Home secretary JB Tubid (right) explains a point to officials as vice chancellor AA Khan (third from right) looks on in Ranchi on Wednesday.
Picture by Hardeep Singh
Ranchi, Dec. 8: For Ranchi University (RU) officials, these are nervous moments, laced with excitement and a heightened sense of expectation, as the varsity waits for its date with the first citizen of the country.
For one, the officials want to ensure a glitch-free event. But so far so good, as arrangements seem to be in accordance to defined protocols and on time.
“I am happy with the way things are going. All officials are on their toes for the big day and we will ensure that this becomes a memorable event,” said varsity vice chancellor A.A. Khan.
A meeting attended by Khan, pro-vice chancellor V.P. Sharan and other department heads to take stock of the progress as well as magnitude of work left was also held today.
“All varsity officials have been asked to register their presence at least 90 minutes before the start of the official ceremony for security reasons,” said Sharan.
The officials supposed to take part in the parade also looked more composed and moved more confidently on the second day of rehearsals. Sharan added that gowns had been distributed among students and officials who would be present on the occasion.
“The synchronisation was a lot better today and it will improve as we rehearse one more time ,” Sharan said.
A massive pandal, designed to accommodate around 4,000 guests at the new Institute of Basic Science is also nearing completion.
“The pandal will be ready by tomorrow,” said a ground staff.
This apart a 20-feet road, that will lead the President on to the stage from the entrance, has also been revamped.
A secure perimeter at a distance of 45 feet from all three sides of the stage, to host pressmen and varsity guests, has also been marked by security officials. According to seating plans onstage, the President will be seated in the centre, with Governor M.O.H. Farook flanking her on the right and chief minister Arjun Munda on her left.