Every person has dignity and value. One of the ways that we recognize the fundamental worth of every person is by acknowledging and respecting their human rights. Human rights are a set of principles concerned with equality and fairness. They recognize our freedom to make choices about our lives and to develop our potential as human beings. They are about living a life free from fear, harassment or discrimination. These human rights are the same for all people everywhere – men and women, young and old, rich and poor, regardless of our background, where we live, what we think or what we believe. This is what makes human rights ‘universal’.

The Constitution of India is the supreme law of India. The document lays down the framework demarcating fundamental political code, structure, procedures, powers, and duties of government institutions and sets out fundamental rights, directive principles, and the duties of citizens. The constitution declares India a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic, assuring its citizens justice, equality and liberty, and endeavours to promote fraternity.

Keeping the above themes in mind the NSS unit of SJC, Hassan organised a 2 day celebration of the 72nd Republic Day. Day 1 witnessed the awareness program which was conducted in the quadrangle of the college. Staff and students gathered in the quadrangle holding slogans that were based on the theme of Human Rights and Indian Consitutional Values. The Program was hosted by Ms Jenisia Lasrado, Faculty, Dep of Management. Ms Kalakruthi, a student of final year BCom gave a brief introduction on the topic “Human Rights”. Mr Dinesh M Goankar, Pricipal, then shared his views and motivated the gathering to stand up and fight for their rights that our constitution has gifted us. Rev Fr Roshan David Pereira SJ, Director, read the preamble of the Indian Constitution during which all were asked to take a pledge along with him.

NSS Coordinators, Mr Ranga Swamy and Mr Rovin Martis organised an inter class debate competition on the topic Farm Bill 2020. 2 students from each class came forward sharing their views for and against the topic given. The competition was moderated by Mr Rovin Martis and was judged by the Director and Principal of the college.

Day 2 being republic day students, staff and inhabitants of Navasadan (A pre novice training institute) were called upon to hoist the Tricoloured flag and pay homage to our country India. Program was compeered by Ms Benita Olivera. Rev Fr Dheeraj Dsouza SJ, Director of Navasadan, was the chief guest of the program. After the flag hoisting, Rev Fr Dheeraj and Mr Dinesh M Goankar addressed the gathering and shared their views about the violation of constitutional rights in our country. They said that we as the people of India should stand up and voice out for our rights. Ms Sashikala and team sang Vande Mataram and the program came to a standstill with distribution of sweets.