Mangaluru: School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya, organized “Expressions 2015” with the theme Lumiere, at the college auditorium, Valencia here on September 4. Lumiere is the french word for “light” and has been adopted as the theme for this year’s intercollegiate fest in accordance with the United Nations’ observance of 2015 as the International Year of Light to raise awareness of the achievements of light science, its applications, and its importance to humankind.
The programme began with an invocation by the students of Roshni Nilaya. General secretary Spoorti Philomena welcomed the gathering. The programme was inaugurated symbolically by Dr Ajay R Kamath, Associate Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology, KMC by lighting a candle along with the other dignitaries. Student president Athena Aranha raised the curtains to Expressions 2015.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Kamath said that in the religious scriptures of many religions, light plays a very important role. He said that light is very important for our sight and that he felt privileged to work as an Ophthalmologist, as “I get to preserve that gift of light”. Aptly naming Roshni Nilaya as a home of light, he said that without light, a lot of the joy out of life is taken away. Reiterating a quote by Mark Twain, he said, “Do not let schooling interfere with your education. Academics alone cannot be the foundation of your entire life. Students need to participate in activities like these to help them in building up their personalities and peripheral skills.”
Principal Dr Sophia Fernandes congratulated and appreciated the efforts of the programme coordinator and the student cabinet for organising this event. Addressing the students, she said, “You are the light of the world. Some people exude an inner glow and seem endlessly happy. It is possible for us to be the light for others and we believe that Roshni is a home of light to its students; every student who enters this campus learns to discover and find it within oneself.”
Roshni Goveas compered the programme. Stduent Welfare Officer and programme coordinator, Cycilia Goveas delivered the vote of thanks.