Pune: 1,800 students of Zeal Education Society, Narhe formed a human chain in the shape of map of India to celebrate Republic Day on Thursday on the campus of the college.
'Women's empowerment, unity in youngsters, soldiers' strength and caste divides but nation unites' was the message given through the event. Bhanupratap Barge, Assistant Police Commissioner and ATS Chief, Pune was the chief guest.
With only a week's time, the students and professors organised the event. Students were divided into four teams including NSS, Street Play, Nirman (production), Special Task Force and Ranangini. The dimension of the map made by students by forming the human chain was 49 metres wide and 51 metres in height. They used 1,800 cardboard sheets which were painted in the colours of the Tri-colour by the students. There were 470 orange sheets, 850 white sheets, 100 blue and 380 green sheets. The students who were holding the orange sheets included students from the department of IT, civil engineering and computer engineering. The students holding white sheets consisted of mechanical engineering students, while the MBA students were holding Ashoka Chakra sheets and the green sheets were carried by electronic and telecommunication engineering and electrical engineering students.
To mark women's empowerment, 301 girls from the college named Ranangini group managed the event, right from security to parking. Sonali Dhamdhere, leader of the group said, “20 girls were in the parking team, more than 200 girls in the security team and the rest were volunteers. We are the first girls' group in the college who managed to do everything successfully.”
Barge, in his speech said, “Youth should be aware about the anti-terrorism war in India. All young people should unite and strengthen internal security of the country against all anti-social agents. Youths should understand that they should not come under any influence and do bad for our own nation.”
Jayesh Katkar, Executive Director of the college, said, “The students decided to manage everything on their own and we supported them financially. The civil engineering students conceptualised the replica of map to form it in a human chain in just two days. Along with it the other batches of students also put efforts in managing and carrying out the event in a successful manner.”