Udupi, Jan 16: The precious beauty of this country is the youth of today. NCC helps students to develop leadership qualities. The college's alumnus, Jackson Francis Cabral, who was the chief guest at the 73rd India Army Day celebrations held at St Mary's College, Shirva said that he wanted young guns of this country to make good use of it, thereby becoming exemplary citizens in the people-nation service.
The principal of the college Dr Herald Ivan Monis explaining the importance of patriotism to the NCC cadets said that cadets are great examples of selfless service. The NCC distributed cadets' certificates in the presidential address, stating that this day will be remembered as a day of remembrance to honor the country's brave and courageous soldiers and love for the country.
This day is the most important day. India Army Day is celebrated on January 15 every year to commemorate the day Lieutenant General K M Kariyappa took over as commander-in-chief of India. "This day is celebrated to honor the selfless service of the nation's warriors and their love for the country," said junior under officer Pavithra Acharya.
The college's NCC officer, Lt K Praveenkumar, in Army's B' Certificate Examination, cited a list of 27 cadets who excelled in higher grades and said that they will be able to get higher education and employment benefits because of these certificates in the future. Second officer John Williams, lecturer Yashoda, former cadets Godwin Monis Gabral, Sera Mathe Mackwan, all cadets, teaching and non-teaching staff of the college were present.
Sergeant Major Pratima Acharya led the prayer, lance corporal Shruthi C Poojary welcomed the gathering, Sergeant Raina Andrade proposed the vote of thanks and corporal Rion Rishi Alphonso compered the programme.