Sanctity restored: Administration of the Integrity Pledge

Sanctity restored: Administration of the Integrity Pledge

Rudransh Sharma | Oct 01, 2018

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"With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.”

-Zig Ziglar

The evening of 19th September saw impromptu preparations being made to accommodate the entire populace of NITR, including the executive body of both NITR and Mahanadi Coal Fields Limited. In order to stand together and administer the "integrity pledge".

The Central Vigilance Commission is an apex Indian governmental body created in 1964 to address governmental corruption. Every year CVC takes the initiative to conduct a week-long campaign usually in the month of October which is celebrated as the "Vigilance Awareness Week" nationwide. The pledge taking ceremony was in accordance with this vigilance awareness week. To increase both appease and appeal of such an initiative, following the convention again this year they included the students to administer the pledge as well.

Since a week can never be enough to instill something as sacred and important as integrity the CVC is conducting various other activities to imbibe the same in people.

These were the words of the compère Rudransh Sharma on the need and the timing of this pledge taking ceremony.

The evening saw the footfall of more than 500 students of NSS, NCC, PE, alike due to the mandate which was issued by the coordinators of the same. It also witnesses the presence of most of the executive body of NITR including various Head of the departments, the Director, various Deans and professors of various departments, and the Vigilance Division of Mahanadi Coal Fields Limited with whose association this ceremony was conceptualized.

And hence the series of events began, the Director of NITR being the first speaker for the evening, opened up as enthusiastically as ever.

I know that calling you guys here after a long and hectic day is unfair on you guys, but to instill something like integrity can only be done from the very grassroot level.

He then went on to ask the students about their academic pressure and how they were dealing with the extended workloads. He also elaborated upon the need for honesty and integrity in one's life and how one can make sure he abides by his morals and values, two of the pillars which constitute a human being.

Following up on what our director said, the chief guest of the event, Mr. Munavar Khursheed who is a Dy. Inspector General and has various accolades from being awarded the UN medal of excellence, to being given the Indian Police Medal for meritorious service by the President of India in person. He began in the most humble way anyone can, he went on to extrapolate what our director said on the need of having integrity in one's life and how and why should a person function. When should the person let the morals and ethics which he abides by, come into account for the decision he is about to make, was also something he graced upon. To make morally and ethically correct decisions he had this to say

Before doing anything, see to it that they are well within the laws of the soil you have your foot on. Upon verification if the answer is yes, proceed to crosscheck it with the laws and governance of the institution you are working for, if the answer is yes, proceed to refer it with your morals and the things you stand firmly by, if among all these answers, you can only find Yes then that's the thing my dear friends, you should set your foot out for, and to do it

 

Thereafter the entire Dilip Tirkey Stadium resonated with the chant of the following pledge which was administered by Mr. Khursheed himself.

“I believe that corruption has been one of the major obstacles to the economic, political and social progress of our country. I believe that all the stakeholders such as the government, citizens and the private sector need to work together to eradicate corruption. I realize that every citizen should be vigilant and commit to the highest standards of honesty and integrity at all times and support the fight against corruption.

I, therefore,

To follow probity and rule of law in all walks of life,

To neither take nor offer the bribe.

To perform all tasks in an honest and transparent manner.

To act in public interest,

To lead by example exhibiting integrity in personal behavior,

To report any incident of corruption to the appropriate agency.”

The events that followed were the certificate (which is the testament to the fact that one is oathbound) and shield distribution to the Director of NITR and only certificates to all the other dignitaries in the form of the various Deans, Registrar and head of the departments who were present there, by the Chief Vigilance officer, of MCL Mr. Khursheed.

The evening concluded with distribution of refreshments, to everyone present there. Then everyone made their way to their respective homes and hostels.

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