UNWIND 2022: Over 30,000 Attend Mega Fest At Bhubaneswar’s SAI International
Bhubaneswar: The 13th edition of UNWIND, one of SAI International’s flagship events, was organized on December 11 under the theme of ‘Fantasy: Embrace the Unknown’.
One of the country’s largest school-based, student-driven mega-cultural festivals, UNWIND 2022 saw more than 30,000 people visit.
The day-long event was managed by Class XI students from the Commerce and Humanities stream, with support from mentors.
UNWIND, a brainchild of Founder-Chairman Dr Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, is held every year with the motto to learn, lead and serve, and provides a mega forum to inculcate entrepreneurship, leadership and 21st century learning skills in students beyond to sharpen the learning horizon of books. , and enjoy experiential learning, which provides students with hands-on experience.
ONWIND 2022 chief guest Dr Omkar Rai, Executive Chairman of Startup Odisha, declared the event open.
“I am happy to be here at UNWIND 2022 as this platform instills an entrepreneurial outlook in children and inculcates leadership skills in them, from a very young age, as suggested by my friend, mentor and guide Late Dr Bijaya Kumar Sahoo. His words were embodied in the efforts of our budding entrepreneurs, who worked tirelessly to make this event a huge success,” said Dr Rai.
The presence of children and inmates of Pratibha Ashram, a child care home, added to the merriment of the occasion.
There was a stall dedicated to the 100 library project, a brainchild of Dr Sahoo.
“It gives me immense joy to see how my SAIoneers of Commerce and Humanities are hosting such a mega and immersive festival for UNWIND 2022. The vision of Founder Chairman Dr Bijaya Kumar Sahoo was to build critical thinkers, problem solvers with insightful and focused minds, the future entrepreneurial citizens of India. He dreamed of creating world leaders who are critical-thinking innovators with thriving careers and ready to reshape the world for the better. I am delighted to see my SAIoneers walking on the path laid by our founder chairman,” said Dr Silpi Sahoo, Chairman of SAI International Education Group.
The day was marked by engaging activities including scrumptious treats, games, adventure sports, e-games, virtual reality escapades, competitions and a variety of high voltage cultural performances by students.
More than 100 food stalls with a wide variety of delicious national and international cuisine and more than 60 game stalls with fun-filled activities.
Women Self Help Groups (WSHGs) under the auspices of ‘Mission Shakti’, Odisha Government have set up a stall to showcase financial independence and women empowerment.
Holistic Parenting Awards were given to the achievers of 2021-2022 for their outstanding performance, relentless efforts, perseverance and dedication in CBSE Class XII Board Examinations.
The highlight of the festival was the evening concert and spectacular fireworks display.
Renowned musician and Bollywood singer Rituraj Mohanty was a big hit of the event.