A unique college Online Independence Day Celebration amid pandemic.Mumbai: Today is Saturday, 15th August 2020 our 74th Independence Day that we are celebrating betwixt the lockdown scenario due to the ongoing pandemic "COVID-19." The celebration of this year was just as everyone thought i.e. an online celebration with same gusto but this time, it was a celebration with a combination of parents, teachers and students of the college.
The event was organized by the college PTA of Agnel Polytechnic – Vashi, with assigning the challenge of organizing the fiesta to the special student's committee that was selected from every branch, led by the college prefect. The theme was set to be traditional wear with national integration. As the college has five branches, each branch had six members i.e. two students from each year from with family, one class teacher from each class, college principal, HOD of each department, five PTA member and five organizing committees that takes the total members for the gala to sixty. They organized the following events for the jamboree which would be given prizes for the top three in each category:
a) Traditional wear with National Integration – Every participant has to wear their traditional wear as per their caste or state along with family members fusing with Independence Day theme. The screen gave the ultimate unity in diversity fell as everyone was dressed in their authentic attire and three winners were picked by the college principal.
b) Patriotic song singing competition – Every department was given a language to learn and sing a patriotic song other than Hindi or English as it was most common. The Marathi song "He Rashtra Devtanche" won the prize.
c) Elocution Competition – Each class had to speak for 2-minutes on any freedom or national leader that took part in our independence fight. So within 45 minutes, fifteen freedom fighters were highlighted by students and the jury selected 3 best speakers who spoke about Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Dr B.R. Ambedkar and Vallabhai Patel won the prize.
d) Independence Day theme Quiz competition – The organizing committee organized a 74 question quiz competition for everyone following the theme of India's independence which included topics on freedom fighters, Indian constitution, patriotic movies and songs, etc. The answer needs to be sent to the group WhatsApp number. The person sending the first correct answer will get points and the top 3 were selected for prize from the PTA members.
Every member along with teachers participated with full zest and interest which was much more than expected while celebrating it online. The final result with the prize for each competition was announced by the organizing committee. The HOD gave the vote of thanks and our loving PTA committee sponsored the prize which would be sent to respective winners through online within a week. The group stood in attention, repeated the pledge after our college principal, we sang the National Anthem and lastly the patriotic song "Hum honge kamyab." A unique Independence Day ended with full of ebullience and enthusiasm than expected.
(My entry for the Independence Day contest -unique online celebrations by schools and colleges )