By :- Akankshya Pradhan, Abhilash Singh and Sabyasachi Nanda
The country of India is a land of cultures. Since ancient times, India has provided a safe haven for people around the world, which saw them pouring in from various countries spanning as far as Greece. This rich mix of races has made India what it is today: a land that celebrates every being in India as an Indian. Such diversity in the cultures and traditions of the citizens of our country has been integrated and unified by a very strong sense of patriotism for our motherland, and this unity in diversity is celebrated in the form of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, 31st of October. VSSUT, Burla celebrated this day in 2020 with “Rashtriya Ekta Samaroh,” a series of competitive events.
The event started at 10:30 am on Google Meet with the inauguration ceremony. Eminent college authorities attended the inauguration, including Dr. Bibhuti Bhusan Pati (Vice Chancellor), Prof.(Dr.) Sarat Kumar Swain (Dean, Academic Affairs), Prof. Sudhanshu Sekhar (Dean, Students’ Welfare) Das, Mrs. Sarmila Garnaik (Faculty Advisor, Quizzine), Dr. Anil Kumar Kar (Vice President, Cultural society and coordinator NSS), Dr. Harish Kumar Sahoo (Vice President, Technical Society), and ANO Lt. Birendra Barik. Their words of wisdom on integrity and unity of the diverse cultures were remarkable. Following the inauguration, the Intra College Quiz competition by Quizzine was begun. The event saw great participation with students from all academic years actively participating in the quiz. The quiz was proctored by Sounmay Mishra, a pre-final year student from Electrical Engineering. The questions of the “India Quiz” were heavily appreciated by the guests as well as the participants. The quiz of twenty questions was conducted on Google Meet, with the quizmaster, Sounmay, presenting the questions on-screen. The participants were given a time limit of 30-40 seconds to answer each question on a Google form. Once all the forms were submitted, the answers were presented and discussed by the quizmaster, which bought him a lot of applause for his set of amazing questions. After a gap of around fifteen minutes, the scores were evaluated and the results were announced. The winners were Shrutashraba Mishra with 17 points, Sonal Panda and Soumya Sutar with 16 points, Prajnakalpa Mishra with 15 points, and Tanmay Ranjan Behera with 14 points.
Following the quiz, an intra-college speech competition was organized by the Idea and Innovation Club (IIC). It was held virtually through Google Meet. Two honorable professors from the university were appointed as judges for the event, namely, Dr. Anil Kumar Kar & Mrs. Sarmila Garnaik. The event started at sharp 12:30 pm, with the opening speech of both the judges. The theme of the event was “Contribution of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in India’s Safety and Security”. A total of 8 participants competed in the event. Each participant was given 5 min for the speech, with the freedom to choose any language among English, Hindi, and Odia. After all the participants had delivered their respective speeches, the marks of both the judges were tallied and the top 3 winners were announced. The first position was secured by Anurag Patro, Jyotsana Kumari Gupta came second, and the third position was shared by Shruti Kashyap and Partha Sarathi Dash. It was followed by a closing speech by the host, with the event concluding by 1:30 pm.
Later in the evening, Literary Society, in collaboration with NSS had organized an online intra-college speech competition for the students of VSSUT at 4:00 pm. The event was addressed by some eminent personalities. Mr. Jaydev Mohapatra, a retired Subedar Major in the Indian army addressed as the chief guest of the event. Dr. Bhibuti Bhushan Pati, Prof. Sudhanshu Shekhar Das, and Dr. Anil Kumar Kar also embraced the event and enlightened the students about the power of unity. The competition was conducted on an online platform via Google Meet
The event started with the crucial words and advice from the esteemed dignitaries. They all illuminated the students about the importance of unity in our lives. Students had actively participated in the competition and shared their views on the given topic, “United we stand, divided we fall”. There were 10 participants and other students had also joined as spectators. The participants presented their speech in all three languages: Hindi, Odia, and English, which represented our diversity and the unity within it. The event was completed smoothly in one and a half hours. The understanding and concern of students about unity and its importance were really appreciable.