By Violet Pereira, Team Mangalorean, Mangalore
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Mangalore, Feb 15: Sahyadri Institute of Health Sciences (A Unit of Bhandary Foundation), Falnir Road, Mangalore, presented the Lamp Lighting Ceremony of the 7th Batch of B.Sc. Nursing and the 6th Batch of G.N.M Nursing and the Graduation Ceremony of the 3rd Batch of B.Sc. Nursing Students on 14th February, 2009 at 5.30 p.m. at Loyola Hall, St. Aloysius P.U. College, Mangalore.
All the guests were received by the students in a traditional way. The chief guest, Dr. S. Ramananda Shetty M.D.S (Honourable Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore), released balloons in the air. All the students marched with balloons and led the guests to the venue from the main entrance of the hall.
An invocation song was sung by the students of the Sahyadri Institute. Ms. Pavitra performed a welcome dance. All the guests were escorted to the dais by S.N.A Advisors. Prof. Abanthi Gopan (Director, PG Co-ordinator of Sahyadri Institute) introduced the guests to the gathering. All the guests were honoured with floral bouquets.
Dr. S. Ramanada Shetty along with Dr. Ashwath Narayan, MLA (Chairman, Padmashree Group of Institutions, Bangalore), Dr. Jayakar Shetty (Member of Senete, RGUHS, Bangalore), Sri Manjunath Bhandary (President of Bhandary Foundation) and Prof. B.V. Kathyayani (Principal of Dr. M.V. Shetty Institute of Health Sciences, Mangalore) lighted the traditional lamp and inaugurated the program.
Prof. Irene Veigas and Ms. Benedicta read out the annual report respectively. The 1st year B.Sc. Nursing and general nursing students lighted the candles. Prof. Irene Veigas read out the oath and the students took the oath by holding lighted candle in their hand and raising the right hand forward.
Addressing to the students and the gathering Prof. Kathyayani said that it was her privilege to share and advice the students. She said “you are stepping into this carrier and have taken the oath. It is very difficult to follow the words but you have accepted to be dedicated towards your courses. Today, some students have received the chance to serve mankind. You are fortunate to be chosen to serve the needy patients." She also advised the students to listen to their conscience and to build up the right attitude and be successful in their lives. “In this modern and professional world you have to be smart enough to grab the opportunities,” she concluded.
Thereafter, the graduation ceremony was held and Dr. S. Ramananda Shetty distributed the certificates and Dr. Ashwath Narayan distributed the mementos to the graduates. Dr. Ashwath Narayan, speaking to the audience, said that there was a need to monitor the quality of education, how to improve, “where we are lacking and to improve the paramedical subjects."
Ms. Pavitra was honoured with a garland and memento for her tremendous achievement by Mrs. Prasanna Bhandary.
Dr. Jayakar Shetty distributed the awards and prizes to the winners. While speaking he said, "At present, we are facing financial crisis around the world. Nursing is a global need today. The nursing profession plays an important role in the state, country and around the world. Today, the graduates have acquired knowledge and you should make use of it."
Mrs. Ganavathi introduced the college magazine to the gathering. Dr. S. Ramananda Shetty released the college magazine. While speaking Dr. S. Ramananda said, "I am extremely happy to be here and witness these 3 programs. It's a privilege and honour for me to associate all my colleagues and students. Lighting the lamp is a very significant moment and is very important for the students. This is the day when you remember Ms. Nightingale who brought dignity to the nursing profession. The outgoing graduates should take the challenges because you are now educated nurses. In India, Dakshina Kannada is famous for medical education. It is called the hub of medical education in India. Once I visited the Sahyadri Institution, without their notice, and the discipline they maintained in the examination was tremendous." He also said to the graduates that they were very lucky to be a part of this institution. He congratulated the entire team of the faculty for their dedication and hard work towards the students.
Mr. Manjunath Bhandary honoured the chief guest and other dignitaries by handing over the mementos. Mr. Manjunath in his presidential speech said, "Till yesterday you were just the students. From today onwards, you are graduates and professionals. Yesterday your mistakes were forgiven, today we can't remember; but tomorrow your mistakes will not be forgettable. So try to concentrate on your profession and be perfect nurses in your life. Commitment and dedication is the most important think in your life. Do your works with full dedication and be committed towards your duties."
Mrs. Jacintha Veigas proposed the vote of thanks. The College Anthem was sung by the entire crowd.
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