The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, graced Jesus and Mary College and inaugurated its Golden Jubilee celebration today.
The Honourable President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, graced Jesus and Mary College (JMC) on the occasion of its Golden Jubilee year, and inaugurated the year-long celebrations in the college campus this morning. The President of India was the Chief Guest, along with archbishop Anil Couto, the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Delhi. Present also among the Guests of Honour were V.S. Chauhan, the University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairperson, and Yogesh Tyagi, the Vice-Chancellor of University of Delhi (DU), along with Sr. (Dr.) Marina John R.J.M, the former Principal of JMC.
JMC was established as a constituent college of DU in the year 1968, by the Congregation of Jesus and Mary. The college started with one department offering B.A. English (Hons.) and B.A. (pass) courses, with 116 students on its roll. Today, it caters to more than 2500 students enrolled in over 10 honours courses and multiple B.A courses. On this auspicious occasion of its 50th anniversary, the President graced the institution and planted a sapling in the college premises and saw the photo exhibition on display before entering the hall. The students of JMC put up commendable performances on showcase and enthralled a packed hall of students and dignitaries. The Indian Music Society of JMC, Tarannum, performed its rendition of the National Anthem, followed by a bamboo dance performance by Ethnic Eight, the North-Eastern Students’ society of JMC, and a dance Performance by Nrityanjali, the Indian dance society of the college. The college’s gymnastics and yoga teams performed as well, and put up splendid performances. The college’s principal, Sr.(Dr.) Rosily T.L, then invited the President to address the gathering.
The President, in his speech, congratulated the Christian community on its contribution to the shared culture of learning and maintaining academic excellence. He highlighted the importance of education of girls and also applauded the college for partnering with a local NDMC school to facilitate the development of the school and its children. Speaking of education and digitisation, he said “Our education infrastructure, curricula and modes of teaching need to be 21st century compatible and be nimble and dynamic enough to constantly embrace change”. The speech was live-telecasted on DD channel.
Following the President’s address, Father John, the governing body of JMC’s Chairperson, came on the podium to share his greetings with the students present. The concluding event was a culmination of various Indian dance performances led by Guru Jai Rama Rao and Vanshree Rao, which included Mahisasur Mardini. The college now embarks on its 50th year celebrations, and will witness many events happening all year round.
Feature image credits: President’s Twitter Handle
Ananya Peddibhotla and Vijeata Balani from JMC