Approaching closer to its centenary anniversary, Indraprastha College for Women hosted its 93rd College Day on 8th February 2016. The oldest women’s college in University of Delhi celebrated the occasion in its traditional way. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Mr. Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Government of India, along with the distinguished alumna Dr. Aruna Broota, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Delhi.
The event started with the lighting of the lamp and a soulful musical rendition by Alaap, the Indian Music Society. It was followed by the welcome address by the Chairman of the Governing Body. Dr. Babli Moitra Saraf, Principal of IP College presented the principal’s report, succeeded by speeches by the Guests. While Shri Rijiju shared anecdotes from his time at University of Delhi as a student and motivated the students towards being responsible Indian citizens, Dr. Broota shared her experiences from and memories of her college days and how IP College’s essence would always define her. This was followed by the Prize Distribution ceremony with awards being given for the Outstanding Student of the College, All-Round Excellence, College Excellence and Principal’s Honour Roll. Students pursuing Masters and Bachelors courses were encouraged for topping their streams along with scholarships to some. All Society activities were praised and the best student from each society was felicitated. The achievements of the non-staff and staff members were also appreciated.
The event concluded with a vote of thanks by Ms. Sanchita Makar, President of the Students’ union and everyone paying their respects to the National Anthem. The gathering then moved to the college field for lunch, thereby bringing the day‘s celebrations to a fitting end.
“Peace will not come through prayers, peace will come through action,” said His Holiness the Dalai Lama who graced the 88th Annual Day of Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) with his presence. The event was held on 24th March 2014 in the sports complex of the college.
The event commenced with the auspicious Saraswati Vandana, sung by the members of Aarohan – the Indian music society of SRCC. This was followed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s address in which he spoke about elements such as the importance of education, peace, correct thinking and being the part of the community. Talking of the importance of all community, he stated “ Community is the basis of all life.” Reiterating the age old belief, he also said, “A healthy mind is a very important metaphor for a healthy body.”
His casual remarks about his English not being up to the mark had the students giggling at his sweet candor. His speech was followed by a question and answer round where the award winners were given a chance to ask His Holiness their questions. Questions of varied themes were became the part of the discussion including the college president Seerat Gupta asking, “What according to you is the most simple and effective act of compassion?”
Principal Dr. P.C. Jain delivered a short speech and then the much awaited prize distribution ceremony commenced. Apart from the position holders from all the courses of the college, college alumni were given certificates for appreciation as well. Awards like “all rounder of the year” and various medals were given to achievers in the field of academics, extra curricular and organizing events. The best English Debater award was given to Harsh Jain, a third year student. The award for exceptional organisation of events and conferences was received by the President of the college, Seerat Gupta.