celebrations, the ICAR Institutes across the country too organized various events to celebrate the occasion with full zeal.
ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi
The Institute organized the Swachhata Campaign “Swachhata Hi Seva”. The Institute’s staff members also pledged to adopt the habit of cleanliness.
The Institute also held the campaign for “No to Single Use Plastics” to encourage less / ban the single use plastic bags.
ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad
The Institute celebrated the occasion from 26th September to 2nd October, 2019. The Institute also organized the “Swachhata Hi Seva” from 11th September to 2nd October, 2019.
Following the theme and scheme of the Central Government, the Institute held a campaign to ban the use of single use plastics in any forms in the campus.
The Chief Guest of the Valedictory Function, Dr. A. Raghu Kumar, Advocate, Telangana State High Court delivered the special lecture on Mahatma Gandhi’s Philosophy. Dr. Kumar also felicitated the winners of various competitions.
Dr. S.K. Soam, Joint Director, ICAR-NAARM highlighted about Gandhi Ji’s capability to use the then existing media of communication very effectively for mobilizing the masses in the various historical events of India’s independence struggle.
ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubaneswar
The Institute organized a wide array of various activities to mark the celebrations of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
The Chief Guest, Smt. Aparajita Sarangi, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Bhubaneswar briefed about the basic aim of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s initiative of “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”. She urged to adopt the campaign as an integral part of our lives in order to pay our real tributes to the Father of the Nation.
Dr. Dillip Srichandan, Chairman, Prerana, Bhubaneswar and Noted Gandhian Shri Prahlad Kumar Sinha marked their presence as the Guests of Honor of the occasion.
Dr. Dilip urged to ban the use of single use plastics.
Shri Prahlad urged the students present to follow the path of Satya and Ahimsa in their lives.
Earlier, Dr. B.R. Pillai, Director, ICAR-CIFA outlined the overview of the programme.
ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi
The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute organized an awareness programme.
The Institute also arranged the Lectures on Gandhian principles and Swachhata Hi Seva for the students with an aim to inculcate the habits of cleanliness in them.
(Source: Respective ICAR Institutes)