The 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was celebrated in the city on Wednesday.
The Department of Posts released a special cover and organised an exhibition. Officials took part in a morning walk from Gandhi Asthi Mandapam near Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital to the Head Post Office.
A mini philatelic exhibition, christened Bapupex 2019, displaying Gandhi’s letters, posts and commemorative stamps and covers were displayed at the Philatelic bureau. A special cover to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma was released by A. Thomas Lourduraj, Director, Central Region, It was received by N. Siva Chandra Arun, Treasure Collections, who sponsored the covers.
Students and staff of Shrimati Indira Gandhi College took part in an event at the Gandhi tree, under which Mahatma Gandhi is said to have delivered a talk and interacted with students of National College and citizens when he visited Tiruchi in 1934. Secretary S.Kunjithapatham, Principal S.Vidhyalakshmi paid floral tributes while students delivered speeches on Gandhi’s policies and beliefs focussing on non-violence.
Nearly 20,000 staff and students of campus schools of BHEL, Tiruchi, took part in a mass cleaning drive and awareness programme led by R Padmanabhan, Executive Director, BHEL, Tiruchi.
The Institution of Engineers, Tiruchi Chapter, in association with IEEE Student Branch of National Institute of Technology, Tiruchi, celebrated the day by holding a talk on “Mahatma Gandhiji’s contribution towards nation building and his views on education policy and practice” by S. Arul Daniel, Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, NITT. He discussed how Gandhi’s teachings were instrumental in bringing about the current curriculum being followed by all NITs in the country.
Members of farmers’ wing of Tamil Maanila Congress, led by its president, Puliyur A. Nagarajan, paid homage at the Gandhi Asthi Mandapam near the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital.
Ajay Kumar, Divisional Railway Manager, Tiruchi, paid tributes to a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi. He inaugurated an exhibition depicting the life history of Mahatma at the junction. All 85 stations in the Tiruchi division conducted various cleanliness and awareness programmes.