AICUF Day celebrated at St Aloysius

By Roydon D’ Souza, Team Mangalorean, Mangalore

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Mangalore, March 14, 2010: The AICUF Unit of St. Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangalore along with the other units of Mangalore and Udupi regions celebrated the AICUF Day here in the College Auditorium on 14th March 2010.

The programme began at 1:00 P.M., Rev. Fr. Walter Andrade SJ, Administrator / Finance Officer of St. Aloysius College (Autonomous) was the Chief Guest and Rev. Fr. Francis D’Almeida SJ, State Advisor of AICUF Karnataka State / Vice Principal of St. Aloysius College (Autonomous) presided over the function.

Prof. Manoj Lewis, Animator of AICUF Karnataka State; Animators of AICUF SAC Unit – Mr. Prashanth Alison and Mrs. Ashwitha D’Souza; Mr. Milton Peres, Secretary AICUF SAC Unit and other office bearers of AICUF units of various colleges were present.

Welcoming the gathering and the guests, Rev. Fr. Francis D’Almeida SJ, State Advisor spoke about various upcoming events of AICUF. He also presented the plan of action for the upcoming National Convention that will be held in Loyola College, Chennai (AICUF Head Quarters) from 3rd to 6th June 2010.

According to the AICUF constitution only the president and secretary of each AICUF Unit can attend the National Convention. Amendments to the AICUF constitution and important future decisions of AICUF India will be taken during this convention.

Fr. Francis also emphasized that awareness about the present problems faced by the society and the marginalized should be brought among the student community. AICUF is an Action Group and it is fully driven by the students / youth. AICUF has been instrumental in bringing about a change in the society due to its various social outreach programmes.

Later, Mr. Milton Peres, Secretary of AICUF SAC Unit presented the Annual Report of AICUF Mangalore Region during the academic year 2009 -10.

Addressing the gathering Prof. Manoj Lewis, State Animator said that relevance of education to the children can only be understood by the parents if they are educated. People in rural areas want to study but they are not encouraged or they don’t have the facility to do so. He said being AICUFers we need to think differently and every AICUFer should be a pillar of confidence.

AICUF follows ‘ADA Principle’ A – Awareness, D – Decision, A – Action. A true AICUFer is aware of everything that is going on in his campus and the society; he/she takes proper decisions and voices his opinion and takes a stand during any tension in the society; he/she makes use of every opportunity available.

Prof. Manoj concluded by conferring his message “We need to do our best, and God will do the rest”. The Annual Reports of various AICUF units were presented by the office bearers.  Later, Rev. Fr. Walter Andrade SJ distributed the prizes to the students for the theme based cultural programme performed earlier.

Addressing the gathering Rev. Fr. Walter Andrade SJ, Chief Guest recalled his days back as a student of the Loyola College where he had an opportunity to attend the AICUF National Convention of 1965 in Chennai (formerly known as Madras).

He suggested working on the themes like empowerment (following the recent amendment of Women’s Reservation Bill) and the weaker sections of the society. He also suggested to survey and record statistics of the income level and educational information of the Catholics families at the Diocesan Level, starting their own parish. He concluded by congratulating the AICUFers for the wonderful work throughout the academic year. Mr. Prashanth Alison delivered the vote of thanks.

Earlier in the morning a thanks giving Eucharistic Mass was celebrated by the AICUFers in the College Chapel at 9:15 A.M. Rev. Fr. Stany Goveas SJ was the main celebrant of the Eucharistic celebration along with Rev. Fr. Francis D’Almeida SJ as the co-celebrant.

Later, the students performed various theme based cultural programmes. Around 90 AICUFers from various colleges of Mangalore and Udupi participated in the AICUF Day celebrations.

About AICUF:

The All India Catholic University Federation, the Karnataka State consists of the AICUF units of various Catholic Colleges/ Parishes in Karnataka. This academic year, the Karnataka AICUF has organized several awareness programmes like Leadership Camps, Rural Exposure Visits, and Seminars and has worked for many social causes.

AICUF (All India Catholic University Federation) is a student’s movement in its 85th year of existence (1924-2010) 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 marginalized and under privileged. The movement started in 1924, at St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli by Fr. Carty, S.J.

St. Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangalore is the Head Quarters of AICUF Karnataka and Rev. Fr. Francis D’Almeida is the State Advisor.

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