Mangalore, Mar 9: In view of creating awareness among youth regarding issues of women 's safety and to mark the International Women 's Day, the MBA Department of National Institute of Techology – Karnataka and Centre for Integrated Learning in association with youth portal www.youthania.com hosted Gunashree Nirbhaya – The Run ', in the city on Sunday.
The run was a total of six kilometres starting from and ending at Mangala Stadium. The route that they took was Lalbagh – KSRTC – Bejai – Kadri Kambla road – Mangala Nursing Home – Kudumal Ranga Rao Road – Karangalpady – PVS Circle – MG Road – Ballalbagh – Lalbagh. The run was flagged off by International Athlete Vandana Shanbhogue Pai in presence of NITK Director Prof. Swapan Bhattacharya, Director of Malani Talkies Sandeep Malani and others.
Over 700 participants ran the mini-marathon to portray a message to the general public and realise the value of womanhood into everybody. Students from NITK Engineering and MBA classes, Srinivas School of Engineering, Sahyadri College of Engineering and Forsee, a coaching class among other schools and colleges participated in the run.
As the participants completed the run, there was more excitement in the waiting. The Fun Fit Factory had organised a session on Cooling Down Zumba Dance which swayed the hundreds of young crowd. Some magic tricks by famous illusionist Kudroli Ganesh also stole the show. To mark the occasion, Social activist Geetha R Shetty of Sevashrama was felicitated for her contribution towards women empowerment.
The prizes were distributed Actor Arjun Kapikad and former Airport Director and presently Director of Srinivas Group of Institutions M R Vasudeva in presence of Executive Director of Centre for Integrated Learning Sachitha Nandagopal, Dean of Student Welfare at NITK Udaykumar among others.
Nirbhaya Run marks Women 's Day in Mangalore