Mangalore: AICUF to hold State Convention

By Roydon D’Souza, Team Mangalorean

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Mangalore, September 13, 2009: The delegates, animators and AICUFers from various units from all around Karnataka gathered here in the High School Hall of St. Aloysius College premises for the Mid-Council of AICUF and later followed by the meeting and the lucky dip book release as an aid to the upcoming State Convention.

The Mid-Council and the meeting were held as a part of the preparations and planning of the State Convention that will be held in Loyola Auditorium of St. Aloysius Pre- University College on 28, 29 and 30th December 2009. Around 500 to 600 delegates are expected from all over Karnataka State.

The meeting started with a small prayer followed by the welcome speech by Milton Peres, Secretary AICUF-Karnataka. Later Fr. Francis D’Almeida S.J., State Advisor, AICUF – Karnataka gave the introduction of the program and then spoke on the thrust areas of AICUF. Women, Children, Tribals and Dalits are the Thrust areas of AICUF.

Later Prof. Manoj Lewis, State Animator AICUF – Karnataka briefed the plans and expressed his opinion on the need to form various committees. Later open discussions were held on how to coordinate various groups and plan meetings once in every 15 days.

Various renowned personalities from Mangalore were present, who also happen to be Ex-AICUFers. To name a few of them who were present were Rev. Fr. Wilson D’Souza, Secretary Catholic Board of Education, Rev. Fr. Walter D’Mello, Parish Priest of Milagres Church, Rev. Fr. Stany D’Souza, Centre for Social Concern –St. Aloysius College and Prof. John Edward D’Silva, Principal of St Aloysius Pre-University College.

Sherin Priyanka – National Vice President & Joint Secretary AICUF, Alan Prajwal – State President, Roydon D’Souza – State Vice President and Milton Peres – State Secretary were also present.

Various committees were formed to facilitate the smooth preparation of the State Convention. Later the Lucky Dip Books were released by the Ex-AICUFers along with the office bearers and some guests. These lucky dips are prepared to raise the fund for the State Convention and other activities of AICUF.

Earlier in the morning as a part of the Mid-Council, two talks were organised for the AICUFers in the College IT Block. Dr. Rose Veera D’Souza, Dept of Political Science – St. Aloysius College spoke on the topic “Awareness of Societal Problems in India”.

“Communication keeps our society together; unless everybody is connected there can be no connectivity in the world” says Dr. Rose Veera. “We have to be action oriented and we have to build a greater India by Communal Harmony” she added.

Later Prof. Sureshnath, HOD- Dept of Botany spoke on the topic “Leader in the Making”. He spoke on the qualities of leaders and qualities required to be a leader. He also said that there are three kind of people; firstly Kick-Start-People, secondly Push-Start-People and finally Self-Start-People. He continued saying that we AICUFers are the third kind of people and every leader needs to be in that category.

Later all AICUFers gathered in St. Aloysius Chapel for the Eucharistic celebration followed by lunch.

AICUF (All India Catholic University Federation) is a student’s movement with a membership of 35,000 students in 300 units in 12 states and is affiliated to the International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS), Pax Romana, and has its Head Quarters in Chennai. AICUF strives for the marginalised and under privileged. The movement started in 1924, at St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli by Fr. Carty, S.J.

MANGALOREAN.COM is the proud media partner of the AICUF (All India Catholic University Federation) State Convention to be held in the last week of December.

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