The P.G. Department of Commerce of St. Thomas College, Bhilai celebrated World Tourism Day with its MoU partners.It collaborated with Bhilai Mahila Mahavidyalaya to organize mandala drawing & chalk carving contests. It then organized terracotta art &pithora painting contests in collaboration with Govt. V.Y.T. PG Autonomous College, Durg.
The theme of this year was blending tradition & modernity in arts and crafts. All the contests witnessed enthusiastic participation bythe students who created works of artistic craftsmanship that enchanted onlookers and judges alike.
The chief guest of the prize distribution ceremony was the Principal of St. Thomas College, BhilaiDr. M. G Roymon. Special guests of the occasion were Dr. Sapna Sharma, Head of P.G. Departmentof Commerce and Dr. Sheeja Varkey, Additional Head of P.G. Department of Commerce.
Dr. M. G.Roymonhighlighted the transformative potential of tourism, the world’s third-largest export industry. He also discussed the vital role of arts & crafts in maintaining cultural identity and the need for supporting artisan communities worldwide.
Dr. Sapna Sharma emphasized the fact that arts & crafts have value beyond their aesthetic appeal as they serve as cultural ambassadors and promote intercultural exchange.
Dr. Sheeja Varkey applauded the creativityof budding artists and reminded students of their responsibility to preserve cultural heritage by keeping the traditional art forms alive.
The guests distributed prizes to the winners amidst thunderous applause from the audience.
Dr.Rincey B. Abraham, Dr. Sunita Kshatriya, Dr. Aditi Acharya, Dr. Pratik kumar Sharma, Dr. Neelam Gandhi, Miss Tabassum Hasanand teachers of other departments were present during the occasion. Anna Shalom Mathewof M.Com 3rd semesterhosted the ceremony and was assisted by her classmates Abish Thomas, Bijoy Kujur, Mili Mathew, Laxmi Patel and Damini.