Principal’s Message on 74th Independence Day

It gives me great pleasure to wish you a very happy Independence Day. 73 years ago in 1947 India achieved freedom after a long struggle and sacrifice. Now today, on the 74th Independence Day, the excitement of unfurling the tricolour is unparallel for all Indians. Our visionary leaders dreamt of unity in diversity to forge a common national spirit. The youth specially should feel proud of being born and living in free India. They should actively participate in maintaining peace and harmony in the country. We should not forget Mahatma
Gandhi’s gift of non violence.

We at present are going through a difficult phase. A small minute unseen virus has disrupted all normal activity and altered the world we live in. The news is full of records of the number of deaths caused by the deadly COVID-19. It is but natural to feel concerned and at times even petrified. However it has also taught us that the global community is but one family. The entire humanity was forced to put aside their differences to fight the virus and collaborate to save the planet earth. The virus did not recognize any artificial division of class, creed or colour created by human society. After all it infected all individuals equally be it the labourer, farmer or Mr. Bachchhan. So the good part of this Pandemic was that it awakens the global community to our shared destiny. It clearly taught us that human centric collaboration is much more important than economic centric inclusion. Compassion and human health is a virtue which was defined, refined and polished in these times. Our Doctors. Nurses and other paramedical staff worked day and night around the clock to serve the patients. They went much beyond the call of duty and risked their on lives to save other. Many did not survive. Today we salute these National warriors.

The Pandemic also taught us the value of Science and technology and the important role it plays in our lives. When the whole world came to a standstill, locked behind closed doors, it was technology which helped us. Due to social distancing and other factors it was becoming difficult for doctors to examine patients. Social Media stepped in and patients now consult their doctors on whatsapp and pay their consultation fee by Paytm etc.

Schools and Colleges conducted e-classes and students managed to continue their learning. Offices were closed and employees worked from home. Government officials conducted their meetings on Zoom. The Chemistry department in our College conducted an International e-conference last month and had participants and speakers from many countries participated other departments had Webinars and students had academic growth inspite of the lockdown. Virtual courts were in session and suddenly information Technology became an effective tool in Schools, business centres, offices, hospitals etc. Work from home is now the new normal. Adoption of Science in harmony with nature will help sustain our survival and growth. The time at present is difficult but the truth is that it is not going to last forever. We will soon be back in College with our friends.

That reminds me of the National Education policy formulated by the Government of India to promote education amongst its young citizens. The first was promulgated in 1968, then on 1986 and now in 2020. The draft discusses reducing curriculum content to enhance essential learning, critical thinking and analysis based learning It lays emphasis on the development of the creative potential of each Individual. It proposes to introduce and develop a quality education system in which students shall be allowed to freely choose subjects according to their interest and talent. In his address to the nation on the eve of the 74th Independence Day, our President Shri Ram Nath Kovind said that the National education policy spells a long term vision with far reaching impact, adding that it will strengthen the culture of inclusion, innovation and Institution in the sphere of education. Imparting education in the mother tongue has been given emphasis in order to help young minds grow spontaneously. This policy hopes to transforms future challenges into opportunities. The youth has a bright future.

An the end I once again congratulate you on the 74th Independence Day and wish you health and happiness in times to come.

JAI HIND, JAI BHARAT