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The management and staff of AIMIT came together on December 23 to celebrate the season of Christmas. In his Christmas message, Dr Dhananjaya K, Associate Professor, Department of MBA said that this year of the pandemic had prompted everyone to pause and ask the question, are we leading a purposeful life? He said that we try to get happiness from pleasure, passion or purpose. But true happiness is gained from having a purpose-driven life. “Purpose gives maximum happiness compared to pleasure and passion and this has been proved in many research studies that have been conducted. When you look back, only the things that you have done for others appear more meaningful and satisfactory,” he added. He also inspired the gathering with the quote by John Bunyan, “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”

Fr Pradeep Sequeira SJ, the chief guest of the day, in his message highlighted two areas uncommon to Christmas, namely option for the poor and sharing. He said that we must always think ‘what can I do for others that will make a difference for them.’ He also said that God always gives and He gives good things to His people, and He gave us His only son Jesus. Similarly, we must imitate this act/action and always give to others. “True happiness lies in giving not only material gifts but also non-material gifts that are far more precious, namely, friendship, love, patience, time and company,” he said.

The audience was treated to a host of dances, carols, songs by the members of the teaching and non-teaching staff. A video of Christmas at AIMIT prepared by Mohandas, admin staff, was also played.

Dr Fr Melwyn Pinto SJ, Director, AIMIT congratulated the coordinators of the Christmas programme Dr Swapna Rose, Mrs Annapoorna Shetty and Mrs Harinakshi and the staff for putting in their heart and mind to bring out a successful Christmas programme. C. G. Thomas and Vinay Krishna compered the programme. Christmas gifts were distributed to all members of AIMIT family.