72nd Republic Day Celebration
The 72nd Republic Day was celebrated on 26th January 2021, in Sacred Heart College with passion and zeal for the nation. The Salesian community, the teaching and non-teaching staff and the students participated in the celebration maintaining social distancing protocols. The event was also live streamed through the college’s official YouTube Channel and Facebook.
The celebration began with the Thamizhthai Vazhthu. Lieutenant. Major. Dr. K. Sivakumar, introduced Rev. Dr. K.A. Maria Arokiaraj, the Additional Principal (Shift – II), the chief guest for the day.
Rev. Dr. D. Maria Antony Raj, the Principal, welcomed the gathering. In his address, the principal wished everyone a happy Republic Day and reflected on the difficult times we had during the pandemic. He urged everyone to remember and be grateful to the sacrifices made by our soldiers and frontline workers who toil day and night to safeguard us. He also congratulated and thanked the COVID - Warriors of our college, NCC and NSS students for volunteering themselves during the lockdown.
Rev. Dr. K.A. Maria Arokiaraj, the chief guest, after accepting the guard of honour hoisted the flag. It was followed by contingent drill performed by the NCC Cadets. The chief guest honoured the best cadets for their individual achievements.
The chief guest in his address to the audience and the cadets recounted the history of why Republic Day and Independence Day are celebrated. Father reminded the audience of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s thoughts, urging every individual who has completed eighteen years of age to cast his or her vote. This is urgent because, currently the country is moving towards an attitude where power and money are ruling. This should change if the country has to progress and therefore as students you have a very big responsibility in selecting the right leader. Father stressed that, as we are about to cast our votes, let us not waiver in our duty of being faithful to the constitution and be extra cautious, not falling as victims to bribes.
The celebration concluded with the Vote of Thanks and National Anthem.