Special Correspondent

A sports pavilion named after Captain Harshan will be dedicated to the school at the reunion function on Saturday.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: On Saturday, when the alumni of the Sainik School at Kazhakuttam assemble in the sprawling premises of the institution for the annual reunion, they will pay homage to one of their schoolmates who laid down his life for the country.

The reunion, titled Sangamam- 2008, will witness the unveiling of a bust of Captain R. Harshan, a student of the 1997 batch, who died fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir.

A sports pavilion named after Captain Harshan will be dedicated to the school at the reunion function. The construction of the pavilion was sponsored by the Old Boys Association.

A bust of Captain Harshan will also be unveiled at the South wing of the academic block. Lt. Gen. S.P. Sreekumar, Signal Officer-in-chief of the Indian Army and Senior Colonel Commandant of the Corps of Signals, will be chief guest at the function. He will also inaugurate the newly constructed multimedia laboratory at the academic block.

The pavilion at the parade ground will be inaugurated by Captain Harshan’s father, K. Radhakrishnan Nair.

A Special Forces officer attached to the elite ‘Red Devil’ unit of 2 Para Regiment, Captain Harshan was shot in the thigh and neck in an encounter with Harkatul Mujahideen terrorists in the Chhoti Margi area of Lolab in Jammu and Kashmir.

Despite heavy snow, Harshan led his men into action to cordon off the house in which the terrorists were hiding. The officer killed two of them before he was felled by retaliatory fire. His valour in the face of heavy odds inspired his men to eliminate the remaining terrorists.

Awarded Ashok Chakra

Captain Harshan was posthumously awarded the Ashok Chakra, the country’s highest peace time gallantry award. At the Republic Day Parade held at New Delhi last year, his father received the citation and medal from President Pratibha Patil.

Rolling trophy

The school has also instituted a Captain Harshan memorial rolling trophy to be awarded to the student who emerges the best basketball player.

Sangamama 2008 also includes friendly matches between the old boys and school cadets and staff in cricket, basketball, volleyball and football.