Students should imbibe the qualities of leadership, nobility, integrity and honesty, Principal of KLM College of Engineering S. Khaja Peer Saheb said in his Republic Day message after unfurling the national flag on the college campus on Thursday.

Dr. Khaja Peer, college correspondent K. Sivananda Reddy and Director K.S.N. Reddy recalled the sacrifices rendered by nationalist leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhai Patel and Moulana Abul Kalam Azad for securing freedom for the country. They lamented brain drain due to lack of supportive environment. Other faculty members, non-teaching staff and students participated.

In the Republic Day celebrations at Pushpagiri Public School here, principal of Annamaiah Junior College Yerram Reddy hoisted the flag.

Bhargav, Guna and Sumaya, students of New Age School secured the three prizes in that order in essay writing competitions conducted by Vodafone. New Age School principal Zaherra gave away the prizes. Pushpagiri Public School principal P. Harikrishna, teachers, students and their parents participated.