The third International Yoga Day was observed with much enthusiasm at GITAM University, Visakhapatnam on the 21st of June, 2017, joining the nation to get the fullest benefit of this invaluable gift of Indian tradition. GITAM School of Gandhian Studies in association with GITAM NCC and NSS wings and students from government schools and colleges organised the celebrations at the Kodi Ramamurthy Indoor Stadium on GITAM campus, Rushikonda. The event began with Prof.K.Siva Rama Krishna, Pro-Vice Chancellor, addressing the audience and explaining the great relevance of Yoga in the contemporary world and the significance of this year’s theme – Yoga for Peace and Harmony. He observed that Yoga brings harmony in all walks of life and thus leads to disease prevention, health promotion and management of many lifestyle-related disorders. This was followed by Yogasana demonstrations and practice of basic Yoga asanas and meditation by students, faculty, staff and members of the general public under the guidance of Dr. N. Jhansi Rani, Co-ordinator, Yoga Programme, GITAM School of Gandhian Studies. Dr. B. Nalini, Director Incharge, GITAM School of Gandhian Studies and other heads of institutions were prominently present on the occasion and participated in the event.
In order to enhance awareness among students, a Yoga exhibition was organized from 17th – 21st June, 2017 in the School of Gandhian Studies, with a display of books related to theory, research and practice of Yoga, charts of Yoga postures, accessories related to Yoga practice etc. A 2-Days Pranayama camp for GITAM University faculty members was organised on 19th and 20th June, 2017. Prana is the vital life force and pranayama is a technique through which the quantity of prana in the body is activated to a higher frequency. Prana and mind are intricately linked. Historical background of pranayama, nature of pranayama, dos and don’ts of pranayama, physiological and psychological benefits of pranayama were explained in this camp.
Yogasana competition for Students, faculty and staff of GITAM University and public was conducted on 19th June, 2017 and winners were awarded prizes. Also an online essay competition was conducted for students, faculty and staff of GITAM University on the topic “Yoga as a Strategy for Realizing the Fullest Potential”. In addition to this, in order to develop interest in yoga among young children, Yoga classes were conducted for students in different schools of Visakhapatnam.
On the 10th of April 2017, GITAM School of Gandhian Studies observed the Centenary of Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha at Champaran – his first major foray into public life in India. Exactly one hundred years ago, a bright barrister at law landed at a remote village plagued by poverty. He had returned to his homeland after years abroad, full of ideas ahead of his time and a heart moved to the core by the sufferings of millions of Indians. The first satyagraha for the indigo farmers of Champaran was one small step for M.K.Gandhi but one giant leap for a nation enslaved for centuries. It was the beginning of an incredible journey which transformed Mohandas into the Mahatma and culminated in the creation of a free and glorious India.
Dr. A. Chakrapani, Chairman, A.P. Legislative Council was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The occasion was also graced by Dr. Savita Singh, Former Director, Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Samiti, Sri. C.S. Rao, President, Praja Spandana, Dr. M.V.V.S. Murthi, President, GITAM, Prof. K. Ramakrishna Rao, Chancellor, GITAM University and Prof. M.S. Prasada Rao, Vice Chancellor, GITAM University, among other dignitaries.
As part of the Champaran Satyagraha Centenary Celebrations, the students of GITAM School of Gandhian Studies, under the guidance of Dr.B.Nalini, the Director-in-Charge, conducted a field survey on the present day conditions of farmers in the Rythu Bazaars of Visakhapatnam City. A thought-provoking documentary film titled “Farmers Then and Now” was made, based on this survey, juxtaposing the conditions of farmers in Champaran in 1917 with the challenges faced by farmers in India today.
The team involved in creating the documentary is as follows: