The Bombay Teachers’ Training College, a premier college of education in South Mumbai, organized their 44th Annual Day & Prize Distribution Function on 15th April, 2013 at the Auditorium in the college premises.
The Chief Guest for the evening was Dr. Ajeenkya D. Y. Patil, Chairman of the D.Y. Patil Group of Institutions. The Guest of Honour was Mr. Boman Irani, film personality. Mr. Kishu Mansukhani, President of the Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board presided over the function.
The Function began with a short cultural programme presented by the B.Ed., D.T.Ed. and Diploma in Early Childhood Education students. The theme of the programme was ‘Indian Cinema over the years’.
This was followed by the welcome of the esteemed guests by the Principal Dr. (Mrs.) Mintu Sinha. The guests then felicitated the Ph.D. scholars, two of whom were faculty at the college. The prizes for excellence in academics and co-curricular activities were distributed to the students.
Dr. Ajeenkya Patil addressed the gathering of future teachers and parents. Dr. Ajeenkya expressed his delight at being a part of the graduation ceremony of teachers as he believes that teachers are vital instruments of change. In his brief speech he shared his own experiences with professors who had influenced and motivated him. He stressed upon the humane qualities required in a teacher. The students were enthralled with his words and his refreshing sense of humour.
Mr. Boman Irani endeared himself to the audience with his brief interaction with the gathering. He recounted life-changing incidents from his own youth. He advised the young teachers to keep their innocence and exuberance intact.
The college was indeed very honored to host the event with dignitaries who inspite of being in the echelons of power and fame were able to connect so well with all. They inspired the young teachers and the faculty alike with their gracious and down-to-earth natures.