Mangaluru: The Annual Day programme at St Agnes PU College was celebrated with grandeur on 23 Nov. at the college grounds.
The chief guest Dr PL Dharma, Professor and Chairman, Department of Political Science, Mangalore University, Dr Sr Maria Roopa A.C., Joint Secretary, St Agnes Institutions and President of the day, PTA Vice President Prof Joslyn Lobo and PTA Joint Secretary Dr Divya Damodar, PTA executive committee members and all the dignitaries present on the occasion were accorded an effusive welcome with a ceremonial guard of honour.
The Principal Sr Norine DSouza welcomed the august gathering and introduced the chief guest. Prof PL Dharma addressed the audience and spoke on how proud he felt at the achievements of the girls and urged society to be the wind beneath their wings. He applauded the institution and its faculty for the encouraging and enabling ambience it has created. He pointed out that girls are the true wealth of the nation and they face immense challenges.
Prof PL Dharma exhorted the girls to work towards achieving all their dreams, but to make sure that above all they become good human beings. His insightful message on the occasion served to enhance the vibrant atmosphere. The presence of the PTA members highlighted the collaborative efforts of the parents and the college.
The chief guest Dr PL Dharma, the guest of honour Sr Dr Maria Roopa A.C. and the Principal Sr Norine DSouza presided over the felicitation ceremony to honour the students who had excelled in academics, sports and have contributed in several ways to the overall growth of the college through their dynamism and selfless efforts.
Wencita Dias, Cine star and alumna of the college was honoured on the occasion in recognition of her noteworthy contributions to the rich cultural tapestry of the region. Shriraksha S H, a student of II PUC Science was also felicitated for her remarkable achievements in the fields of Indian classical dance and music. Alisha Thimaiah a student of II PUC Arts was accorded praise and honours for her special achievement at the State Level Youth Parliament Competition where she won ‘The Best Parliamentarian’ award.
Academic high-flyers, outstanding National Level sports achievers, team captains, the cabinet members were also acclaimed underscoring the commitment of the college in nurturing both scholastic and extracurricular excellence. The best outgoing students Gowthami S from the Science stream, Aysha Zyma from the Arts stream, Kadeeja Noha from the Commerce stream were honoured for their brilliance and dedicated service to the college. Archi Girish Kumar from the Commerce stream was awarded ‘Best Outgoing Student’ by the PTA.
The cultural programmes were a mesmerizing blend of talent and creativity. A thought-provoking English tableau, a Kannada dance drama on Venerable Mother Veronica the founder of Apostolic Carmel Congregation and her inspiring journey of educating and enlightening girls, a dance performance embodying the qualities of courage and valour through the story of Arunima Sinha, melodious musical renditions and dazzling dance performances enthralled the audience and showcased a symphony of colours and diversity.
Supriya Shenoy, Dept. of Physics was the charismatic host for the formal function, Prival DSouza, Kadeeja Noha and Alisha Thimaiah served as scintillating emcees for the cultural cornucopia of events and steered the programme with grace and élan. Joanne Sheethal, Dept. of English proposed the vote of thanks.
Joanne Sheethal and Dr P V Shobha, the convenors of the event meticulously planned the event under the able guidance of the Principal Sr Norine DSouza. The resounding success of College Day exemplifies the spirit of cooperation and the diligent efforts of the faculty and students and illustrates the values of the institution that lie at the core of its educational ethos.