By Roydon D’Souza, Team Mangalorean, Mangalore
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Mangalore, March 19, 2010: The students of St. Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangalore celebrated the Degree Day and Traditional Day with a great enthusiasm and gusto on March 12, 2010 at the college grounds.
The programme began at 1:15 P.M with invoking of God’s blessing with a prayer song by the college choir. Melrick Crasta, Deputy Speaker of the Students’ Council welcomed the gathering.
Rev. Fr. Francis D’Almeida, Vice- Principal presided over the inaugural function. Dr. Richard Gonsalves, Staff Coordinator of Students’ Council; Prof. Ronald Pinto, Vice-Principal – Science Block; Prof. Lourdswamy, Vice-Principal – PG Block were the dignitaries present on the dais.
Darryl D’Souza, President of Students’ Council; Jeeth Lobo, Secretary of Students’ Council and Daphny D’Souza; Joint Secretary of Students’ Council were present. A floral welcome was given to all the dignitaries present on the dais. Ms. Keerthana Gadiyar, Speaker – Students’ Council presented the Annual Students’ Council Report for the academic year 2009 – 2010.
A fond farewell
As the college bade adieu to the outgoing final year students, Lestor, II Commerce Student on behalf of the student fraternity delivered the farewell message.
Addressing the gathering, Fr. Francis D’Almeida said that the most important quality that we have to learn as we leave the portals of this great institution is ‘to give’ – Give not only to yourself but also to your Alma Mater, society and the World; create a new identity for you in society as an Aloysian he added.
Fr. D’Almeida concluded by congratulating the students and emphasized to uphold the ethos of the St. Aloysius College and serve the mankind in a better way.
It is a matter of pride that St. Aloysius College has earned 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).
With the continued efforts of the staff and management the College tries to bring out the best from the students. It is really satisfying to know that the students not only grow academically but also spiritually and mentally. On a whole students excel in extracurricular activities by participating in various social activities throughout the academic year. Under the Autonomous Code EC/CC, marks are credited to the students as per the guidelines provided by the management.
The Student Council Members, students with academical excellence, students with 100 % attendance and the winners of various extra-curricular activities were also awarded with Merit and Perseverance Certificates on this occasion.
Farewell and Felicitation to the Retiring Staff Members
Two of the dedicated teaching staff members, Prof. Joshi, Dept. of Zoology and Prof. S . Krishnamurthy, Dept. of Sanskrit were felicitated on this occasion.
Ms. Staffney D’Souza, I B.Sc. Student and Ms. Priyanka, I Biotech Student delivered a farewell message to Prof. Joshi and Prof. Krishnamurthy respectively. Fr. Francis D’Almeida felicitated Prof. Joshi and Prof. Krishnamurthy with shawl, memento and flowers.
In his thanks giving message, Prof. Joshi said that even though Academic Excellence is our primary goal, spiritual guidance is very important. A blend of social and spiritual values builds up an individual.
Prof. Krishnamurthy, in his thanks giving message recalled his life at St. Aloysius as a lecturer. He said that this great 130 year old institution has been declared as a ‘Centre for Potential for Excellence’ which means that each one of us has a potential and we have to make full use of it.
“Take charge of your attitude and you can take charge of your life. The right attitude takes you to greater heights” he added. Ms. Daphny, Joint Secretary of the Students’ Council delivered the vote of thanks. Ms. Cathy compeered the program.
The word tradition comes from the Latin word traditionem, which means “handing over, passing on”, and is used in a number of ways in the English language.
Tradition may be the beliefs or customs taught by one generation to the next or a set of customs or practices, often orally. Tradition may also mean a broad religious movement made up of religious denominations that have a common history, customs, culture, and, to some extent, body of teachings.
St. Aloysius College has educated students irrespective of caste, creed, religion and sex; it houses students from the various parts of the world. Traditional day is an opportunity to witness the diverse traditions followed by our friends – usually outward appearance.
Many students coming from different regions of our country took active part in this event. Finally Chengappa who exemplified the Kodava (Coorg) culture and Ms. Linda who showcased the culture of Kerala were declared the Tradition King and Queen of St. Aloysius College. Fr. Francis D’Almeida honoured the winners.
This was followed by cultural and entertainment programmes. Students performed on a blend of western and eastern numbers. The event was attended by a large audience of more than 3000 students. The foot-tapping traditional Non- Stop Baila brought the entire crowd to the dance floor in the evening.
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