Mangaluru: School of Social work, Roshni Nilaya held its first graduation day on Dec 21, 2022, on the college premises. Prof. (Dr) Sathish Kumar Bhandary, Vice Chancellor, NITTE University was the chief guest. In the inaugural address, he stated that he is privileged to be here for the first graduation ceremony of the School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya to share this moment of joy and happiness.
Prof. (Dr) Sathish Kumar Bhandary, further stated that he has great admiration for this unique institution of School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya established in the year 1960 with a Diploma programme in Social Work at a time when Social Work was an unheard discipline in Karnataka. This is an outcome of the vision of its foundress, Dr Olinda Pereira, to empower society and women in particular with quality education and with the mission to impart general and professional education fostering a love of learning, integrity and social responsibility for holistic development, he added.
To the graduating students, he said that they are indeed privileged to have got admitted to this prestigious institution and congratulated the young bright students who will graduate and enter a new phase of their life. He called upon the graduates to be grateful to four people namely the parents, teacher, alma mater and society. Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, he said that, “Parents are the first teachers and teachers are the second parents”. Often parents live their dreams through their children. It is not just the amount of finance that they have contributed to their education but it is the time that they have worked hard to acquire it, the time that they have spent in bringing them up, looking after their health and praying for them. He emphasized the need for being grateful to the parents and teachers.
Specifically addressing the graduates, he said that even though there is an element of luck in everybody’s life, what matters is hard work. In the words of Colleen Powell, he said that there are no secrets to success, it is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failures. He suggested the graduates be open to life. As you progress in life, there will be lots of areas of disappointments, failures and stress. It is then important to have a source of strength and comfort. This source can be anything they choose; most importantly it should help them find a work-life balance. Work and stress are two separate entities. Hard work never kills anyone; in fact, worry and worrying about lack of success make people stressed.
Speaking about social responsibility he said that society has given us everything and it is important that we do our part in returning our share. Our knowledge, skills and expertise will not have any meaning if they are not beneficial to the person who needs them. In a country like ours where a large section is below the poverty line and without any government support, we have that golden opportunity to make a material change in the life of many persons who need it and this is what will make them happy at the end of the day.
Prof. (Dr) Sathish Kumar Bhandary concluded his address by quoting the words of Winston Churchill who said, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give”. Be sure that you never let go of an opportunity to help a needy soul in your professional life and emphasized the need for being a good alumnus of this Institution and giving back to the alma mater.
While addressing the graduates Dr Sophia N Fernandes, Principal of the college stated that Dec 21, 2022, stands as another milestone for the college as we witness the first official graduation ceremony on our campus. She congratulated the young graduates and wished they make a difference in society by carving a niche in their chosen fields of profession and service. She stressed the need for staying connected to the alma mater for greater synergy.
Ms Vida Sequeira, President of the Institute of Social Service began her presidential address with a note of congratulation to the young graduates stating, “Good things come to those who wait; Better things come to those who do not give up; And the Best things come to those who believe in themselves”. She said, “This day has arrived because you waited, you did not give up and you trusted your potential, your giftedness, and your resilience in the face of adverse situations that crossed your path during the course of your studies. She concluded her presidential address with a small piece of advice:
“Life is like a camera. Just focus on what is important. Capture the good times. Develop from the negatives. And if things don’t turn out, take another shot. Life’s situations come our way for a purpose. They teach us good lessons that help us all through life. Let us capture these moments and these experiences, even though they are hard knocks so that God blesses our life’s journey. We cannot change situations, but these situations change us for the better.
When a storm is coming – all birds seek shelter. Only the eagle soars high above it. In the storms of life – may your life, your heart, your mind soar like an eagle”.
She wished them the best in the Wonderful, Wide, World (www) and called on them to be of service to one and all as the motto of the Institute states: Love is made fruitful in service.
Dr Juliet C J, the former principal, welcomed the gathering. Prof. Vineetha Rai, Controller of Examinations proposed the vote of thanks. The college choir led by Jason Lobo invoked the Lord’s blessings. Dr Meena Juliet Monteiro and Prof. Cecilia Farida Goveas compered the programme