ANNUAL DAY SPEECH
Annual Day Speech
Distinguished Guests, Professor Jagmohan and Shri Haroon Yusuf, Dr. Satender Kumar Joshi, Principal Evening Classes, dear colleagues, both teaching and non-teaching and my very dear young scholars,
I heartily welcome you all to the 2011 Annual Day and Prize Distribution function of Satyawati College (Day). Our College was established in 1972, named after Behen (Sister) Satyawati who was a close associate of Gandhiji, Acharya Narendra Dev, Jaiprakash Narayan, Ram Manohar Lohia and Jawaharlal Nehru. As a freedom fighter, she was brave and quick in her response to the call for the struggle for freedom. This was evident in the nick name “Toofani Behen Satyawati” given to her by Gandhiji. Throughout her life she remained committed to furthering the cause of the poor and downtrodden. She played a leading role in the formation of unions of tonga-wallas and cart-pullers in Delhi. She also organized the stone workers of the city and worked and stayed with the poor of the city. As a consequence she developed TB and died at the young age of 39. Our College is honoured to be named after such a great woman.
We were also fortunate to have Dr. M. K. Haldar, a great educationist, a fine human being and author as our founder Principal (1972-84).
This morning we are pleased to have as our chief guest, Professor Jagmohan Singh, nephew of the great martyr, Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh who laid down his life with two other renowned companions, Rajguru & Sukhdev for the freedom of our country on 23rd of this month in 1931. His Mother Bibi Amar Kaur was the younger sister of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh. She was closely associated with her brother in his activities. She was imprisoned in 1945 by the British rulers and was sentenced for one and half years. Prof Jagmohan at the age of one year had to play his part against British imperialism as he accompanied his mother to the prison. He had the privilege to be cradled by the INA soldiers who happened to be in Ambala Central jail at that time.
Apart from inheriting this glorious heritage, he studied engineering first at Ludhiana and then at IIT Kharagpur. He retired from Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana as professor and head of the Computer science department after a long meritorious and innovative service. He was awarded gold medal by Institution of Engineers (India), for innovative research of application of electronics at farm and agriculture research. He has served on many national panels such as technical education for rural area, Right to Information and so on.
We are honoured to have amongst us Professor Jagmohan, an inheritor of a great revolutionary legacy, renowned computer scientist and a socially committed intellectual.
We are also privileged to have with us today as Guest of Honour, Shri Haroon Yusuf, Minister for Power, Development & Food & Civil Supplies in Delhi Government. He represents Government of Delhi which has been generous in providing funds and other support systems to our College.
Shri Haroon Yusuf, a post-graduate in Commerce has been a very active, warm, accessible and popular political leader of Delhi. Shri Haroon Yusuf was inducted to the Delhi Cabinet for the first time as Minister in 2001 as one of the youngest ministers ever appointed in Delhi. During student days, Shri Haroon Yusuf actively participated in student politics from 1979 to 1983. He took keen interest in the activities of students’ unions and played prominent role in solving various problems through different student fora. He was also actively involved in anti-drug campaign. After completing his studies, he joined active politics. He was elected to the first Delhi Legislative Assembly from Ballimaran Constituency (where once Mirza Ghalib resided) in the Assembly Elections of 1993 and continues to represent it. He has served as chairperson of Estimates Committee & the Public Accounts Committee of the Delhi Legislative Assembly. Reading books is his passion and he is well-versed in English, Hindi & Urdu. He truly represents the composite cultural life or Ganga-Jamna sanskriti of Delhi. We are grateful to him for accepting our invitation.
The history of our College is a history of steady development and achievements. This College which started in a middle school building, today is housed in a vast complex which include teaching blocks, administrative blocks, modern computer laboratory, a very rich and computerized ‘Dr. M. K. Haldar Memorial Library’, ‘Sandeep Suri Memorial Sports Block’ and a well maintained sports ground for both Day and Evening Colleges. With this we had manifold increase in the strengths of faculties, teachers, students and non-teaching staff. Recently we got a modern, elegant and big College auditorium named as Satya Auditorioum. It was in fact, the parting gift of our College Principal for 25 years, Dr. K. P. Bhatt who retired on May 31, 2010.
Thanks to OBC expansion and renovation grants from the University of Delhi and UGC that new academic blocks which will include new class rooms and faculty rooms and amenities block which will house, common rooms, cafeteria and bank are coming up. However, it may be noted that this amenities block will be used in the coming academic session for 11 class rooms accommodating around 560 more students. It is true that we are also going to have a new computer laboratory and library wing. In addition, we’ll have Wi-Fi on our campus which will be an extremely useful tool for all of us. It is hoped that within a year we will have a campus with sufficient space and modern amenities and that the whole campus is accessible to the differently-abled persons.
Catering to students who come from a wide section of society, our college has been doing quite well academically. In many streams our students have been ranking as toppers in the University. The College faculty; hard working with scholarly bent of mind has been able to bring the best out of our young scholars. We are lucky to have a professional non-teaching staff committed to efficiency and service to the institution.
Our campus came to be established in a Mughal period bagh or garden. It is a green campus to which we have continuously been adding more species of trees and have a beautiful nursery. The College regards Right to Information as important tool for transparency and fundamental to successful running of Indian democracy. In the year 2009-2010 we received in total 40 RTI applications all of which replied within the prescribed time.
It is heartening to note that our College is a favourite destination of visually impaired students. They not only excel in academics but have brought laurels in the field of sports to the College as you will see in the Sports Committee Report. It shows that they are second to none if proper affirmative attitude by the institutions is adopted. You heard the beautiful songs presented by ‘Sewa Kutir Choir’ led by Shri Virender Yadav, consisting of only visually impaired students. It was organized by the visually impaired students of our College. I thank them all. I must bring to your notice the fact that this report is being made available in Braille also.
Our College campus houses two colleges, Day & Evening. We share the same heritage and infrastructure. These two Colleges together invited the renowned film-maker and a luminary of Indian cinema, Shri Shyam Benegal to deliver ‘Satyawati Memorial Lecture’ on the theme ‘Contemporary Indian Cinema’. It was a memorable lecture delivered to a packed auditorium. The audience consisted of not only College fraternity but many came from outside. We have to keep this spirit going.
I am grateful to individuals & organizations who have offered awards and scholarships to our students. This affirmative action will go long way in helping our students.
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