Anikethana- Celebrating 20 years of Centre for Social Action

Day 1- 8th December, 2019

Under the open wide sky, stars of fairy lights were out shined by the members of alumni on the occasion of alumni fellowship dinner as a part of Anikethana. The celebration of CSA’s 20 year anniversary brought along with it an element of nostalgia as CSA alumni took a step into the Anikethana event. Beginning with an ice-breaking session, the alumni were then seated and engaged in a few games. The happy gathering of former volunteers then proceeded to cut a cake and posed for a group picture.

Prof. Johny Joseph, former Director of CSA, gave a speech reminiscing about CSA’s best moments and his experiences of working with the student volunteers . Fr. Joseph CC, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor addressed and congratulated the gathering for reuniting and for their magnanimous contribution as volunteers.

The alumni played a fun-game of tug-of-war with the current volunteers in which the current volunteers gave the evidence of their enthusiasm quite victoriously.  As a representative of the alumni family, Mr. Jaikumar appreciated all the volunteers for their strength, hard work, and enthusiasm.

A warm vote of thanks was given by the CSA Director Prof. Phinu Jose and the alumni were presented with photo frames and notes prepared by the volunteers. A video that compiled some of CSA’s best moments was then screened and the event concluded with a joyous dinner.

Day 2– 9th December 2019

To celebrate the 20 years of Centre for Social Action, Anikehana was organised in the Main Auditorium to be witnessed by guests and Christies. The golden morning began with filling up of seats by the audience. An inaugural dance followed by the auspicious lamp lighting welcomed the audience to the event. Director Prof. Phinu Jose gave words of welcome and facilitated the alumni representative Mr Jaikumar. The Chief Guest for the day was Mr. Rajesh Tandon, Practitioner of Participatory Research and Development, graced the occasion with his warm words of motivation on the importance of social responsibility in higher education and its vital role as a change agent.

Release of the Souvenir and “Book of Case Studies”

To pay homage to the organisation, the much awaited CSA Souvenir was released. Followed by the release of the “Book of Case Studies” by the honorable Vice-Chancellor.  As a vote of gratitude facilitators from the Bastar project area performed a folk dance. This was followed by a vote of thanks by Dr. Victor Paul, Team Lead, CSA.

The panel discussion on ‘Innovation and sustainability’ became the highlight of the event which not only witnessed an informative discussion amongst the panellists but also enthusiastic participation from the audience members. The panel consisted of Dr. Kshitij Urs, Senior Advisor – Program Development at India Foundation for Humanistic Development Ms.  Nalini Sekhar,  co-founded Hasiru Dala (Green Force), Ms. Rema Kumar, Dr. O. P.  Goel, Head- Bosch India Foundation, CSR & Skill Developmen and Mr. Abhishek Ranjan, Director, Sustainability Brillio Global. The event concluded in smiles of knowledge, growth and future.

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