SMVDU Katra, 26 January 2020. With the flag hoisting ceremony followed up by singing the national anthem, 71st Republic Day was celebrated at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra. Padam Shri Prof. RK Sinha, Vice-Chancellor, unfurled the national flag and addressed a large gathering comprising students, faculty members, staff and security personnel. The children of the faculty members as well as of the nearby villages also witnessed the celebrations. Prof. Sinha congratulated the faculty members for assiduously working towards the growth and development of the university. And he emphasized that the university has achieved a niche among the top-class universities in a nascent period of 15 years. Also, he encouraged them for conducting productive research, and urged them to inculcate values among students. The program ended with a distribution of sweets, and a treat of tea and snacks for all.