Vidushi Shukla of the TA PR team & Sanket Bindra report…
We celebrate our beginnings, not just to celebrate how we started, but to remind ourselves of how far we’ve come.”
– Jason Green
On 1st October, 2014, the Institute of Chemical Technology conducted its 82nd Foundation Day celebrations. The Chief Guest was Dr. H. Devaraj, Vice Chairman, University Grant Commission, New Delhi. It was a momentous occasion, where all present took a moment to reflect on their mother institute’s roots, where they’ve come from, and where they must go.
The evening began with high tea, following which the program started with a wonderful rendition of the ICT anthem. The evening was hosted by Prof. Pandit and was graced by Padmavibhushan, Prof. M. M. Sharma himself.
The Vice Chancellor of the Institute, Prof. G. D. Yadav gave a wonderful speech highlighting ICT’s past, present and future. He outlined the events involved in the establishment of ICT, and the vision of our founding fathers. He then spoke of the wonders that the institute has achieved in terms of academia and infrastructure and the aims that we must move forward with.
Dr. Vijay Habbu, President of the UDCT Alumni Association (UAA) introduced the chief guest, after he spoke fondly of his days at ICT. He emphasized the importance of loyalty to one’s Alma Mater, and how just like we always respect our mother, we must always respect our mother institute.
The Chief Guest for the evening, Dr. H. Devaraj then gave an inspirational speech where he urged all present to bring their dreams to fruition. He spoke in great terms of the university where he had been welcomed so warmly and spoke of his immense respect and admiration towards it. He highlighted the importance of the guru in one’s life, and said that he had come to ICT because his own guru Prof. M. M. Sharma was there. He ended his speech with a rousing line – “Learn to dare and dare to learn.”
Prof. R. R. Deshmukh, Vice President of the TA, then gave the Vote of Thanks. The evening ended with a wonderful rendition of Vande Mataram by Akshata Kulkarni, Gayatri Pahapale and Juhi Chaudhari.
We spoke to Prof. Deshmukh about his views on the occasion – “I am impressed with the students’ participation in the event and would like to see the same for all the events that follow.”
“You cannot build a dream on a foundation of sand. To weather the test of storms, it must be cemented in the heart with uncompromising conviction.”
So here’s to ICT, the institute that gives us so much in every way and is firmly cemented in all our hearts. We hope to see many more such foundation days come and go – and congratulations to each and every one associated with ICT!