“Christmas -2016” was celebrated at Expert P. U. College, Valachil with festive spirit. This was in compliance with the noble, value-based education imparted at Expert, where festivals are opportune occasions to promote national integration, harmony and peaceful co-existence.
Mr. Ivan D'Souza, Chief Whip of Karnataka Legislative Council was the Chief Guest. Prof. Narendra L. Nayak, Chairman Expert Group of Institutions presided over the programme. Mrs. Ushaprabha N. Nayak, Vice Chairperson, Expert Group of Institutions; Mr. Ankush N. Nayak, Alumnus, Expert P. U. College; Ustad Rafique Khan, Trustee, Expert Group of Institutions and Dr. N. K. Vijayan Karippal, Principal graced the occasion.
The guests marked the beginning of the celebration by inaugurating the Christmas Crib and by lighting the candles. Mr. Ivan D'Souza did the honours of cutting the X’mas cake in the presence of Santa Clauses, fairies and angels.
Mr. Ivan D’Souza was immensely pleased with Expert’s vision of education which treats all faiths alike, without any discrimination. He stressed the importance of celebrating festivals by understanding the humanitarian values embedded in them. Acknowledging the selfless service of missionaries in the field of health and education, he observed that Christmas should inspire us to work for the betterment of the society by promoting values like peace, amity and philanthropy. He also urged the students to work hard by making the best use of the quality education provided at Expert and reap all the benefits in the future.
Prof. Narendra L. Nayak, Chairman Expert Group of Institutions wished Merry Christmas and New Year Greetings to the students. He also presented a memento to the Chief Guest.
Christmas celebration witnessed the active participation of students in decorating the campus with Christmas tree, crib and stars. They sang carols and danced to the tunes of Christmas-related songs.
Miss. Niriksha Esther James, Fine Arts Secretary for Girls, Student Parliament offered a succinct introduction about the historical significance of Christmas and recited selected verses from the Bible.
Master C. M. Sanandana, Green Ex Convenor, Student Parliament welcomed the gathering, while Master Aditya P. Kamath, Fine Arts Secretary for Boys, Student Parliament proposed the vote of thanks. Miss Megnel Leona Menezes compered the programme.
Mr. Rakshith K. Mathematics Faculty & Programme Director co-ordinated the event by providing valuable guidance to the students.
At the end of the programme, guests and students were treated to a grand Christmas dinner served by ‘Chef on Wheels’.