Guwahati — A group of University students organized a peace rally in Assam to mark opening of week-long culture and sports fiesta, 10-15 March. Scores of Assam Don Bosco University students joined some 200 students belonging to the eight states of northeast India (including Sikkim) dressed in their colourful ethnic dresses for “United Northeast – A Peace Rally.” Proud son of Assam from Nalbari, Mr Mahadev Deka, Mr Universe 2009, flagged off the march along with Vice-Chancellor of ADBU, and Principal of the Don Bosco College of Engineering & Technology.
After a 40 minute peace rally along National Highway 37, the marchers gathered before noon to inaugurate the fiesta christened “D’VERVE” by welcoming the Olympic flame, hoisting the flag and taking the pledge.
Mr Deka lit the Olympic torch and addressed the students encouraging them to take active part in the opportunities provided to excel in all spheres.
“I am mighty pleased to see such a colorful event organized for a noble cause, peace and harmony in the northeast,” said Mr Deka speaking in Assamese.
After hoisting the D’VERVE flag, the Vice Chancellor Dr Stephen Mavely spoke on the theme “Go, Glow and Grow” which has been celebrated each year since the start of the university six years ago.
The acting Controller of Exams and in-charge of Campus Ministry Dr Francis Fernandez administered the pledge to Class Representatives on behalf of all the students.
Declaring D’Verve 2014 open, the principal of DBCET Prof Manoranjan Kalita exhorted students to take active part in all the events spread out all through the week.
“This year we have more than 100 events spread out in six days, and I wish each student takes part in at least one event,” said Prof Kalita exhorting reluctant students to grab the opportunity to show case their talents.
Student Coordinator Mr Atique Hussain explained the events hosted by Sports, Dance, Music & Singing, Drama, Art & Craft, and Literary clubs.
“The student participation this year is far higher than other years and we had to hold auditions for the song, dance and musical events,” Mr Hussain said.
The inaugural function ended with a body building show and interaction as regards health and nutrition with Mr Deka.
Showing his six pack biceps Mr Deka a body builder and civil engineer by profession told the students who were awestruck, “this is not built in the gym, but in the kitchen,” he said explaining the need of strict dietary regimen in “body engineering.”
Mr Deka follows a daily diet of 20 egg whites, a chicken, fruit juice, little brown rice, lot of green vegetables and allotted supplements.
The week-long event is scheduled to end on Saturday evening, 15 March.