By Roydon D’Souza, Team Mangalorean, Mangalore
With Inputs from: Fr. Denzil Lobo, Director AIMIT
Mangalore, January 03, 2010: The Management of St. Aloysius College in association with Aloysian Partners International (API) and Aloysian Partners from North America (APNA) organized Aloysian Conclave ’10 and the Eminent Aloysian Alumni Awards Function today at 10:30 A.M. at AIMIT Hall, Beeri, Ullal of St. Aloysius College.
The program started with invoking God’s blessings through a prayer song lead by the students of AIMIT, St Aloysius College. Mr. Joe Gonsalves, Chairman – Organizing Committee welcomed and introduced the guests to the gathering.
The Aloysian Conclave ’10 was inaugurated by the guests and awardees Lt. Gen Nanda, Shri Amruth Someshwar, Dr Stan D’Souza, Mr. Lawrence D’Souza, Capt J P Menezes; Fr. Denzil Lobo, Director AIMIT, Fr. Joseph I. Rodrigues, Rector and Mr. Joe Gonsalves, Chairman – Organizing Committee by lighting the traditional lamp.
Conferring of the Eminent Aloysian Alumni Awards
Five of the eminent Aloysian alumni from different walks of life who received the Eminent Aloysian Alumni Award were Lt. Gen Nanda, Coorg, an Octogenarian Army General; Shri Amruth Someshwar, literary figure from Mangalore; Dr Stan D’Souza, eminent scientist form BARC, Mumbai; Mr. Lawrence D’Souza, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Kuwait and Capt J P Menezes, former President, Kanara Chamber of Commerce.
Lt. Gen. Nanda was introduced by Mr. Santhosh Kumar Kadri; Shri Amruth Someshwar was introduced by N G Mohan; Mr. Lawrence D’Souza was introduced by Mr. Alan Colaco; Mr. Stan D’Souza was introduced by Mr. Austin D’Souza; Capt. John Prasad Menezes was introduced by Mr. Winston D’Souza. The awardees were honoured by presenting Shall, Peta, Garland, Memento and Fruits.
The Annual Aloysian Lecture
The Keynote Address was delivered by Shri Amruth Someshwar on the topic Mangalorean Cultural Heritage. He recalled his Ex-Principal, Fr. Jakes who not only used to encourage the students but also had complete faith in them, that they will become the great men of tomorrow and achieve top positions in India and make the country and the institution proud.
Speaking about the culture of the Tulunadu’ he said that from times immemorial Mangaloreans have always accepted and welcomed people irrespective of caste, creed, color and religion. He said that humanity defines every culture and the people of Tulunadu are humanitarian, they mutually co-existed with everyone accepting different cultures and thus creating a unique blend that is now the trademark of Mangalore.
He said equilibrium or a balance should exist in everything; a slight imbalance may invite trouble be it Nationalism, Regionalism or Communalism; whenever the limits are crossed it becomes a trouble; we have to learn to balance them equally.
Science and Technology easy our daily work; a perfect blend of science, tech and culture will lead us into development and create a new era of innovation and development.
He concluded by saying that Mangaloreans should be like people building bridges and linking different cultures; and not like people who build walls around them and confine in the closed space disconnecting them from the rest of the world.
Addressing the gathering Rev. Fr. Joseph Ignatius Rodrigues, Rector congratulated the awardees for their achievements if various fields of life. He also presented the activities and progress of the various institutions of St. Aloysius College. Later, he concluded by singing He comes… He comes every time depicting the spirit of X’Mas so that the new born Infant Jesus may bless each and everyone of us; and he thus concluded by wishing everyone a prosperous New Year 2010.
The vote of thanks was delivered by Mr. Edmund Frank. The entire programme was compeered by Mr. Neil D’Souza.
About Aloysian Conclaves
The CONCLAVE has been held for the last two years, and some of the distinguished alumni like Justice Santhosh Hegde, Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, Mr. Vinaya Hegde, Mr. Ananth Krishna, Mr. Aubrey D’Souza, Philanthropist and the person who initiated St Aloysius College into the computer revolution back in 1986, Mr. Victor Pais, USA, Mr. Ivan Fernandez, CEO, DUCONT, Mr. K V Rao, Scientist, Sweden, Mr. Rajesh Rao, CEO, Druva Interactives, Mr. Eric Ozario, Mangalore are some of the recipients of the award during the last conclaves.
The programme was held in the new air-conditioned, spacious auditorium of the newly built campus at Beeri, Kotekar. This new campus has excellent infra-structure, and recently has been adorned with beautiful paintings donated by another alumnus, Mr Max Rasquinha, Houston. This occasion also lent an opportunity to the alumni and friends of the Institution to visit this world renowned site for Management and IT studies, which is earmarked to be one of the best Business and IT Schools in India-XLRI of the south.
