Mangaluru: Vision Statement for the Physical Therapy Profession is “Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience”. A physical therapist will be responsible for evaluating and managing an individual’s movement system across the lifespan to promote optimal development; diagnose impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions; and provide interventions targeted at preventing or ameliorating activity limitations and participation restrictions. Physiotherapists help and treat people with physical problems caused by illness, accident or ageing. A physiotherapist’s core skills include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and the application of electro-physical modalities. They also have an appreciation of psychological, cultural and social factors influencing their clients. And now as these physiotherapy graduates of Laxmi Memorial College of Physiotherapy emerge out of the campus and look forward to serve the community, they will be of great asset to the needy patients who are anticipating their dedicated and professional services.
The Graduation Day-2015 and 22nd Annual Day celebrations of Laxmi Memorial College of Physiotherapy (LMCP) was held on 3 July 2015 at Hotel Moti Mahal here. A graduation ceremony is a pageant celebrating the transition from student to graduate and marking the beginning of an exciting new chapter in their life. Over two dozens of graduates all dressed to thrill in their graduation gowns, and who were about to receive their certificate and medal were all beaming with smile and pride as they were ready to enter the hall for the big celebrations, amidst their teachers, parents and college-mates. The function commenced with the entry of graduates in a beautiful “Graduation March” by the way of traditional pattern with flowers and balloons all around followed by the dignitaries of the occasion.
The programme began with invoking God’s blessings through a prayer song “Showers of Blessings” sung by a college student, followed by the welcome address and reading of the Annual Report by Dr Sanjay Eapen Samuel-the Principal of LMCP. The “Double Celebrations” were inaugurated by lighting the traditional lamp by Dr SD Sharanappa-IPS, Superintendent of Police, DK, along with other dignitaries on the dais namely, AJ Shetty- President of Laxmi Memorial Education Trust (LMET), Prashanth Shetty- Vice President, LMET, and Dr Abilash PV-PRO of LMCP, and also Senate member-Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS). Ashritha P Shetty- Director, LMET and Dr Hemanth Kumar-Medical Superintendent, AJ Shetty Hospital also graced the ceremony.
All the graduates were awarded with certificates and medals by Dr Sharanappa, AJ Shetty and Dr Sanjay Eapen Samuel, and later all graduates took the oath administered to them by their Principal. Few other students were also awarded for their performances in academics, sports and cultural activities. Chief guest Dr Sharanappa in his address to the students said, ” Now that you are moving out of the college and will be serving those patients in needs, you should be an asset to the community through your dedicated services. Utilize your talents and knowledge that you gained from your college. Be ready to help someone who is in need of medical assistance”.
Before concluding his speech, Dr Sharanappa quoting Mahatma Gandhi’s words, ” Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.” said, ” Go and move into the society and follow these words of Gandhi, and be good physiotherapists, serve the patients with dedication and sincerity and bring joy and smiles on their faces. Wish you all best of luck in your career”. The annual college magazine ” Palladium”, which was intended to indicate safeguard of precious articles written by the students, showcasing achievements of both students and faculty, and also college events, was released by Dr Sharanappa and AJ Shetty.
AJ Shetty in his presidential address said, “I feel proud of all because you have brought quite a few laurels and name for your college. Your hard work and dedication has really paid good results. You all have achieved success in your college, now serve the community with pride with what you have learned at LMCP. In the medical field, the system of Physiotherapy treatment has also an important role. Make the best use of the knowledge that you have gained and help the society. Ranks don’t matter much, but your service and commitment to your duties count a lot. My advise to the staff and physiotherapy students is that you need to spread the awareness of physiotherapy treatment and its benefits, because the public are not aware much about the benefits of Physiotherapy treatment. Wish you all best of luck and and success in your future endeavors”.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr Priya-professor at LMCP, and the entire programme was professionally compered by Dr Hima and Dr Hari Priya -both Assistant professors at LMCP. The formal function was followed by photo session, cultural programme, and off course, a sumptuous dinner.