Bengaluru: One of the leading education institutions in Aviation Capital came up with yet another tribute to a martyred solider on the occasion of India’s 67th Republic Day.

Continuing with its legacy of naming its educational building blocks after heroes who have sacrificed their lives for the nation, the New Horizon Engineering College opened the Lt Col E K Niranjan Students' Recreation Centre on Tuesday.

Lt Col Niranjan, a member of the NSG's Bomb Disposal Squad, was recently martyred at the Pathankot air base. 

Speaking on the occasion, E K Shivarajan, Lt Col Niranjan’s father, said that he always bowed his head to all those who are fighting for the country.

"It was my dream to watch the R-Day Parade last year. My son had personally taken our family to Rajpath, where US President Barack Obama was the chief guest. Ironically, this year as I am saluting a great martyr. Niranjan is not just my son but the true son of our country who sacrificed his life for the safety of our countrymen. I bow my head to all those fighting for our country," Shivaranaj said.

He inaugurated the Lt Col EK Niranjan Students' Recreation Centre at the college.

New Horizon Group Chairman Dr Mohan Manghnani, told Mathrubhumi that they wanted to celebrate the R-Day by saluting a real hero for his supreme sacrifice.

Niranjan

"We have done this in the past as well and we are doing it again. We thought this was the best way to remember a martyr. We are happy that Lt Col Niranjan's family is with us today. We are having safe nights because of the brave sacrifices of the soldiers, air warriors and sailors," Dr Mohan said.

The new facility has a state-of-the-art gymnasium, indoor sport facility and a TV room. 

"We are confident that every student who enters this building will remember the sacrifice made by Lt Col Niranjan. He will continue to live in our hearts," Dr Mohan, a leading educationist, said.

The college has a massive block named after another soldier _ Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan _ who was martyred during 26/11 operations in Mumbai. Every year, Major Sandeep is remembered through special prayers. His parents had visited the college when a wing after named after him. 

Dr Mohan said that his educational group is planning to come out with a national programme to salute the heroes of Indian armed forces.

"We are putting a template down and will announce the details soon. We want to be remembered as an educational institution that will inspire students through various innovative ways," Dr Mohan said.