IISER Pune today celebrated India’s 66th Republic Day by hoisting the tricolour atop the magnificent new 100 feet tall flagpole. The flagpole, a recent addition to the campus, is one of the three tallest in Pune.
Director of the institute, Prof. K. N. Ganesh, initiated the proceedings. The flag hoisting was followed by a march-past of a contingent of the IISER security personnel. The army band from Maratha Light Infantry played patriotic tunes.
In his speech Prof. Ganesh thanked faculty and administrative staff for their contribution to the institute. He exhorted the scientists and students to put in their best efforts, reiterating the institute’s commitment to nurturing and training the best talent to carry out scientific research in service of the nation.
Later, IISER students presented a cultural programme showcasing the in-house talent. The event began with a flute recital of patriotic songs followed by a rendition of Vande Mataram on the violin. Both traditional as well as modern elements representing various traditions and styles in Indian music were presented. The performances included an ensemble that presented a fusion of Hindustani and Carnatic music, along with solo recitals of mouth organ, guitar, vocals, sitar and a Bharathnatyam dance piece.
You can view glimpses of the event in this video.
-Photos by Yaikhomba Mutum; Reported by Apurva Barve