“Let Deepavali lit the diya of smile on your faces and let your smile be a reason for others to smile. Though festivals have religious origins and entwine cultural and religious significance, Expert Pre University College celebrates each festival as an event fostering unity in diversity.”, Said Sri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Honourable Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India. He was addressing the gathering as the chief guest on the occasion of Deepavali celebration at Expert P.U. College, Valachil-Mangaluru. He also said that India is witnessing tremendous changes in every field and Expert College is contributing immensely to the progress of the nation by providing quality education to the students.
The whole campus was illuminated with colourful hanging lanterns (goodu deepas) and flickering diyas (earthen lamps) for the unique Expert Deepavali which created an atmosphere of divinity. The students donned their traditional attire and there was a festive spirit in the air. The celebrations began with Lakshmi pooja in the temple premises followed by a formal function. A mesmerizing dance performance by Ms. Sanjana and team on the theme ‘Narakasura Vadhe’ was the highlight of the programme.
Prof. Narendra. L. Nayak, Chairman, Expert Group of Institutions presided over the function. “The Union Cabinet Minister Mr. D. V. Sadananda Gowda’s visit and appreciation gives us more enthusiasm to serve the student community and society better”- Prof. Nayak opined in his presidential address.
Dr. Ushaprabha N. Nayak, vice chairperson, Expert Group of Institutions, in her introductory remarks said that we need to eliminate the darkness of evil within us. We celebrate Bharatheeyathe or Indianism in Expert by observing festivals of all faiths.
Prof. Narendra L Nayak & Dr.Ushaprabha N Nayak felicitated the chief guest with shawl anda memento. The event concluded with releasing of numerous sky lanterns which set the night sky ablaze. At the end there was a sumptuous festive dinner.
Mr. Ankush N. Nayak, Director Information Technology, Expert Group of institutions; Ms. Deepika A. Nayak; Ustad Rafique Khan, Trustee; Mr. S.S. Nayak, advisor to the management and Mr. Pradeep Bekal were present on the occasion.
Dr. N.K. Vijayan Karippal, Principal, Expert P.U. College Valachil extended a cordial welcome to the dignitaries. Mrs. Jashmine Prathibha, Programme Director proposed vote of thanks. Ms. Dhruthi V. Hegde, lecturer in Chemistry compeered the programme.