Kochi, Apr 12: Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan today inaugurated the 'Maharajakeeya Sangamam', a meeting of the old students of the 150-year-old Maharaja's College here, making it a journey down memory lane for some of India's stalwarts.
Besides Justice Balakrishnan, Union Defence Minister A K Antony, State Ministers Thomas Issac and Benoy Viswom, Parliamentarian Sebastian Paul, Consul General of India in Dubai Venu Rajamony and renowned writer Dr M Leelavati, among others, were present at the function.
Justice Balakrishnan, who did his degree in Zoology from the college during 1962-65, said '' the values of life learnt at the institution were the guiding light for me throughout my career.'' Defence Minister A K Antony also relived his activties as a KSU leader at the college in the late 50s.
Mr Antony also recalled the secular face of the college, which offered a congenial atmosphere for students from different sections of the society.
Asserting that the college was one of the best in the country, he said '' the wisdom imparted at the college shaped my character and gave the confidence to face the rigours of life.'' Addressing the meeting, attended by more than 5,000 ex-students, Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac said the institution gave students the freedom to pursue their dreams and aspirations.