Mysuru, November 22, 2023: The JSS College of Arts, Commerce and Science on Ooty Road, Mysuru, recently hosted the inaugural Cultural Forum and Sports Activities, featuring esteemed speakers who underscored the significance of language, culture, and sports in the holistic development of students.
Dr. Mahesh Joshi, Chairman of Kannada Sahitya Parishath and recipient of the prestigious title ‘Nadoja,’ spoke passionately about the uniqueness of the Kannada language. He emphasized its rich script, heritage, and history, declaring Kannada as a “perfect language” due to its remarkable alignment with spoken and written forms. Dr. Joshi urged attendees to cherish the privilege of speaking Kannada and actively promote its use, citing it as an eternal aspect of both language and culture.
Addressing the students, Dr. Joshi expressed concern about the increasing prevalence of mobile phone usage, urging them to balance their activities by actively participating in sports and learning. He highlighted the role of spirituality and culture in achieving perfection, lamenting the low representation of Kannadigas in defense forces and sports.
Prof. M. Chandrakumar, President (Retd.) of the Physical Education and Sports Science Division at the University of Mysore, echoed the sentiment, recalling Swami Vivekananda’s call to prioritize sports fields over hospitals and temples. Prof. Chandrakumar stressed the importance of physical activity for students’ physical and mental well-being, advocating for a minimum of 40 to 60 minutes of daily engagement in sports.
Sri G.S. Somashekar, Deputy Commissioner, Administration Division, Mysore City Corporation, encouraged students to participate in sports and extracurricular activities alongside their academic pursuits. He emphasized the pursuit of goals, time management, and the quality of education, citing examples such as Thomas Alva Edison to motivate the students.
The event also saw the presence of other notable figures, including Prof. B.V. Sambashivaiah, Chief Executive of the College, Dr. S. Pratibha, Principal, and Sri M. Karthik, Convener of the Sports Forum.
The program included an invocation by student Kum. Niranjani Bhargav, a welcome speech by Preskhit, a vote of thanks by Kum. N. Keerthana, and program coordination by Kum. Jacintha.
In summary, the inaugural Cultural Forum and Sports Activities at JSS College Mysuru brought together esteemed personalities advocating for the preservation of language, the promotion of sports, and the importance of a holistic educational approach for the students.