By Roydon D’Souza, Team Mangalorean, Mangalore
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Mangalore, March 12, 2010: St. Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangalore celebrated the 130th College day on March 12, 2010 at the college grounds. The programme began at 5.45 P.M by invoking God’s blessing by the way of a prayer song by the college choir.
Dr. Hareesh Joshi, Convener in his welcome address, said that it was a matter of pride that the institution was celebrating its 130th College day with two feathers in its cap – the NAAC ‘A’ grade re-accreditation and the recognition by the UGC as a CPE (College with Potential for Excellence).
Dr. M. Shantharam Shetty, Vice Chancellor of Nitte University was the Chief Guest and Rev. Fr. Joseph I Rodrigues SJ, Rector of St. Aloysius Institutions presided over the function.
Rev. Fr. Swebet D’Silva SJ, Principal; Fr. Denzil Lobo SJ, Director of AIMIT, Beeri; Prof. A .M. Narahari, Registrar; Dr. Hareesh Joshi, Convenor; Rev. Fr. Francis D’Almeida, Campus Minister/Dean MSW; Prof. Ronald Pinto; Vice-Principal Xavier Block; Dr. A. Lourdusamy, Vice-Principal PG Block and Darryl D’souza, President of Students’ Council were also present on the dais.
A floral welcome was the given to all the dignitaries on the dais. A noteworthy point is that these flower bouquets were prepared by Jeev Daan, a centre for HIV Positive Rehabilitation.
The students welcomed the guests with a welcome song. Fr. Swebert D’Silva, Principal presented the Annual Report of the college. A video presentation of the college report 2009 -10 was also screened. Later, the college anthem was sung by the college choir.
The Chief Guest, Dr. M. Shantaram Shetty, Vice Chancellor of Nitte University, also an alumnus of the college in his address, spoke about the memories of his college days. He opined that the education system needs to change with the changing times.
He also expressed his sadness about the fact that although India claims to have done many advances in various fields, many Indians are below the poverty line and they cannot afford even a square meal a day, let alone education.
Dr. Shetty asked the student to take full advantage of the privileges they have, and help in developing a modern India which will serve as a model for all other countries. He also congratulated St. Aloysius College for their effort in trying to mould such individuals.
Rev. Fr. Joseph I Rodrigues SJ, Rector in his address said that St. Aloysius College respects the religious sentiments of every student; every student in the campus is connected uniquely with a different cultural background. So the college conducts various programmes to celebrate this diversity.
Fr. Swebert D’Silva, Principal also celebrated his birthday on this auspicious occasion. The College authorities and the Guests wished him a bright and healthy future ahead.
Later, the prize distribution ceremony was conducted. 180 students of the college who have excelled in various fields were presented with certificates by the Chief Guest. The top scorers were honoured with Gold Medals.
Mr. Darryl D’Souza., President of Students’ Council delivered the Vote of Thanks. As a token of gratitude mementos were presented to all the dignitaries. This was followed by a Cultural and Entertainment programme by the students.
Nihal Hussain, Shwetha D’Souza, Manjunath compeered the entertainment programme. To illustrate the diversity in the college, Bharatanatyam, Huttari – Dance of the Kodavas, Suggi Kunitha, Tibetan Dance, Fusion Dance to the tunes of Basuri Dhun, Shri Krishna Raasa leela etc were performed by the students.
For the first time in the history of the College, the College Day Celebrations was telecasted live on Namma Kudla and V4 Media. Namma Kudla also streamed the event live on the Internet through their news portal. The 130th College Day celebrations concluded with the rendition of the National Anthem.
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