Nikita Pinto, III Year B.A. English.
August 15th was a three-fold celebration for Stella Marians as the college commemorated the country’s 70th Independence Day, the founding day of the college and the holy feast of the Assumption of Mother Mary. The celebrations began with the flag-hoisting ceremony and the NCC Cadet Drill, which were overseen by the chief guest for the occasion, Thiruchi Siva, Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha.
Dr. Sr. Principal Jasinta Quadras welcomed the gathering. In keeping with the theme of independence, she said that the students must “acknowledge the many sacrifices made for our freedom.” She also emphasised on India’s “plurastic fabric”, saying that students must ensure that one group or culture must not dictate the other groups present. She stressed on equality of all cultures, religions and languages, saying that there must be “unity without uniformity and diversity without fragmentation.”
The annual College Magazine 2015-16, edited by the English Department was then presented to the audience. This was followed by the cultural programme ‘Kalasangamam’. The Folk Dance Club, Light Music Club and Classical Dance Club put on a show for the audience highlighting the culture, folk and heritage of Tamil Nadu.
The college honoured two of its students, Princy S from Physics and Nivedita from Sociology with the SMC Samaritarian Award for their charitable contributions to society. The winners of the pre-Independence week competitions such as Nanotales and Poster Making, were also announced. The Students’ Union then launched their recycling initiative, encouraging students to collect cans for recycling and conversion into environment-friendly flowerpots and dustbins.
The Principal was then joined on stage by the retiring faculty for the cake-cutting ceremony in lieu of the college’s 70th anniversary. Heritage stalls were put up on campus for students to actively engage with their culture. A Human Flag formation competition was organized for all the departments of the college, which was won by the Maths department (Shift I).
[Photograph Source: SMC Photography Club]