Published: 13th July 2017
The silver streak: Chennai's MOP Vaishnav College turned 25 and the celebrations left us feeling nostalgic!
Teachers and Students of MOP Vaishnav College came together to celebrate the Valedictory of their Silver Jubilee celebrations
On July 13, 1992, MOP Vaishnav College for Women was established and now 25 years later, it has become one the most renowned colleges in all of Chennai. This of course, calls for a celebration! Thus, the management organised a ‘Valedictory of the Silver Jubilee’ after commencing the celebration exactly a year earlier.
Today, MOP boasts of some of the most popular and sought after celebrities and personalities in Chennai and outside, many of these alumni made their way back to celebrate the occasion. The Chief Guest for the event was NAAC director D P Singh and the Guest of Honour, P Duraisamy, Vice Chancellor, Madras University both of whom applauded the college for being a place of holistic growth for young women students and congratulated them for their new milestone.
The college showcased it's year of Silver Jubilee celebrations throughout the year, from cultural events and academic events to sports competitions. To mark the Jubilee, the college had also inaugurated the Centre of Excellence, which facilitated international internships through partnerships with universities in countries like the USA, the UK and Canada. In order to expand the academic and vocational options for their students, 20 certificate courses were launched, the noteworthy ones being financial modeling, personal investment planning, programming and others.
In sync: One of the cultural events at MOP during the celebrations
Besides all this, the college has been accredited A grade by NAAC, an achievement acknowledged and appreciated by the Director himself, “Getting a 3.56 out of 4 for such a young college is a big achievement. I'm very happy that the college also concentrates on holistic development which includes moral, ethical and social responsibility as well.”
The Director also stressed on the need for a reform in our education and said that while we are always focussed on making Indian education global was also equally important to "indianise" global education. “The New Education Policy will ensure both quality and excellence. But we should try to indianise our education, make it more family-oriented, strengthen our value systems and promote inclusiveness," he said, adding that we have to concentrate on developing intellectuals and not just degree holders.
We have to balance both the global and the local, along with learning about our roots and maintain connections to it
D P Singh, NAAC director
Duraisamy also echoed some of the same feelings. Being a man of research, he spoke about the necessity of more research-driven programmes in the college.
Other dignitaries in attendance were MOP Vaishnav College secretary, Manoj Sonthalia and Principal Lalita Balakrishnan who also released a book documenting the history of the college, The MOP Vaishnav Story written by Karthik Bhatt.
First copy: (L-R) Manoj Kumar Sonthalia Secretary, of the Board of Governors; Dr M D Srinivas, Member of the Board of Governors; Prof P Duraisamy, Vice-Chancellor, University of Madras; Prof D P Singh, Director, NAAC along with Dr Lalitha Balakrishnan, Principal MOP Vaishnav College for Women releasing the book
What was the most memorable takeaway from the event was the resounding applause from the audience comprising of students old and new, every time the emblem of the college was displayed on the screen. It proved that not only was the college devoted to making their women students more prepared for the real world but also the fact that the students were completely devoted to keeping up their college name and keeping the values the college has instilled in them, for life.