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Xavier’s marks annual day

Degrees and academic achievements are useless unless they are accompanied by basic values.

This was the message of Cardinal Telesphore P. Toppo as he addressed students of his alma mater St Xavier’s College, Ranchi during the annual day function on Tuesday where he was chief guest.

The cardinal added that in the age of globalisation, the world has become competitive and greed and selfishness are threatening the finer qualities of men. According to him, only an ambassador of peace and harmony such as Mahatma Gandhi could bring about a change.

Reminiscing about his days as a student of the institution, Toppo lauded the efforts of the college that has continued to impart quality education to students “irrespective of their caste or creed”, particularly those belonging to less privileged sections of society.

He said this was possible only when the leaders have passion for doing what they did and love for others. “Jesuits should continue to lead us,” the Cardinal wished, explaining that leadership is neither a job nor an act but a way of living that is enriched by divine presence.

Earlier, principal of the college Father Nicholas Tete presented the annual report, highlighting the achievements of both students and the teachers in various fields.

Prizes were given away to students who excelled in intermediate examinations of 2012. Besides, a number of memorial prizes were also given away.

A cultural programme by students was the highlight of the occasion, with the dance performances worth special mention.

Beginning with Hanstarangini, a ballet presented by Sangeeta and her group, students Akanksha, Alka and Souni and their respective groups presented three group dances focussing on women and their empowerment.

The last item was a folk dance medley from four states — Bengal, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

Chairman of Jharkhand Public Service Commission Shiv Basant was the guest of honour.