St. Philomena’s College, Mysore, observed Vigilance Awareness Week 2023 with great enthusiasm and commitment on the 30th of October, 2023, in the college auditorium. This observance, held from 30th October to 5th November 2023, aimed to promote the theme of “Administering the Integrity Pledge” among the college community, emphasizing the importance of integrity and combating corruption. The event was organized by the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) led by the IQAC Coordinator, Mr. Thomas Gunasheelan, an Associate Professor at the institution.
The event was presided over by the esteemed Principal, Dr. Ravi JD Saldanha, who set the tone for the proceedings. The central theme of the observance, “Say No to Corruption, Commit to Nation,” was eloquently expounded upon by Mr. Anand C, the Head of the Department of Political Science, who delivered the key note address. Mr. Anand’s insightful talk shed light on the far-reaching consequences of corruption and the vital role that each citizen plays in upholding the integrity of the nation.
The program included a captivating video clip presentation that showcased teaching and non-teaching staff, as well as students, taking the integrity pledge. This visual representation served as a powerful reminder of the collective commitment to combat corruption within the college community. The video clip was met with a resounding applause and was a highlight of the event.
The grand finale of the program was the Integrity Pledge Taking Ceremony, which was administered by Dr. Ravi JD Saldanha, the principal. The pledge was taken by various groups, including Rovers and Rangers, NSS Volunteers, NCC Cadets, and all participants present. This pledge marked a commitment to uphold the principles of integrity, transparency, and honesty in all actions, not only within the institution but also in their wider communities.
The presence of Dr. Ravi JD Saldanha, the principal, was indeed a significant endorsement of the event’s importance. His words of encouragement and support for the cause of vigilance awareness were highly motivating. Additionally, Mr. M. Nagaraj Urs, the Vice Principal (Academic), and Mr. Ronald Prakash Cutinha, the Vice Principal (Admin), also graced the event with their presence, reaffirming the college’s commitment to ethical values and a corruption-free environment. The IQAC Coordinator, Mr. Thomas Gunasheelan, added further weight to the event through his dedication to the cause and his efficient organization of the entire program.
In conclusion, St. Philomena’s College, Mysore, took a commendable step in promoting vigilance and integrity within its community during Vigilance Awareness Week 2023. The event emphasized the importance of administering the integrity pledge and making a collective commitment to fight corruption. Such initiatives not only instill ethical values but also contribute to building a responsible and conscientious society, committed to the betterment of the nation. The observance of Vigilance Awareness Week at St. Philomena’s College, Mysore, stands as a testament to the institution’s dedication to nurturing not just academic excellence but also character and values.