The 73rd Independence Day celebrations were held with gaiety and patriotic fervor at the institutional level. The staff and students from the various St Joseph's Indian Institutions within the campus gathered on the Football Grounds at 8.30 am. The celebration commenced with the hoisting of the tricolor with immense respect & reverence by the Chief Guest Col Devashish Singh, in the gracious presence of Rector Rev. Fr Leo Pereira SJ, and the Institutional Heads of various units of SJII. It was followed by a well-coordinated march past by the troops from all the institutions. Col. Devashish Singh addressed the gathering and inspired the students with his patriotic words; Rector Rev. Fr Leo Pereira SJ threw light on the importance of being secular and united for the development of our motherland. A cultural programme by the students from various units SJII, expressing the joy of freedom & awakening patriotism enthralled the gathering. The celebration concluded with distribution of sweets to one and all present.