46th College Daywas celebrated at Kongunadu Arts and Science College (Autonomous) on 23rd February 2019. Dr. C.A.Vasuki, Secretary and Director of the college presided over the function. Dr.B.K.Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, eminent educationist and philanthropist and Chairman, Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan, Coimbatore Kendra, was the Chief Guest of the occasion.
The celebrations began with an invocation. Ms.S.Dhanya Menon of II M.A.English Literature, President, Student’s Association of the college welcomed the gathering.
In her Presidential Address, Dr. C.A.Vasuki, Secretary and Director of the college praised the Chief Guest as “The walking Vivekananda of today” and lauded his efforts to bring in value-based education. Education without values cannot have any meaning, she remarked, stressing our cultural heritage and ancient values. The Secretary & Director went on to recall the foundation of the college, which was envisioned by Thiru V.K.Lakshmanan and Dr.M.Aruchami, the founders who wanted to establish a college for educating students from agricultural backgrounds. This was done in their youth, establishing the fact that it was the youth who were the achievers. Education and knowledge are the indicators of the growth of a nation. She quoted the words of Abdul Kalam: “Think of reaching the stars. You will reach the moon at least”. Higher education is not mere acquisition of knowledge but it is indoctrination of values. To achieve globally, we should utilize our strengths, our culture and heritage. “Believe in yourself and the world will be at your feet,” Dr. C.A.Vasuki told the students. The Secretary further advocated self-confidence and a religious outlook. Swami Vivekananda would be an excellent guide at any stage in life. Dr. C.A.Vasuki further went on to say that the achievement of “College of Excellence” status was due to the joint efforts of the staff and students.
After the Presidential Address, faculty members were given cash prizes and special awards under the College of Excellence Scheme. The Best Teacher Award was given to Principal, Dr.V.Balasubramaniam. Other faculty members who were honoured were Dr.K.Murugesan recipient of the Kamban Award, Dr.S.Krishnakumari, IQAC Coordinator.
The Presidential Address was followed by the presentation of the Annual Report for the year 2018-19 by the Principal, Dr.V.Balasubramaniam who highlighted the various achievements of the college.
The eminent Chief Guest, Dr.B.K.Krishnaraj Vanavarayar commenced his College Day Address by expressing his admiration for the annual report which consisted of achievement after achievement and read practically life a Finance Ministers presentation of the Budget. He appreciated the College of Excellence status attained by the institution and advised the formation of a vision committee to devise a strategy for further achievements by the Golden Jubilee Year, four years from now. The Chief Guest said that in -3 years India would be celebrating its 75th Republic Day. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had made a vision statement at the time of Independence, “To wipe off every tear from every eye of every Indian.” With its wealth of resources and 5000-year-old culture, India still lags behind. “If your dream is to be fulfilled, India’s dream should also be fulfilled,” Dr.Vanavarayar told the students. With Mahatma Gandhi’s advent, the independence struggle, which was initially an elitist concept, became a mass movement. India can achieve further greatness only by involving the masses in its development.
“Man-making education” was the need of the hour. Educational institutions were not mere workshops to produce graduates. They should work towards empowering the youth to enrich the nation. We should take up the responsibility of uplifting the downtrodden. Quoting Dr.Radhakrishnan, the Chief Guest said,” Education to be complete has to be humane.” Swami Vivekananda had described education as the “manifestation of the perfection already in man. Creating employable students was good, but making them enlightened citizens was essential. “Empower the youth to enrich the nation,” the Chief Guest advised, and went on to say that only a few can dream and see their dreams realized, and Dr.M.Aruchami, the Founder-President of the college was one among them.
Dr.B.K.Krishnaraj Vanavarayar further expressed his wish for installing statues of Swami Vivekananda in a minimum twenty educational institutions and promised to install a magnificent statue in the college.
In the final portion of his talk, the Chief Guest emphasized five points that, if kept in mind by the youth would make India a superpower:
The Chief Guest’s speech was followed by the distribution of prizes to best UG and PG students and awards to the best UG and PG departments.
Certificates and prizes for students and cash incentives to members of staff were distributed. Cultural programmes followed.
Mr.A.A.Dharanidaran of III B.A. English Literature and Secretary of the Student’s Association proposed the Vote of Thanks. The programme came to an end with the National Anthem.