70th Independence Day of India was celebrated at Expert P.U. College, Valachil, Mangaluru in an atmosphere charged with patriotism and gratitude.
Dr. Kishan R. Bhagwat, an illustrious alumnus of Expert Coaching Classes, Mangaluru (Consultant Orthopaedic and Joint Replacement Surgeon at Nanjappa Super Speciality Hospital, Shimoga) who was the Chief Guest on the occasion, unfurled the national flag.
Dr. Bhagwat began his address by affirming that his alma mater, Expert Coaching Classes, provided him the turning point in his life. He recalled the inspiring influence of Expert Chairman Prof. Narendra L. Nayak's classes and vouched for the effectiveness of Prof. Nayak's formula for academic excellence viz. hard work, dedication and sincerity.
Veering to the topic of Independence Day, Dr. Bhagwat quoted Gandhiji's favourite hymns from the Bhagavad-Gita and observed that 'independence' in its real sense should help us become a 'sthitha prajna' and that it should help us exercise self-restraint in life. He urged the students to be good human beings first, as earning positive remarks about ourselves is more important than scoring marks. Stressing the fact that right things will happen to right people at the right time, he advised them to stay righteous all their lives by inculcating values like 'Love All, Serve All and "Help ever. Hurt Never".
The Installation Ceremony of the Office Bearers of Student Parliament for 2016-17 was also held on this occasion. Mrs. Ushaprabha N. Nayak, Secretary & Correspondent of Expert Educational & Charitable Foundation presented badges and administered the oath. In her address, Mrs. Nayak made it clear that independence is not about clamouring for rights and benefits. Real freedom lies in understanding our own duties and in not violating other people's' independence. She advised the Office Bearers of Student Parliament to become true leaders who command respect from their fellow mates, by virtue of their selfless service.
Prof. Narendra L. Nayak, Chairman of Expert Educational and Charitable Foundation presided over the programme.
Mr. N. N. Pal, Former General Manager, Corporation Bank; Dr. Rashmi, wife of Dr. Kishan R. Bhagwat; Mr. B. Manjunath Kamath, Trustee; Mr. Ankush N. Nayak, Alumnus of Expert P.U. College; Prof. Dr. N. K. Vijayan, Principal; Mr. N. Gurudutt, Vice Principal and Mr. Krishna. S, Physics Faculty and Programme Director added grace to the function through their esteemed presence.
Ms. Sharana Kariappa, President, Student Parliament welcomed the gathering while Mr. Ashrith Kurunji, General Secretary, Student Parliament proposed the vote of thanks.