THE SILVER jubilee celebration of Satprakshan Sanchar Kendra founded by the congregation of Divine Word Missionaries (Soceitas Verbi Divini, SVD) was held at Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalya (DAVV) auditorium, Khandwa Road, on Sunday.
Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma, who was the chief guest in the absence of Governor Dr Balram Jakhar, commended the Kendra’s contributions over a span of 25 years.
DAVV Vice-Chancellor Dr Rajkamal was the guest of honour. In his address, he said the silver jubilee function was being held on one of the most sacred days. The social, charitable and religious work performed here has been unequalled, he added.
Incidentally, the Kendra had been established a decade before the Audio Visual Research Centre (AVRC) was set up in 1991 by UGC on University campus.
It is now functioning as the Education and Multi-Media Research Centre (EMRC) with active collaboration with the Kendra. SVD arrived in India in 1932 and the Kendra was set up as a centre for promotion of truth in 1981.
It moved to its present premises at Bhanwarkuan Square in 1986. Upwards of 200 book titles have been published, more than 50 audio cassettes released from the audio studio, 19 programmes are broadcast on short wave and 31 on meter wave by Radio Veritas Asia (Satswar) and 175 documentary films have been made by the video department.
The Kendra also runs a book centre, studio services, media education and training programme and other facilities. A dance programme — Colour of Life — Urdu poem recitation by Sadhia Afroz, songs by Akansha J & Dileep Bose and folk dances & plays formed the cultural presentation.
Kendra founder Fr Clarence, Archbishop Cardinal Toppo, Bishop Chacko of Jhabua diocese and Bishop George Anathil of Indore diocese were present on the occasion.