14 August, 2010

At a well-attended meeting held in the College Hall at 4 pm on 14 August, 2010, Dr. Quraishi, alumnus, was felicitated with great warmth and rejoicing by Stephanians. The meeting began with prayer, welcome and introductory remarks by Rt. Rev. Sunil Kumar Singh, Chairman of the Governing Body and Supreme Council of the College who wished Dr. Quraishi God’s blessings and guidance in steering the ship of Indian democracy with distinction. Shri. Ved Marwah, President, Alumni Executive, speaking on behalf of the alumni at large, paid rich tributes to the person and character of Dr. Quraishi and acknowledged the rare gift of the CEC to transform the given situation into something positive and productive. Shri. Salman Khurshid, speaking after Shri. Marwah, hailed Mr. Quraishi for his many contributions to public life and his commendable track-record in various sectors. Prof. Mohammad Amin, characteristically, took the anecdotal route and reminisced some of the events pertaining to Dr. Quraishi while he was in College. The Principal paid tributes to the courageous commitment of Dr. Quraishi to his alma mater and thanked him for standing by the College in the hour of its struggle and peril.

Responding to the expressions of appreciation and affection from his fellow Stephanians and his alma mater, Dr. Quraishi recalled his years in College and acknowledged the role the College played in his formation as a scholar and principled public servant.  He acknowledged, besides, the help and guidance that he received in the wider arena of public life from distinguished Stephanians, making a special mention in this regard of Shri. Ved Prakash Marwah. He played glowing tributes to Dr. Amin, equating him with the College itself.

 The Chairman presented a memento to Dr. Quraishi on the occasion.

Dr. Clement Rajakumar, Vice Principal thanked the distinguished speakers and the gathering for braving the inclement weather and assembling in large numbers to make it a befitting felicitation for Dr. Quraishi.

It is surely a sign of Dr. Quraishi’s popularity in College and wider acceptance he commands that the College Hall was full on a Saturday afternoon, which happens but rarely.

In his opening remarks, the Chairman made a special and appreciative mention of the eagerness on the part of the alumni to stand by the College as well as meet its manifold needs. He outlined the generous contributions in cash and kind received from several alumni in the recent weeks.  He commended the Principal’s initiatives to all of them for their support and facilitation.


                                                                                             Rev. Dr. Valson Thampu

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