The 68th Republic Day of our Nation was celebrated in SJEC at 8:30 am in front of the Administrative Block. Dr Jyothi K, Head of the Chemistry Department at SJEC graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Rev. Fr Joseph Lobo, Director – SJEC, Rev. Fr Rohith D’Costa, Assistant Director – SJEC, Dr Joseph Gonsalvis, Principal – SJEC, Dr Rio D’Souza, Vice Principal – SJEC, and Rev. Fr Joseph Cardoza, Campus Counsellor – SJEC were the other dignitaries present on the occasion.
The celebrations began with a beautiful rendition of the song Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera by members of the College Choir. The National Flag was then hoisted by the Chef Guest, Dr Jyothi. The Security Personnel of SJEC led the gathering in saluting the National Flag and rendering of the National Anthem.
Addressing the gathering, Dr Jyothi wished everyone a happy Republic Day. Dr Jyothi paid her respects to the Indian Military forces and wished them the Republic Day Greetings. She then paid homage to the contributions of Dr B.R. Ambedkar and the Constituent Assembly for the drafting of Indian Constitution. She opined that following the Nation’s fight against the tyranny and violence of British colonial rule, that lead to the Independence of India; the fight still continues against the mindless evils of terrorism that plagues the Country. Dr Jyothi mentioned terrorism as one of the main hurdles to India joining other mainstream Nations in the path of development and progress. She highlighted poverty and unemployment as the other main challenges that India faces in its growth.
Dr Jyothi also expressed that in spite of all prevailing challenges, India is still defined by its unity amidst diversity, and the feeling of oneness among its citizens is its biggest symbol of pride. She believes that, this unity in diversity will lead India towards progressive and inclusive growth. Dr Jyothi went on to highlight the various initiatives taken by the Government of the day to enable India’s growth. From UIDAI-Aadhar facilitating direct transfer of benefits and plugging leakages, Jan Dhan Yoajana creating financial inclusion and enabling enhanced banking facility, Model Village Programme, Digital India, and Crop Insurance schemes are all steps towards fostering economic growth and welfare of the Country. Dr Jyothi also highlighted Make in India, Start-Up India and skill India programmes, which she believes will generate employment and entrepreneurship skills. The nationwide Swach Bharath Mission that aims for a cleaner India was also spoken about. She also spoke about the recent remonetisation exercise aimed at immobilizing black money and curbing its influence on terrorism and other nefarious activities.
Dr Jyothi also spoke about the need for tolerance of contradictory and rebellious views since that too is a virtue of democracy. With significant development in infrastructure and manufacturing, democracy has helped India position itself in the forefront of world economic order. She also asked the gathering to ponder over the elusiveness of peace amongst people which is the primary objective of rational consciousness. Dr Jyothi also highlighted the urgent need to address climate change, degenerating urban conditions, water scarcity and energy issues. The synergistic contribution from all stakeholders is essential to develop permanent solutions to these problems, she opined.
Citing that love for one’s motherland as the basis for all progress and highlighting the importance of education in human progress and prosperity, Dr Jyothi concluded her talk.
Rev. Fr Joseph Lobo thanked the assembled Campus Security Personnel led by Mr Rajendran for their tireless services in keeping the campus safe. He also thanked the Physical Education Director Ms Vaneesh Rodrigues for all the arrangements. The function ended with distribution of sweets.
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