JGU welcomes Indian Army’s ‘Victory Flame’
On 15 July 2019, JGU welcomed the ‘Victory Flame’ bound for the Kargil War Memorial to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas. The torch relay baton team of the Indian Army along with a team of JGU runners brought it to the varsity. JGU had been chosen as the first point of halt for the Victory Flame.
The Chief Guest for the event, Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) said, “We are extremely happy and privileged to host the Victory Flame of the Indian Army at the O.P. Jindal Global University. In fact, our university has been long associated with the Indian Army through initiative programs like “Partnering for Nation Building” which collaborated with the Indian Army for special benefits. We have also conducted various training programs for officers in the Indian Army in the past which included unique programs on Mandarin language and leadership strategies. I firmly believe our National flag is more than just a piece of cloth, it is a universally recognised symbol that stands for Strength, Liberty and Development. It is the history of our nation, and it is marked by the sacrifices of those defending it. Salute to our Tiranga.”
Lt. Gen Dr. Rajesh Kochhar (Retd.), Senior Director, Jindal Institute of Leadership Development and Executive Education (JILDEE) said “Operation VIJAY was launched by the Indian Army in May 1999 to evict the Pakistan army regulars who had intruded into our side of the Line of Control in the Kargil Sector. The fighting ceased on 26 July 1999, after the intruders had been cleared off from own side of the Line of Control.
The day since then is celebrated every year as ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ to commemorate the saga of valour and sacrifices of the martyrs during this operation. We, at JGU, are very proud to host this event today to mark the 20th anniversary of the successful culmination of ‘Operation Vijay’ wherein brave soldiers of the Indian Army overcame seemingly insurmountable odds, hostile terrain, weather, and a determined enemy occupying dominating heights to win the Kargil war. As a University we firmly believe in ‘Institution Building for Nation Building’.”
Major Vikram Balraj Singh in his keynote address paid his solemn tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives in the Kargil war of 1999. “After 60 days of incessant war, our brave soldiers had regained control of Kargil,” he said. “The gallantry and sacrifice of the martyrs must inspire each of us and motivate us to safeguard India’s Independence which was achieved after much struggle” he added.
Professor (Dr.) Y.S.R. Murthy, Registrar, JGU said, “Today, as India celebrates the victorious 20th anniversary of the Kargil War, it is a defining moment for JGU to welcome and pay homage to the gallantry of those soldiers.” He further added, “Pride, Honour and Inspiration are the three pillars on which we mark today’s commemoration, together as a nation. The academic fraternity of JGU extends a warm welcome to the victory flame.”