About Aloysian Conclave 2010 Eminent Aloysian Awardees
Dr STANISLAUS FRANCIS D’SOUZA
The Eminent Aloysian Alumni Award 2010 is accorded to Dr Stanisalaus Francis D’souza, Associate Director – Biomedical Group and Head Nuclear Agriculture and Biotechnology Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre(BARC), Mumbai, in recognition of :
His outstanding academic and research contributions and accomplishments spanning 38 years, related to Nuclear Agriculture, Enzyme and Microbial Biotechnology, Crop Improvement, Food Technology and allied fields;
His excellence, dedication and commitment to teaching, guiding and mentoring at post-graduate and doctoral levels in areas of his speciality, at various Universities and Indian Institutes of Technology;
His initiative and leadership as Group Leader of the Oilseeds and Pulse Improvement and the Food Irradiation Programmes of BARC which is credited with release and notification of 15 new crop varieties in oilseeds and pulses, which has substantially benefited farmers in India. This outstanding work has received due recognition through the conferment of the Group Achievement Award 2007, under DAE Excellence in Science, Engineering and Technology Awards;
His 276 research related publications and 192 Invited lectures that have motivated and stimulated a large number of scientists, academics, teaching faculties and students from many Universities and Institutes of Science and Technology in India and abroad;
The noteworthy fact that that he has to his credit two patents and Sixty Gene Bank submissions.
CAPTAIN JOHN PRASAD MENEZES
The Eminent Aloysian Alumni Award 2010 is accorded to Captain John Prasad Menezes, in recognition of :
His professional excellence and contributions in marine engineering and allied fields such as cargo and survey of ships, that has been internationally recognized through his election to the 60-member Executive Council of the Nautical Institute, London and more recently to the prestigious 8-Member Committee of the Nautical Institute under the United Nations International Maritime Organization-London, the only Indian to be so elected;
His noteworthy contributions to the promotion of industrial growth in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts as an active member and immediate past President of the South Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry and as Chief Executive Officer of Ericson and Richards, Karnataka;
His guidance and contributions to The Company of Master Mariners in India the National Body of Master Mariners as Deputy Master;
His efficient and unbiased handling and just settlement of various types of Maritime related claims, surveys and Flag State inspections on the west coast of India;
His commendable services as a Member of the Governing Bodies of many reputed institutions in Mangalore;
His consistent support for various social service organizations and philanthropic causes;
Lt. GENERAL B.C.NANDA (RETIRED)
The Eminent Aloysian Alumni Award 2010 is accorded to General Biddanda Chengappa Nanda, Retired General of the Indian Army, in recognition of :
His commendable contributions and achievements in the service of the Indian Army in various ranks culminating as General Officer Commanding-in-chief of India’s Northern Army;
His outstanding professional achievements that have been recognized by the Indian Army and the Government through conferment of Ati Vishishta Sewa Medal(AVSM) in 1982, Parama Vishishta Sewa Medal(PVSM) in 1987 and the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award;
His sterling example, guidance and mentoring and commendable integrity which has motivated and inspired a large number of cadets and Army Officers in India;
His tireless efforts and campaign for environmental protection and wild life preservation upon his retirement;
His notable contributions as Founder Chairman of the Coorg Adventure Institute.
Mr Lawrence D’souza
The Eminent Aloysian Alumni Award 2010 is accorded to Mr LAWRENCE D’SOUZA, Entrepreneur, Kuwait, in recognition of :
His vision, hard work, and spirit of enterprise initiated in Kuwait in the Restaurant Business under the brand name of CAESARS’ and then expanded to other countries like Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and USA.
His bold and successful foray into Trading and Packaging Industry through Caesar’s Carton & Packaging Factory, Ajwan Trading Enterprises and Al Afrah Company registered and operated in Kuwait.
His providing employment to over 1,250 people mostly from the Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts and thereby uplifting their families back home in these two districts;
His generosity in supporting a large number of poor students through scholarships;
It is not only the Konkan and Karnataka that doff their hats to this doyen of Tulu culture, but the entire country is proud of this remarkable gift of a man to its literary scenario.
Amrith Someshwar, born in 1935, is singularly gifted to be intimately familiar with the multifaceted cultural dimensions of Tulunaad and its people, and he has translated this insight into numerous writings. He is also a man equally knowledgeable of Kannada culture and is an authority on the language. Karnataka and it people have benefited from the numerous literary works emanating from this scholar.
He has written over 80 works in Tulu and Kannada — from short stories, poetry, plays and plays; His contribution to Research and Translations of the languages, Independent Proverbs and Dictionaries, has been remarkable. Some of his notable works in these spheres are Tulu Nataka Samputa’, Tulu Baduku’, Kargali’, Hradaya Vachanagalu’, and Teerada Tere’
He has a passion for folklore, and this is reflected in his works Tulu Jnanapada’ and Kalevala’ which is a translation of Finnish Folk poetry. He is also a creative source for the Yakshagana dance form and presentation.
His works have drawn recognition in the form of awards from the Karnatak Sahitya Academy, the Karnataka Janapada Vidya Ilakhe, the Karnataka Janapada Mattu Yakshagana Academy and Aryabhata.
The medium of Radio too has benefited from his literary skills. He has penned over 60 radio Rupakas in Tulu, and he has scripted over 60 Dhwanisurulis in Kannada and Tulu.
Amrith Someshwar has presided over prestigious literary gatherings in India and abroad. These include the Akhila Bharatha Tulu Sahitya Sammelana, theYakshagana Sammelana in Mumbai, and the Akhila Karnataka Janapada Sammelana. The Bahrain Kannada Sangha, the Dubai Tulu Koota and several other organizations and recognized his contribution to Kannada and Tulu culture and have honoured him for it.
Other honours conferred on him include the prestigioius Karnataka Rajyotsava Award, the Janapada Tajna Prashasti, the Akashavani Prashasti, the Sandesha Pratishatana Award, the Tulu Academy Award, the District Republic Day Award, the Karnataka Shree Prashasti, and the Alva’s Nudisiri Prashasti.
The Mangalore University conferred upon Amrith Someshwas an Honorary Doctorate in 2008.
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