Sainik School Kodagu celebrated the 77th Independence Day with utmost patriotic fervour and enthusiasm on 15 Aug 2023. The event witnessed the presence of distinguished guests and an array of captivating activities, marking a memorable day in the school's history. The esteemed Chief Guest for the occasion was Air Vice Marshal R V Ramkishore, VSM, LBA Chairman, Sainik School Kodagu. His presence illuminated the event, symbolising the unwavering commitment of the armed forces to the nation's growth and prosperity. Adding to the honour was the attendance of Command Education Officer Group Captain Shakti Kumar, who graced the occasion with her notable presence.
The celebrations commenced with a poignant wreath-laying ceremony at the school’s war memorial by the chief guest paying homage to the gallant souls who laid down their lives for the country's freedom. An elegant march past was put up by the cadets led by the parade commander Cdt Aditya Singh. The disciplined and precision-loaded march past put up by the cadets was also counted for the Inter House Drill Competition.
The crowning moment arrived with the solemn Flag Hoisting, as the tricolour soared high, symbolising the spirit of freedom and unity. This was followed by a captivating Cultural Programme that showcased the talents of the young cadets, reflecting the rich cultural diversity of India.
The event also served as a platform to recognise and honour the dedication and excellence of the school's staff. Mrs Prathibha Kalyani, TGT Hindi, received the Principal’s commendation for her exceptional contributions to the institution's academic prowess and growth. Acknowledging the academic accomplishments, cadets who scored centum in Class X Board Examination, AISSE 2022-23 were felicitated, with their respective subject teachers receiving well-deserved cash awards as a token of appreciation and motivation.
The culmination of the event was marked by the harmonious rendition of the National Anthem, echoing the spirit of patriotism and unity that the day symbolises. The resonance of every voice united in pride and gratitude filled the air, reminding everyone of the sacrifices that paved the way for the nation's independence.
AVM R V Ramkishore, VSM, The LBA Chairman generously contributed ₹3 lakh to Sainik School Kodagu, further bolstering the institution's resources and demonstrating his commitment to its growth and development. Air Vice Marshal also inaugurated Obavva Enclave, A total of 24 No’s GE quarters, marking a significant expansion of residential facilities at the institution. This development reflects Sainik School Kodagu's dedication to enhancing the living standards of its staff and their families.
In his speech, addressing the cadets and staff, the Chief Guest of the Day highlighted the importance of disciplined life and the opportunities available in the armed forces. In a succinct yet poignant ceremony, Sainik School Kodagu paid homage to the sacrifices of the past, celebrated the achievements of the present, and laid a promising foundation for the future. The 77th Independence Day celebration stood as a testament to the school's unwavering commitment to nurturing disciplined, knowledgeable, and responsible citizens of India. Mrs R Hemabindu, Shri Jagannath, DDPI, Kodagu Dist, Khenpo Karma Tsering and Khenpo Tenzin Yeshi, The Buddhist Scholars from the Monastery, Bylukkuppe, Mrs Priyanka Kannan, Officers posted in the school, NCC PI Staff from 19 Kar Battalion and the school, ANOs, staff and cadets were present on the occasion .