Bhubaneswar: Odisha Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal on Monday praised the role and contribution of Sainik School and its cadets in nation building and providing quality education.
The address of the Governor came during the prize-giving ceremony of Biju Marathon, which was organised by the Sainik School in association with the Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC).
The marathon was flagged off by the former coach of the Indian Hockey team, Col Balbir Singh Kular, VSM, Captain (IN) Kanchan Mukherjee; president of the Sainik School Old Boys’ Association (OBA) Pritish Basa; vice-president, OBA, Madhusudan Padhi; secretary, OBA Amitabh Pani and Ollywood actress Priyanka Priyadarshini Pani.
The marathon, run by over a thousand of people from Bhubaneswar including the students of ODM Public School, BJEM School and other public schools, athletes of the Sports Hostel and the jawans of the 7th Battalion, began from Gandhi Stadium of the Sainik School and culminated at the school after covering Press Chhak, 7th Battalion, Kalinga Hospital Chhak, Janata Maidan, Jayadev Vihar, Acharya Vihar and Apollo Hospital.
In the boys’ category, cadet Ravi Kumar of Sainik School, Bhubaneswar, stood first while Cadet Jeevan Dehury and Cadet Sashi Kumar bagged second and third position respectively.
In the youth category, Dillip Nayak of Sports Hostel Bhubaneswar, Sipahi Pavan Kumar and Sipahi Nikhil Yadav of the 120 Battalion came first, second and third respectively.
In the girls’ category, Nitu Lipsa Swain of Young Phonix Public School, Bhubaneswar, stood first while Diptimayee Mallick and Lijaranee Mohanty bagged second and third positions respectively.
In the ‘Old boys of Sainik School’ (OBA) category, Amiya Mohanta, Rudra Narayana Sahoo and Col SK Mishra stood first, second and third in the order.
The winners were awarded a cash prize of Rs 3,000 while the second and third winners received Rs 2000 and Rs 1000 respectively by the Governor, who graced the ceremony as the chief guest. He also gave away the certificate to all the winners.
The cadets of the Sainik School extended a spectacular guard of honour to the Governor.
On the occasion, an Art and Science exhibition was also organized by the Sainik School cadets.
The programme was organized by Ashok Nanda, Er. Dilip Sahu, Hardaman Singh, Subhendu Pattanaik, Parthasarathi Nayak and fellow members of the OBA, Bhubaneswar.