Celebration of the 75 th Independence Day at St.Teresa’s Institute of Education, Santacruz
“Into that heaven of freedom my Father, let my country awake!”
On August 15, 1947, India got her freedom and finally broke free from the shackles of slavery. To commemorate the story of our Independence, the Principal, faculty and students of St. Teresa's Institute of Education celebrated the 75th Independence Day with great enthusiasm and pride on August 15, 2021. The event was hosted on the virtual forum and presided over by our honourable Guest of Honour- Captain Rajshekhar Banerjee from the Indian Navy.
To usher in a spirit of patriotism, student teachers of the organising team had dressed up in costumes of the Freedom Fighters while the other participants were in shades of the Indian Tricolor. Arlene and Stevina anchored the event with catchy dialogues that set the tempo for the occasion. The solemn prayer service by Sr.Cinthiya implored the blessings of the Almighty to protect our Nation from all adversity. Being the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the service focused on the significance of the feast. Our Principal Dr. Sr. Tanuja Waghmare in her address delivered a meaningful message about Independence Day and the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and also extended a warm welcome to the Chief Guest. The General Secretary of the college- Miss. Upassanna Sanghvi introduced our distinguished guest Capt. R. Banerjee and his accolades to the audience. Thereafter, the flag hoisting was done in virtual mode by sharing a recording of the ceremony at the College campus held earlier the same day. Captain Rajshekhar Banerjee then delivered his address which inspired each of us present about our responsibilities towards our country. The forum was then opened for an interactive and enriching Q/A session where student teachers put forward thought provoking questions related to his service in the Indian Navy. Ms. Angel Christopher shared her thoughts on Independence Day and remembered the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for our country's freedom. More importantly, she reminded us about our responsibility in shaping young minds as future teachers and educators. A pre- recorded video of an enthusiastic and patriotic dance performed by Stevina, Riya, Ruchita and Lisa set our feet tapping to the beat. The concluding highlight was a Quiz by Kritika on our Freedom Struggle titled ‘Let’s test your Indian Quotient’. The vote of thanks by Riya brought the ceremony to a smooth close. The eye-catching collage of images of all the student teachers embedded on the map of India, leftetched a memorable impression on all our minds and hearts, reminding us that it is we who make our country prosperous and proud, arousing a patriotic feeling true and through.
Kudos to the organising team and their mentor Assoc.Prof.Dr.Giselle D’souza for meticulously planning and conducting such a meaningful and impressive celebration of the 75 th Independence Day!