Vellore (India) “The development of a nation is based exclusively on the development of the woman”. This is what Dayanidhi Maran, ex-Minister and member of the Indian Parliament, expressed on 13 February 2020, in the discourse she held during the celebrations of the 66th College Day of Auxilium College of Vellore.
The 2020 celebrations are distinguished for some significant events:
- Lifetime Achievement Award to Ms. Usha Bernadette Mary, Head of the Department of Commerce, and to Sister Gertrude Mary Nirmala, Daughter of Mary Help of Christians, Head of the Department of Economics and Exam Supervisor.
- The publication of the College Magazine and the internal journals of the Departments of English, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Zoology.
- The publication of 14 books in total, written by 14 Faculty members from different disciplines.
In her discourse, Dayanidhi Maran spoke of the importance of Higher Education, and valued Education as a decisive element for the growth of young women. She highlighted the fact that often girls in India reach great goals in school, but after matrimony, the young women tend to renounce studies and professions. She thus encouraged the students to face the challenges they meet in order to affirm themselves in a career because “the growth of women is directly proportional to the growth of the nation.”
She also congratulated the leadership, teachers, staff, and students of Auxilium College for academic, sports, and research achievements, in particular for publications. After the talk, she presented the awards to deserving students.
The celebrations were attended by Sister Alice Kanickaraj M. Tamizharasi, Provincial Secretary, the Principal of Auxilium College, Sister Regina Mary Rathinaswamy, Sister Sumathi and Sister Amala Valarmathy, Vice Principals, the retired members of the Faculties, Ms. Usha Bernadette Mary, Head of the Department of Commerce, and Sister Gertrude Mary Nirmala, Head of the Department of Economics and Exam Supervisor.