Bhubaneswar, November 1: Sainik School, Bhubaneswar on Monday welcomed ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ – ‘Vijay Masshal’. The event coincided with welcoming of the first batch of 10 girl cadets of Class-VI inducted into the School this year.
The ‘Swarnim Vijay Mashaal’, one of the four Mashaals which was lit at the National War Memorial to celebrate the ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’, commemorating 50 years of India’s victory against Pakistan in the 1971 war, was received by School Principal Group Captain S Dominic Rayan at the Martyrs’ Memorial. The victory flame was displayed at the sanctum sanctorum wherein a wreath laying ceremony was organised and homage was paid to the brave and valiant soldiers of the Armed Forces who laid down their lives while protecting our motherland and helping our neighbour nation Bangladesh in its freedom.
The Vijay Mashaal was then taken to the School campus by the Principal in an open gypsy. Cadets and members of the staff formed a human chain en-route and chanted slogans of Bharat Mata Ki Jai and Vande Mataram while welcoming and seeing off the Victory Flame.
The Vijay Mashaal was also displayed at Vivekananda Hall wherein cadets of Classes from IX to XII including the newly admitted girls presented a short cultural programme with patriotic outlook.
State School and Mass Education Secretary Satyabrata Sahu graced the occasion as the chief guest.
Air Marshal JN Burma, PVSM AVSM VSM (Retd) also addressed the gathering on the role of the Armed Forces both in war, peace and international relations. Air Commodore TK Rath, VSM (Retd), Brigadier LC Patnaik (Retd), Air Commodore Arabinda Mohanty, VSM (Retd), Amitav Swain, Commodore Somen Banerjee, DDG NCC, Captain (Indian Navy) Subhash Chandra Das, Deputy Naval Officer In-Charge (Odisha), Group Captain Sachin Gupta, Fighter Pilot, Group Commander, NCC Group Headquarters, Berhampur; Colonel Rajinish Kapoor, Group Commander, NCC Group Headquarters Cuttack, Wing Commander Shyam Sundar Commanding Officer, 9 Airmen Selection Centre Bhubaneswar, Wing Commander Bishnu Dutta SK Jenamani, Fighter Pilot, Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry), K Srinivasan, Regional Officer, CBSE, Bhubaneswar, Soumen Ghosh, Project Coordinator, Regional Science Centre and Professor Gowramma IP from the RIE and Lieutenant Commander Chinmoy Behura graced the occasion.
Commander Pritika Sharma, Administrative Officer and Commander Usha Sangwan, Vice Principal, the two women officers in the School have organised resource management and ensured successful conduct of the event with patriotic fervour.