At St. Thomas College, President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the centenary celebrations. He addressed the students with his views regarding the real value of education. Emphasizing on the motto- “Veritas vos Liberabit” or “Truth will set you Free”- he said, “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.”
Wording his beliefs, he added, “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. 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.”
Reminiscing the time when Mahatma Gandhi visited the college in 1927 and students collected five hundred and one rupees to support the freedom struggle, he said “This may seem a small sum today but it was a princely amount in 1927.”
The President congratulated the Church for its role in founding and administering the college.
Former Chief Ministers E.M.S. Namboodiripad, C. Achutha Menon, and veteran Congress leader C.M. Stephen are some of the influential alumni of St. Thomas College.