Zambian students mark 54th Independence Day at CT Group

Zambians share a common heritage and a common destiny: His Excellency Sikapale Henry
Jalandhar October 24 (Jaswinder Azad)- It was a gala time watching all Zambian students celebrating their day of freedom with musical performances in the Sardarni Manjit Kaur Auditorium of CT Group of Institutions, Shahpur campus. More than 300 Zambian students from various educational institutes namely CT University, Lovely Professional University, Ryat Bahra and CT Group of Institutions, Jalandhar, marked 54th Independence Day. The Chief Guest of the event remained His Excellency Sikapale Henry Chinzewe, Deputy Commission of Republic of Zambia.
The program started with raising of the flag ceremony along with singing of their National Anthem and prayers. The welcome speech was delivered by Francis Malama, President, Zambian Students Association in Punjab (ZSAP) who is also a student of CT Group.
Expressing his contentment over the occasion, His Excellency Sikapale Henry Chinzewe, Deputy Commission of Republic of Zambia said, “The struggle for independence was founded and won on account of unity of purpose. Our country is a blend of 73 tribes with different religions and political persuasions. Despite our diversity, we are all Zambians. We share a common heritage and a common destiny. We need to stand against anything and everything that attempts to divide us. We are one people. And, I am thankful to CT Group for marking this occasion on our special day. I really loved visiting India especially Punjab.”
Nchimunya Chidakwa, a student of Journalism shared, “Well, today we all here are very happy that our institute has allowed us to commemorate this occasion. Living here too, we never felt apart from our homeland and are enjoying every bit of our stay.”
The occasion also saw many peaceful musical performances by the students of Lovely Professional University along with a fashion show and skits.
Sharing his good wishes, Manbir Singh, Managing Director, CT Group of Institutions said, “I extend my warm greetings and felicitations to the people of Zambia on the occasion of their Independence Day. We’re glad that the students from Zambia studying here in our campus have celebrated this lucky day. India and Zambia are not leaving any stone unturned to ensure mutual benefits related to trade and economy. Hence, we are delighted to have these students on our campus and we wish them for their overall development.”
The students from Zambia carried out the March Past by singing songs of their country and ended by singing their nation’s National Anthem titled Stand and Sing of Zambia, Proud and Free. On the occasion, others present were Saurabh Chaudhary, Director International Affairs, Campus Director Dr. GS Kalra and other staff members and students of Zambia.

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