Mount Carmel Pre-University College held its ‘Parents’ Day’ celebrations at its campus last week.
On the occasion, the toppers of the I and II PUC board exams of 2011 and those who had excelled in extra-curricular activities were awarded.
In addition to the inspiring speeches, the occasion saw colourful performances by students. The chief guest was V Rashmi, Commissioner, Pre-University Education, Government of Karnataka. Speaking on the occasion, Rashmi delved into the educational system, especially at the Pre-University level. She said students must use every available opportunity to make the best use of their education.
Principal Sr M Sonia presented the annual report for the academic year 2011-12 and called upon parents to be consistent in their support and guidance to children. The prize-winners posed for the camera happily.
The cultural programme began with a colourful contemporary dance by the ‘Indian Dance Association’. This was followed by an English play titled, ‘Paradise Regained’, which focussed on the issues of child labour, and depicted the life of an enslaved child and his subsequent liberation from slavery.The students did well to portray a sensitive issue with great care.
Later on, the Western Dance Association performed a medley of foot-tapping pieces and in perfect contrast to this were the soothing songs sung by the students of the ‘Indian Music Association’.
The parents and students were joyous on the occasion. Lakshmi Raghuraman, a parent who was nostalgic about her own college days said, “The students have been groomed to perfection by the college, which is great.”
Sindhu V, the general secretary of the student union, who was also a prize-winner said, “It makes a lot of difference when parents encourage and foster the innate skills of the children and not just stress on getting ranks.”
Trishala Jayachandra, another student said, “More than winning the prize, the time spent during the rehearsals with my classmates, friends and teachers are going to be with me forever.”