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Republic Day celebrated at NITK Surathkal

Republic Day celebrated at NITK Surathkal
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Mangaluru: NITK Surathkal, one of India’s top engineering institutes, celebrated its 74th Republic Day 2023 with gusto. The event began with a guard of honour to the Indian tricolour by a contingent of the institute NCC cadets.

The Institute witnessed the Ceremonial Parade by NCC Cadets, NITK English and Kannada Medium School students, and Security staff. Students from various clubs participated in several cultural events. Institute’s Director In-charge & Dean of Faculty Welfare, Prof G. C Mohan Kumar, highlighted the importance of Republic Day in India’s glory and reminded the students of the countless sacrifices made by our forefathers to obtain independence from British rule.

National Institute of Technology Karnataka Surathkal (NITK) is proud to announce that it has declared itself a plastic-free zone from this Republic Day 2023 onwards.

The decision has been taken at the highest level to encourage the implementation of green and sustainable practices at NITK. The aim is to move from single-use plastics to more sustainable products and processes. As part of the commitment to the ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission, the NITK administration will ensure the implementation of this ban in collaboration with local vendors. From this date onwards, plastic items like cutlery, drinking straws, polythene and food packaging materials will no longer be available on campus. In its place, biodegradable and eco-friendly alternatives will be put in place.

The NITK campus is already known for its green initiatives, such as its commitment to waste segregation and effective usage of EVs. The plastic-free campus is a much-anticipated move that aims to reduce the environmental burden and make a lasting contribution to the ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission. Speaking about this contemporary initiative, the Director of NITK said “Our aim is to promote sustainable living and reduce the negative consequences of plastic disposal. We believe that adopting this policy will go a long way in creating a cleaner and greener campus.”

With a clear vision to protect and preserve the environment, the institution has decided to put a total ban on the use of single-use plastic from that date forward. The decision has been taken to raise environmental awareness among the students, faculty and staff. In support of this initiative, NITK will implement various beneficial measures such as banning the usage of plastic-packaged products, eliminating plastic bottles and other single-use plastic items in its canteens and other eateries, and promoting the use of reusable eco-friendly alternatives.

The event concluded with award distribution for the Best NCC Cadets, Security staff, NITK Kannada and English Medium school students. NITK’s Registrar Shri Ravindranath, Deans, NCC Officers, HODs, Teaching and Non-Teaching staff, with more than 1000 people participating in the Republic Day event.

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