INDEPENDENCE DAY-FREEDOM FORTNIGHT CELEBRATION August 15, 2016 News, Social Responsibility Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute always takes pride in celebrating festivals of national importance and this year too on the 15th August, the 70th year of independence was celebrated with pomp and grandeur. In accordance with the directions received from the University Grants Commission (UGC), the Azadi 70- Yaad Karo Qurbani or the Freedom Fortnight was observed along with the rest of the nation. The two-week long celebration began on the 9th of August 2016 and ended on the 23rd of august 2016. Organized to create an awareness about the sacrifices made by our forefathers, the students and the staff participated in a series of activities arranged by various clubs. The members of Eco Club and NSS undertook a tree planting drive on the 12th of August 2016, which was presided over by the Dean, Professor M.Ravishankar and the Vice Principal (Students), Professor Partha Nandi. The students planted over a dozen trees in the campus inculcating the idea of sustainable development. A painting competition was conducted on August 22nd where students showcased their artistic interpretation of the theme “Independent India”. The paintings were judged by Professor Rajkumar Patil and Assistant Professor Suganya from the Department of Community Medicine. The Dean gave away the prizes and awarded the first prize to Ragul Raj of 3rd year MBBS and the second prize to Jamuna also of 3rd year MBBS. The 14 days of events culminated on August 23rd, which saw students of all batches gather for the mass recitation of the national anthem. The Dean, Vice Principal and chief security officer graced the occasion and threw light on the importance of patriotism and our responsibilities towards the nation.