In a resounding tribute to the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, AYJNISHD(D) Mumbai, in collaboration with persons with speech and hearing disabilities, staff, and students, marked National Unity Day with a remarkable inclusive program at Bandra West Mumbai, on October 31, 2023. The event was organized as part of the initiative of Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
The highlight of the event, the 'Run for Unity,' was initiated at 10:30 AM from the institute's National Flag Point by Advocate Shri Ashish Shelar. Over 400 enthusiastic participants, including staff, students, and individuals with disabilities, joined the spirited Unity Run, demonstrating their commitment to national unity. The day commenced with a Pad Pooja- ceremony, dedicated to Hon'ble Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at 10:00 AM. Advocate Shri Ashish Shelar and Dr. Raju Arakh, Director of AYJNISHD(D), led the ceremony, paying homage to the "Iron Man of India." The 'Run for Unity' took more than 400 participants with placards of unity directed messages, on a route from Gate-1 of the institute to KC Marg via Arun Vaidya Marg, before returning to the institute via Gate No. 1 by 12:15 PM. The event was flagged off by a local MLA Advocate Ashish Shelar in the presence of Shri Khot, Convenor of Maharashtra State, PRAHAR Association, reinforcing the importance of unity in our diverse nation.
Advocate Shri Ashish Shelar, during the flagging off ceremony, emphasized the need for national unity rooted in shared thoughts and emotions. He underlined that the development of our nation is intricately tied to our societal emotions. Dr. Raju Arakh, Director of AYJNISHD(D), highlighted that the 'Run for Unity' is a fundamental activity on National Unity Day. It aims to promote social and community service initiatives and foster the inclusion of individuals with speech and hearing disabilities. This National Unity Day event at AYJNISHD(D) Mumbai not only paid tribute to a great leader but also served as a powerful reminder of the significance of unity, inclusivity, and community service in building a strong and cohesive nation.