“Education is a fundamental right of every Indian child- Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam . This lines aptly describes the mission and vision of Bishop His Grace Dr. Stephanos Mar Thedosius of Blessed Memory, the founder Manager of MGM Group of Institutions. MGM Fest 2019 , a three day cultural and sports event was organized at the Christian College of Engineering and technology (CCET) Bhilai on a grand scale with great fervor to commemorate the Visionary Bishop Mar Theodosius. The mega event was organized to bring all the 31 schools run by St. Thomas Mission and Calcutta Diocese of Indian Orthodox Church under one umbrella and to evoke a feeling of unity and fraternity. These 31 Schools along with the 3 Colleges are popularly known as MGM (Mar Gregorios Memorial) Group of Educational Institutions. More than 1300 students from the states of Odisha, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh participated in the event including 200 Principals , teachers , sports and cultural in charges.
The spectacular event commenced with a Torch Rally flagged off from the Tomb of H.G. Dr. Stephanos Mar Theodosius and crossing Gurudwara chowk , Kailash Nagar and concluding at the campus of Christian College of Engineering & Technology (CCET), Bhilai. Thereafter the MGM FEST ’19 flag was hoisted by the Chief Guest Shri. V Vikraman , DIG, Sashatra Seema Bal followed by the Lighting of Ceremonial Torch. Very. Rev. Fr. George Mathew Ramban, Vice President of St Thomas Mission welcomed the gathering . In his speech he emphasised on the values and objective of the MGM group of Schools. The stage came alive with a colourful Welcome Dance presented by MGM H.S. School, Raipur added colour to the inaugural ceremony of this mega meet. The students of MGM Public School performed a vibrant dance performance depicting different cultures of India from North to South.
The Presidential address was delivered by H.G. Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius Metropolitan, In his address, the Arch Bishop focused on the importance in students life and encouraged them to actively participate in curricular and co–curricular activities. Shri Rajesh Chauhan, Former Indian Cricketer graced the occasion as the Guest of Honour and praised the contribution of the group in the field of education and sports.
Shri. V Vikraman , DIG, SSB was the chief guest of the inaugural ceremony . In his address he appreciated the initiative by MGM group of schools for organizing such a mammoth Sports and Cultural event.
MGM Fest 2019 was declared open by the Chief Guest by releasing the balloons. Before commencement of the cultural and sports events Oath was administered to all participating school captains by the Captain of Mar Baselios Vidhya Bhana (MVB School), Bhilai.
On all the three days of the 5th MGM Fest 2019, various cultural and sports competitions were held at CCET, Bhilai. The students were seen performed excellently. There was a cut throat competition among the MGM students of various schools from the different places of the country. All the students performed very well making it a tough job for the judges to judge the winners. For judgment a panel of experts from their respective field were invited to judge each event. Cultural Night was organized on 17th and 18th where students unwind their tensions and showcased their talents.
Shri M.S Varghese, Director, Sports Authority of India (SAI), New Delhi, was the chief guest for the valedictory session. He addressed the students and appreciated them for their achievements and also encouraged them to participate in such events. He urged all the Schools to give more emphasis on sports so that MGM Group can in future produce Olympic medalists. Prize distribution ceremony was also held for the winners of the various events.
Shrishti Sharma, MGM Sr. Sec. School, Sec-6 Bhilai and Prashant Murti, MGM Hr. Sec. School, Balco, Korba were adjudged as Sports Champions, among girls and boys respectively. G.C. Divya of MGM Hr. Sec. School, Korba won Individual Championship in cultural events.
MGM Hr. Sec.School Bokaro was declared as Cultural Champions with 49 points. Mar Baselios Vidhya Bhavan (MBVB ), Bhilai came second in cultural category. MGM Sr. Sec School, Sec-6 Bhilai became the Sports Champion with 112 points whereas MGM Hr. Sec. School, Bokaro were sports runner-up with 100 points. MGM Hr. Sec. School, Bokaro won the overall championship for showing brilliant performance in both cultural and sports events.
H.G. Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius Metropolitan in his Presidential address of the closing ceremony propounded his happiness for the successof the MGM Fest 2019 and congratulated one and all for their untiring efforts for organizing the event. He extended his special thanks to staff members of Christian College of Engineering and Technology , Bhilai, St Thomas College, Bhilai, MGM Public School and Mar Baselious Vidhya Bhavan, Bhilai for their contribution and pain taken for conducting the event successfully. He thanked the St Thomas College Principal Dr. Roymon, sports Officer and the referees for conducting all the sports events successfully. He asked all the students of MGM Group of schools to opt for higher Education in Bhilai as it is an education hub of Chhattisgarh and two big academic institution of MGM group Christian College of Engineering and Technology and St.Thomas College is situated in Bhilai, where students can pursue Engineering, various Degree courses and professional courses and register themselves for Ph.D and do research work. His Grace informed the students that Christian College is NBA accredited and St. Thomas college is NAAC accredited.
Welcome speech was delivered by Fr. Kurian John, Principal, MGM Public School, Shanti Nagar Bhilai and Fr. George C Varughese, EVC, CCET proposed the vote of thanks . The program ended by lowering the MGM Fest Flag followed by the National Anthem
The Chief Guest was felicitated by the Mementos as mark of respect and love by the MGM Group of Institution. Thereafter Cultural Coordinator, Sports Coordinator, Website developer were also felicitated. Student left the campus of CCET, Bhilai with great joy andhappiness with lot of sweet memories waiting to return again for MGM Fest 2020. The team led by Fr. Dr. Joshi Varghese, Diocesan Education Officer of MGM Group of Schools, Fr. George C Varughese, EVC CCET and Fr. Aju K Varghese, Bursar CCET, worked tirelessly to make the event a grant success.