Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology (SMIT) celebrates 25th Annual Day
Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology (SMIT) a constituent college under Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) observed its Founder’s Day and 25th Annual Day at SMIT campus in Majhitar, East Sikkim on 30th April.
30th April 2022 marks 124th birth anniversary of Dr. Tonse Madhava Ananth (TMA) Pai, the founding father of the Manipal Group. To commemorate the birth anniversary of the visionary educationist, banker and philanthropist, Dr. TMA Pai, a week-long academic and cultural events were organised in all constituent colleges and units of SMU throughout the week. These festivities were also part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations.
Shri Ganga Prasad, Honourable Governor of Sikkim and Chancellor, SMU graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Earlier, the Hon’ble Governor inaugurated a blood donation & health camp organised by CRH at SMIT campus. 82 volunteers donated blood in the camp. He also inaugurated the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan of SMIT in which 5 villages have been adopted by the institute under this initiative. The health camp was held for the villagers from these 5 villages along with locals from the surrounding areas.
In his address, the Hon’ble Governor applauded the progress made by SMU in the last 25 years and the significant milestones achieved by SMIT in its Silver Jubilee year. “As the Chancellor of SMU, it gives me a lot of pride that this institute is steadfast in its goal of becoming one of the best engineering institutes in the country. It is great that SMIT offers scholarships to students from within the state. We also have students from home and abroad. This gives a multicultural and multi-ethnic atmosphere to the campus. It provides them with a broad perspective and socio-cultural background and allows them to prepare themselves to face the world in front of them,” he said. “I would like to congratulate everyone associated with SMIT for working towards building this institution with the devotion and relentless dedication to bring the institute to this position,” he added.
The Hon’ble Governor also applauded SMIT for working towards social development along with youth development. “Our students are providing education to the children of the five villages adopted by the institute and are also contributing towards the creation of a healthy society by organizing regular health checkup camps,” he said. The Hon’ble Governor encouraged the students to work whole-heartedly towards nation building and towards the goals of Atma Nirbhar Bharat and also apprised the students on the on-going Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
In his welcome address, Dr (Veteran Lt. General) Rajan S Grewal, Vice Chancellor, SMU, spoke on the life and times of Late Dr. TMA Pai and his contributions towards nation building. “Dr. Pai, a physician, educator, financier, and philanthropist per excellence was a self-made personality known as a visionary for the transformation of the Indian education and healthcare sectors. He was not only aware of the problems on the ground, but his strong desire for public service also inspired him to solve those problems according to the circumstances of his times. He knew very well that there are three main problems in the society – illiteracy, disease and poverty. He developed a solid foundation for creating the necessary structure to solve those problems towards the service of humanity.” “Today, at SMU, we are dedicated to upholds the vision and dream of Dr. Pai,” he said. “The year 2020 was the year we collectively faced the brunt of the global pandemic. When the world was facing the biggest pandemic, with our tireless efforts we were able to bring the situation under control. Our aim was not only to help as well as provide education and guidance to our students but also to provide them holistic development and nurturing which includes their safety. Today, I am glad that SMU is scaling high in the university rankings despite the COVID-19 pandemic and is today one of the top ranked universities not only in Sikkim but in the entire North-East region,” he added.
Dr. G.L Sharma, Director, SMIT presented the Annual Report of SMIT. During the programme, the Report of Atal Incubation Centre Sikkim Manipal University Technology Business Incubation Foundation (AIC-SMUTBI) was also presented. The disbursement of Start-up India Seed Fund through AIC-SMUTBI, supported by DPIIT, Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Govt. of India was also held through the hands of Hon’ble Governor. An amount of ₹55,00,000/- was disbursed to 4 start-ups from Sikkim and North East region. Two of the Start-ups-AIS BILINGUAL and CAS COLLECTIVE are from Sikkim.
The Annual Report of SMU, SMU Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan Report and SMITSONIAN, the SMIT magazine was also released through the hands of Hon’ble Governor. A colourful cultural show and Prize Distribution was also a part of the Annual Day celebrations. Dr. K.S Sherpa, Registrar, SMU, Dr. Sanjiban Datta, officiating Dean, SMIMS, Dr Yogesh Verma, Medical Superintendent, CRH, were also present on the occasion.