New Delhi- On the occasion of its 59th Founder’s day, Janki Devi Memorial College welcomed the Honourable Former President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee to inaugurate the newly constructed hostel. He was received by Professor Yogesh Tyagi, Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi and Dr Swati Pal, Principal, Janki Devi Memorial College. He inaugurated the hostel  ‘ Krishna ‘ by unveiling its foundation stone and cutting the ribbon.

He was welcomed in the auditorium by the college choir, followed by lighting of the ceremonial lamp. The HFP was accompanied on the dais by Professor Tyagi, Dr Swati Pal, Mr. Aditya Krishna, and Chairperson of the governing body and Professor Swati Saha. Following a spectacular performance by the Indian Classical Dance Society members, the eminent guests addressed the gathering. Dr Pal welcomed the guests and recounted the history of JDMC and its origins. She reminded everyone that the college is one year away from the diamond jubilee celebrations and that more than 50 generations of students have passed through its portals to achieve great heights. She also expressed the wish that the hostel will be a new beginning for the college and will be a haven for its residents.  Finally, she urged the students to act towards the future and a holistic vision for tomorrow.

Professor Tyagi when addressing the audience, reminded the students that the potential of a university lies in them. The students must commit themselves to human values and a vision which will lead to change. He urged the students to be reformers and put forward innovative ideas that can make this university progress in new directions.

The HFP expressed his happiness on being among students of JDMC. He reminded  everyone that the founder’s day is an occasion for reflection on the past, present and the future. He congratulated the college on the happy occasion of the formal opening of the hostel. He said that hostels create the atmosphere of education, which enriches the students in a holistic way. He said that the nation must invest in the education sector and the return is much more than just in terms of monetary value. He reminded the audience that JDMC is actually an heir of the Gandhian legacy of its founder Shri Brij Krishna Chandiwala, and the students must be aware that they are products of that tradition. He commended the college for its annual publication ‘Janki’. He ended his address by telling the students that strength does not come from physical capacity but from the indomitable will of the individual. On this empowering note, he bid farewell to the students, leaving behind his inspiring words.


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