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President Kovind inaugurates and addressed centenary celebrations of St. Thomas' College in Kerala
Inaugurating of the centenary celebrations of St Thomas College in Kerala on August 7, President Ram Nath Kovind, said that every resident of Kerala, irrespective of background, was a stakeholder in its sustained success and the forward march of the institution.

"Nevertheless it is important here to appreciate the role of the Church in founding and administering this College, and in taking it to such heights. The Christian community in Kerala is one of the oldest not only in India but anywhere in the world. Its heritage and history are a matter of immense pride for the entire country – and a symbol of India's non-negotiable commitment to its diversity and pluralism, he added.

Appreciating Indian Keralites teachers who had ventured into the interiors of Africa long ago to educate children, he said, "The community, much like the rest of Kerala I would say, has attained landmarks in many areas. However, it has made two vocations special to itself – education and healing. To many Indians, the linking of the community with medicine and nursing, and with teaching and education seems natural. Such warm emotions are also prevalent in other countries."

Lauding the motto of the College – Veritas vos Liberabit or Truth will set you Free – he added, "It reminds us that the real value of education lies not in examinations and in degrees – but in how we learn to help fellow human beings and care for those who are less well-off or in need of what we have and can share with them. I have always believed that the greatest service to God is to help another person, to heal another person and to spread the light of knowledge to another person. Your College is part of this noble tradition."

He urged and wished, "It is this mission that must continue to guide us as we strive to educate and build our society, and fashion the Kerala and India of our dreams. Educational institutions like St Thomas' College are critical to that journey. As you advance further into your second century, I once again congratulate you and wish you many, many more milestones."

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