The 72nd College Day Celebration of Sacred Heart College was held on February 27th, 2023, in the college grounds at 5:00 p.m. Approximately 7000 students, parents and well-wishers of the college attended the event.
Shri Narasimhan Ram, a Padma Bhushan awardee and former Editor-in-chief of The Hindu, Whole-Time Director of Kasturi and Sons Ltd, was the Chief Guest. In his presidential address, he spoke on the topic "Thinking India: The Role of Young People in Nation Building". In his introductory address, he said that the quality of education is determined by incorporating new practices and the attitude of the faculty towards quality teaching. He was anxious about the students of today as they are lacking soft skills. Further, the relationship with the community, in particular the rural, setting standards, opening opportunities and providing access to the poor and non-privileged families and setting admission standards are the factors that explain the success of an institution. By providing scholarships, Tamil Nādu has become a leading state in education across India. He said that the gross enrolment ratio is high in Tamil Nādu. Currently it is 52 percent in Tamil Nādu and 22 percent overall India.
The chief guest in a conversation with Rev.Dr.John Alexander, Rector and Secretary and Dr. K. Parthibaraja, Assistant Professor of Tamil discussed the current political and social issues in the society. Speaking about the Indian Constitution he said that, it is the oldest and it cannot be altered easily. He expressed his apprehension on the constitution being in danger because of political implications. He said that most laws are questionable. The unlawful prevention act is an example of how those who are innocent become victimized. He said that the Indian constitution is good but not perfect. He also answered questions asked on the appointment of the governor being politicized and the censorship of social media. Likewise, he answered the questions posed by two students.
Rev. Fr. Francis Bosco, SDB, Director of Don Bosco Migrant Services in Chennai, delivered the College Day address on the topic "Rights and Well-being of Young Migrants in India." He discussed the problems of Contract Labour Act. He ruminated that there is no social security. Students need to be aware of it as it is a problem to their parents. Protests have become a part of our life. Therefore, the goal of our education is to be aware of such political issues to safeguard our freedom.
Rev. Dr. John Alexander, SDB, the Rector and Secretary of the college, delivered the welcome address. Rev. Dr. D. Maria Antony Raj, SDB, the Principal of the college, presented the annual report for the year 2022-23, which was followed by a multimedia presentation showcasing the college's achievements.
During the college day ceremony, the honourable chief guest released Puthiya Avayam, an E-Journal that the Department of Tamil began in 2017. It was recently recognized by the University Grants Commission under the UGC Care list, January 2023.
The chief guest honoured the Additional Principal, Administrator, Vice-Principals, Deans, and Heads of various departments with certificates and mementos for their contribution towards the growth and development of the college. Meritorious students received scholarships and medals, and students were honoured for their excellence in studies and extra-curricular activities.
The audience was entertained by dance and medley performances by students, and the Mattru Nadaka Iyakkam students staged a skit titled "Ekalaivan."
The occasion was graced by Rev. Dr. K.A. Maria Arokiaraj, SDB, Additional Principal, Rev. Dr. G. Theophil Anand, SDB, Vice-Principal (Admin. Shift I), Rev. Dr. Gandhi Kallarasan, SDB, Campus Minister, Rev. Dr. Sathiyanathan, SDB, Administrator, Rev. Fr. Daniel Ambrose, Director of Extension Education & Services, Deans, Heads of the Departments, faculty, and students. The vote of thanks was proposed by Rev. Dr. G. Theophil Anand.