by Cl. Avil Correa
NASHIK-MAHARASHTRA, JANUARY 6 2014: Divyadaan – Salesian Institute of Philosophy bagged several awards at the All India Essay Writing Event organized by the Sri Ram Chandra Mission (SCRM) in collaboration with the UNIC. The topic for the category 2 (UG and PG) was "It is not what you look at that matters, but what you see." Henry D. Thoreau.
The prize distribution ceremony which was held at Hotel Avinash Inn in Nashik began welcoming the participants, parents and revered guests. Mrs. Anusaya (SCRM) stressed on the fact that it was an event and not a competition wherein the minds of the youth of today were given an opportunity to think on the human level. She added that in our competitive academic world it is necessary for us to nurture our hearts, which despite all differences is the same for all human beings.
Thereafter the participants whose essays were commendable were awarded certificates of honour. Among these were Cls. Sagar Makasare sdb, Avil Correa sdb and Sunil Kujur from Divyadaan. Cl. Kiran Ruptakke sdb was awarded the 2nd place at National level among 1,78,589 students from 12,193 institutions. Cl. Amit D'Britto OFM Cap was awarded the first place at the Maharashtra Level. They were awarded certificate and a medal each. Thereafter the award winners were given an opportunity to express their opinions about the event and what went through their minds as the participated in it.
Fr. Savio D'Souza, the Rector of Divyadaan, received the honorary certificate of participation on behalf of Divyadaan after which he too was requested to speak a few words. Mr. Chavan - head of the SCRM centre, Nashik – gave away the prizes as well as addressed the gathering. He too spoke about the importance of a union of hearts on order to create a new and enduring civilization based on love, justice and peace. Rt. Colonel Thakur gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the SRCM.
The brothers who participated were grateful to Fr. Savio for providing the opportunity to participate in the event as a part of their Metaphysics course. It was an apt opportunity for them to express their views on the topic and to renew their convictions about their lives. It has indeed been an honour for the institution to have received the awards from a respectable and a recognized NGO. It will surely be an impetus for many others to participate in such an event having a philanthropic cause.