The College of Teacher Education (PGT), Shillong held a programme to felicitate the hard work and achievements of the outgoing batch of 2017-2019 on the 23rd of August, 2019.
It was a sentimental and poignant event punctuated with heart-warming reunions of the out-going student-teachers with their peers and teachers.
The hosts for the day were Mr. Helpme Lyngdoh and Mrs. Wanrica Domme who welcomed and each and all present graciously.
The chief guest for the event was our honourable Deputy Chief Minister, Government of Meghlaya, Shri. Prestone Tynsong, who made the gathering chuckle and giggle with laughter with his witty remarks. He spoke about how the college being a teacher training institute is a temple of knowledge, and rightly so.
The welcome address was delivered by Mrs. D.A Kharmylliem which was warm and thoughtful and it made the out-going student teachers feel at home once again in their college. This was followed by a welcome song presented by the student-teachers of the 1st semester. The song ‘Carry Your Candle’ is a beautiful song about taking the light within you and sharing it with those who need a little help – the lonely, confused and poor. The song had the perfect message for the out-going batch as they now venture into the world as mind and heart lit teachers who with their superpower will extend themselves to light up the darkest minds with education.
A speech by the Principal Dr. V. Kharmawphlang was duly delivered where she narrated the humble beginnings of CTE-PGT, and reflected how much the college has achieved, and how it must still soar to further greatness.
Speeches were paused for a brief moment to be in visual awe of the melodic and elegant performance of a Nepali dance by the 3rd Semester students, to display the cultural diversity that exists in our nation.
And finally it was time for the felicitation of the out-going batch of 2017-2019. Dr. M.A Jyrwa conducted the proceedings, and special recognition of the meritorious students was given.
Mr. Sandy Aaron War and Ms. Phibasiewdor Dohling took the gathering down memory lane with their brilliant story telling of their two years in CTE-PGT.
This was followed by another song, ‘Ynda Poi ka Por’ written and composed by Melvynn Pathaw, presented by the student-teachers of the 3rd semester. The lyrical composition is about having the strength to face the challenges that life brings forth to us when it is our time, and how we can overcome these challenges by having faith in ourselves and in the power of God.
The event came to a close with the Vote of Thanks given by Dr. R.M Tongper, and the singing of the college anthem. The gathering then dispersed for lunch.
Overall, it was a beautiful bittersweet get-together with the halls echoing with well wishes and congratulations.