PANDU, Dec 3 � The National Service Scheme (NSS) of Pandu College observed Quami Ekta Week, 2011 from November 19 to 25 in order to foster the message of national integration, communal harmony, unity, secularism, tolerance etc.
It may be mentioned here that Quami Ekta Week, i.e., the communal harmony week is observed nationwide every year to commemorate the birthday of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on November 19.
The NSS volunteers of Pandu College organised a quiz competition, a debate competition, an extempore speech competition and an art competition to mark the week, besides taking pledge for peace, national integration and communal harmony.
Inaugurating the week-long programme, Dr Bhubaneswar Bora, principal of Pandu College called upon the students and teaching community to come forward to spread the message of national integration and communal harmony. He also paid rich tribute to Indira Gandhi, the only lady Prime Minister of the nation till date.
Quiz master Dr Abhigyan Prasad conducted a special quiz competition titled �Pride of India� on the inaugural day where the team of Ranjan Saha and Raju Sharma became the champion, while the team of Pulak Rajbangshi and Chandan Kalita became the 1st runner-up and the team of Mridul Bora and Shah Nawaj Jalil become the 2nd runners-up respectively.
A debate competition titled, �In the opinion of the house - Eradication of poverty and illiteracy will help in maintaining social harmony in India� was held under the speakership of Prof Navajyoti Barah, where Vivek Saha was adjudged as the best debator, while Papori Sarma and Bandana Mishra won the second and third position respectively. In extempore speech competition, Papori Sarma became first while Hemanta Bez became second. In art competition, Daisy Roy, Tumpa Singha, Soma Das, Saju Kumar Prasad, Aluma Marak and Shanti Kumari won prizes in two groups.
Shantanu Roy Chowdhury, programme officer of NNS, Pandu College motivated the students with a lecture on, �Concept of national unity & communal harmony�. He also invited a speech on Quami Ekta Week by the Radio Luit, the community radio of Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) of Gauhati University on November 25.
Dr Sanchay Jyoti Bora, Prof Dip Jyoti Barman, Prof Sanjib Barman, Prof Parag Deka, Dr Navaneeta Baruah also graced the week-long programme.