Monday, January 30, 2023

AR flags in National Integration Tour

Staff Reporter

The flag-in ceremony of National Integration Tour (Nagaland to Gujarat) for students of Dimapur and Chumukedima districts was held here at St. Joseph University (SJU) campus, Tuesday.
The tour was organised and sponsored by the Ministry of Home affairs and 43rd Bn. Assam Rifles (AR). A total of 16 students (nine girls and seven boys) from Tetso College and St. Joseph University along with two professors each from the respective colleges, participated in the tour. The ten-day tour which was flagged-off on September 30 culminated on October 10.
With an aim to provide the students of Nagaland exposure to various educational and industrial institutions in the state of Gujarat, and to bring about comprehensive growth, the NIT was organised. It was flagged-off from Tetso College by Brigadier Sachinder Tiwari, Sena Medal, Commander, 6 Sector Assam Rifles in the presence of civil dignitaries, GB’s, professors & students of both colleges.
During the flag-in programme, Inspector General of Assam Rifles (N) Maj. Gen. Vikas Lahera as guest of honour, stated that he was hopeful that the tour programme had enriched the minds and wisdom of the tour team.
Lahera also mentioned about undertaking the tour, which he said was to give the student a glimpse of India as a country, and where it is headed.
Lahera called upon the young people to participate in the story of progress, and to be a part of the journey. He encouraged the students to venture out and explore the diversity of the country.
During the programme, experiences of the tour were shared by the students wherein it was mentioned that they witness a demonstration by the elite National Security Guards (NSG) and an equipment display by 18 Maratha Light Infantry Battalion.
During the National Integration Tour, students also got the opportunity of interacting with Acharya Devvrat, the Governor of Gujarat on October 6, 2022.
The participating students & professors visited IIM Ahmedabad, Statue of Unity, NIFT Gandhinagar, Reliance Refinery, Ahmedabad Science City, Vikram Sarabhai Space Exhibition Centre, Sabarmati Ashram, Akshardham Temple & Narara Marine Park. Enroute the students also visited India Gate & National War Memorial at New Delhi.
Earlier, flag-in programme was chaired by Lotsala Sangtam of MA-III Semester, welcome address was delivered by dean of students affairs, St. Joseph University, professor Charles, cultural song and dance were presented by St. Joseph University students from history department and education department, and invocation prayer was offered by St. Joseph University campus manager, Rev. Fr. Sezhian. Students were also facilitated during the programme.
The flag-in programme was attended by local administration officials, college staff and students.

Guest of honour, dignitaries, and students at the Flag-in programme on Tuesday. (NP)
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