New No. 2, PADMANABHA NAGAR,
ADYAR, CHENNAI – 600 020
The KIT Thomas Oration is an annual event held in April to commemorate the memory of the founder Mr. K. I. Thomas. An eminent speaker is invited to address the senior students, the faculty, parents and the public on different issues, mainly pertaining to education.
This year, the oration was held on the 5th of April. Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, founder of Isha Foundation was the Chief Guest at this annual event. Yogi, mystic and visionary, Sadhguru is a spiritual master with a difference and his name evoked a lot of excitement in Chennai. The hall was packed to capacity and the topic “Education – Expanding Horizons” was of great interest to all.
In his speech the Sadhguru spoke about how competition is the driving force behind education today, rather than being a means to enlarge the horizons of human perception. Knowledge is not a problem but being identified with something is hugely limiting. He added that an adult needs to be as flexible as a child is.
This year, the oration was held on the 10th of August. Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Deputy Director General (Programmes), World Health Organisation, was the Chief Guest for the occasion.
Mr. S. Gurumurthy, political commentator and economist was the Chief Guest for the occasion. The hall was packed to capacity and the topic 'Economic Model Suited to India' was of great interest to all.
The oration was held on the 17th of June 2015. Mr. Yogendra Yadav, sociologist and popular psephologist, was the Chief Guest on this occasion. The topic of his speech ‘Rethinking Revolution’ was of great interest to all.
Mr. Vijay Amritraj, legendary tennis player turned commentator, was the Chief Guest at this oration held on the 25th of July. The topic ‘Does Education get in the way of a Professional Sportsman’ was of great interest...
This year Mrs. Brinda Somaya, Architect and Urban Conservationist, was the Chief Guest at the KIT Thomas Oration. The topic ‘Weaving Architecture - Conserving the Old, Building the New’ was of great interest to all.