Mysuru: “India has emerged as one of the strong nations in the world, and we must work hard to ensure it continues to grow economically, socially and in the field of education,” said minister for higher education , who is also Mysuru’s district in-charge minister at the Torchlight Parade Grounds here on Wednesday.
Devegowda, who unfurled the national flag to mark the 72nd celebrations, stressed the need to maintain unity in the country, while emphasising the importance of framing policies to make India self-reliant. Pointing to India’s young demographic, Devegowda said, “Majority of India’s population is young, and we must utilise their potential in all fields. Their achievements in science, technology, medicine, agriculture and industry will help realise the dream of a skilled India.”

Devegowda said that the education system should be revamped to eradicate superstition, illiteracy and ignorance. Highlighting the role played by women in the nation-building process, the minister said, “Women should be provided opportunities on all spheres. We need an India that is for the downtrodden, exploited classes and the differently abled.”

The minister called on people to remember the sacrifices of freedom fighters such as Rani Laksmibai of Jhansi, Rani Channamma, Sangolli Rayanna, Subhash Cnahdra Bose, Mahatma Gandhi, Chandrashekhar Azad, Balgangadhar vTilak, , BR Ambedkar and .

More than 2,000 students from various city schools participated in the Independence Day celebrations, unfazed by the rain that poured on Wednesday morning. More than 400 students from Rotary Brindavan School, and 650 students from government schools, besides 350 from Saint Anthony High School and 700 from Good Shepherd Convent mesmerised the spectators with their performance.schools, over 350 students from Saint Anthony high school, and over 700 students from Good Shepherd Convent took part in the celebrations and mesmerized the audience with their performance.

As the Independence Day parade was a sight to behold, some who performed exceptionally were awarded on the occasion

Armed police

First place: Railway protection force

Second place: Karnataka Police Academy

Third: City Armed force

Civil Category

First place: NCC Air force

Second place: Forest department women’s wing

Third place: NCC Army


First place: Jawahar Navodaya Boys

Second place: Jawahar Navodaya Girls

Third Place: Police Public School

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