32nd Freshers’ Day: St. Joseph’s College, Jakhama

The 32nd Freshers’ Day of St. Joseph’s College, Jakhama was held on 30th June, 2017 at the College Indoor Stadium. The programme hosted by Mr. YimyangerLongkumer and Ms. Ethel Zhimomi had Prof. PardeshiLal, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor of Nagaland University as the Chief Guest.

The programme kick-started at 10.00 AM with an invocation by Fr. Dr. Joy Thomas SVD which was followed by melodious voice of Welcome by the college choir to the newly enrolled 1273 Josephites, 2017 batch of various streams and departments. Taking the stage, Rev. Fr. Dr. Sebastian Ousepparampil, the principal of the college delivered the welcome address. He introduced all the important guests present for the programme and felicitated each one of them in the traditional practice of the Josephite family. He concluded the address by encouraging the students to strive and work hard in this ‘globalized, privatized and liberalized world’ in the days to come.

Globally well-known Naga artists, the ‘Tetseo Sisters’ enthralled the audience with two of their original numbers and moves, and left everyone in complete awe. Then Mr. MosaPhom, the President of the Students’ Council, SJC spoke on behalf of the seniors. He advised the freshers to do well in their future endeavours saying that SJC has the opportunities and resources for one’s full growth.  Then, ‘Unplugged 3’ of the freshers entertained the audience with their powerful vocals performing Adele’s ‘When we were Young’.

Most Rev. Dr. James Thoppil, the Bishop of Kohima spoke on the occasion and encouraged the young minds to be good human beings as the college imparts quality education to the students since its inception with Christian values, and that college degree is not the end of one life’s call. Then the Class Representatives and Vice Class Representatives took their turns to introduce their classes with their display of confidence and wit of the present day’s young ones. This was followed by dance group ‘Swaggers’ setting the stage on fire arousing excitement with each of the individual who bore spectacle to their magnificent moves.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Lal, expressed his gratitude to the Josephite fraternity for having him as Chief Guest. He emphasized on two Es: 1. Excitement- which include the need to make new friends, indulge in adventures and have self-motivation. 2. Education- which is to be able to stand out in the international scenario, and also on the requirement of infusing and imparting into the students’ minds the importance of environmental studies. Then the audience was taken to the world of France by Ms. BinthuNewmai, another singing talent with her number “La Vie en-Rose” and succeeded to woo and serenade the crowd. The curtain came to close with the Josephites belting out the College Anthem, “Arise and Shine.”