by Aarushi Goel
The annual college day and awards ceremony of KMC Manipal, Extollo 2017 was held on 1st April. The chief guest was Dr. C Palanivelu, Chairman and Managing Director of GEM Hospital and Research Centre, Coimbatore. The guest of honour, Dr. HS Ballal presided over the ceremony, along with the Dean and the Associate Deans.
The ceremony started off with a guard of honour escorting the delegates, followed by an invocation prayer by teachers and students. The welcome address given by Dr. Sharath Rao and a floral tribute to the late founder, Dr. TMA Pai, preceded the college report of 2016-17 presented by the Dean, Dr. Poornima Baliga. The annual student report of 2016-17 was given by Pranav Rajashekhar, the president of the Student Council 2017-18. The chief guest was then introduced by Dr. Rajgopal Shenoy who extolled him for all his virtues. Dr. Palanivelu then addressed the gathering, talking about his journey from a farmer’s son to an accomplished doctor. He spoke about the nobility of the medical profession and achieving success, and ended by thanking the dignitaries for the opportunity to attend this prestigious event.
Dr. HS Ballal then presented Dr. Palanivelu with a memento on behalf of Manipal University, following which he gave the Presidential Address.
The award ceremony then started, with felicitations given to people excelling in their respective fields. The awardees were announced by Dr. Pragna Rao, Dr. Antony D’Souza and Dr. Bharati C Magazine for the faculty, undergraduates and postgraduates respectively.
The vote of thanks was given by Dr. Antony D’Souza which was succeeded by the national anthem.
Then came the highlight of the evening, the most awaited event, the cultural extravaganza. There were dances from all regions of India like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Gujarat and others. Entertaining and amusing performances were put up by both teachers and students, starting with a dance by the Dean along with other teachers. These were highly enjoyable and led to a great deal of cheering and hooting from the audience.
The night concluded with a delectable dinner arranged in Greens and a DJ night.
Written by Aarushi Goel
Photography by Shivangi Maheshwari