Guwahati: With the theme ‘Child Protection’, IIT Guwahati will be hosting its Annual Guwahati Half Marathon on April 24 in a bid to raise awareness of child abuse.

IIT Guwahati’s annual techno-management fest, Techniche, was officially launched in the state capital on Thursday. This year, the youth festival is being organized in partnership with UNICEF, Assam. The theme for the youth festival will be child protection, and the first initiative, the Guwahati Half Marathon, will be held on April 24.

“The impact of COVID-19 has been severe on many vulnerable communities, especially children. And one of the impacts has been the violation of children’s rights due to violence, neglect, abuse, and exploitation, among others. Starting with the marathon, we will be launching a campaign called #Youth4Suraksha, with the objective of young people demanding accountability for the protection of children in Assam and India,” said Sai Sumanth Madicherla, Vice President, Student Gymkhana, IIT Guwahati.

“The Guwahati Half Marathon on April 24 is an attempt by Techniche to get people together to fight for a cause after the total shutdown of social life due to the pandemic. The event follows the success of India’s most unique virtual techno-management festival for the past two years. If the pandemic situation remains under control, the techno-management fest will take place later this year,” says Priyanshu Choudhary, Convener, Techniche 2022.

The Half Marathon will start at 5.30 am from ABITA Indoor Stadium, near Nehru Stadium in Guwahati, on April 24.

The marathon consists of two races- a 6-km spirit run and a 21-km glory run. The prize pool for the marathon is Rs 1.5 Lakh. Certificates will be provided to all the people who will complete the marathon.

The Guwahati Half Marathon 2022 will be the first in a series of initiatives to prevent violence and abuse faced by children, urging people to run for the cause to support the youth for taking social actions against it.

The student team said Techniche is a student body organization working to uplift the technology aspects in Northeast India and encourages students through its exciting events and interesting competitions.

“Being one of the largest technical festivals in India, it gives Northeast an eminence on a global standard. And, it provides a platform for many students to prove themselves on a national level,” one of the members of the student team said.

“A confluence of some of the most logical and technically-proficient brains from around the world, an event organized by some of the most passionate about technology- IITians, Techniche is all about showing your calibre, appreciating and respecting the metal in your opponent,” Priyanshu Choudhary said.  

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