Mangaluru, Aug 17: St Aloysius P U College celebrated the 71st Independence Day with the hoisting of the national flag by the chief guest Col Prashant Petker, Army Recruitment Officer at 8.40 am.
The oath was administered by the president of the Students’ Council Sushaan K Attavar, undertaken by everyone gathered at the Pretorium.
The chief guest, in his address spoke about the rich heritage of our country and called upon the youngsters to respect our mother, our Guru – the teachers and the soldiers as they are symbol of self sacrifice.
Principal Fr Melwin Mendonca SJ spoke about the struggles and the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters and appealed everyone to work for harmony and peace and strive for a free nation.
Student representative Shruti Lal enlightened the students on how to achieve independence on aspects where we have been left behind.
After the formal programme, the students staged cultural programme on the theme ‘Independence Day ‘with melodious patriotic songs, instrumental patriotic music by the Orchestra followed by a dance emphasizing the Tri Colour Flag.
Calvin Lobo, secretary of the Students’ Council welcomed the gathered and Samyami Rai proposed the vote of thanks.
Finance officer, Fr John Lang Bosco SJ, vice principal Charlotte D’Souza, deans, programme coordinators and PTA office bearers were present on the stage.
Darren Miranda compered the formal programme.