By Roydon D’Souza
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Team Mangalorean, Mangalore
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Mangalore, 06 July, 2010: The Mangalore Chapter of Alliance Française de Bangalore (AFB) was launched at the Eric Mathias of St. Aloysius College (Autonomous) here on Tuesday at 4:00 pm.
Mr. Philippe Martinet, Cooperation and Cultural Counselor, Embassy of France in India was the Chief Guest. Mr. Chiranjiv Singh, Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Karnataka, Mr. Nino Ciccarone, Director of Institute, Rev. Dr. Richard Rego, HOD Media Studies, St. Aloysius College were the guests present on the dais. Fr. Swebert D’Silva, Principal – St. Aloysius College (Autonomous) presided over the function.
The Mangalore Chapter of Alliance Française de Bangalore (AFB) was inaugurated by lighting the traditional Indian lamp by the guests. This is AFB’s third chapter in Karnataka. The first is in Mysore, second in Manipal which was inaugurated yesterday. Alliance Francaise, with 22 Centres across the country, is now spreading its wings with the establishment of these Chapters. Its plans to establish its centres in Belgaum and Gulbarga by next year.
“We are impressed by the facilities provided here at St. Aloysius College (Autonomous) and this institution was the obvious choice in Mangalore” says Mr. Nico Ciccarone. “Having 4000 students in Bangalore, now after Manipal we are happy to be here in Mangalore. What makes out chapter special is that Mr. Ronald D’Souza is back home as the Centre Co-ordinator” he added.
Mr. Nico Ciccarone also said that the operations of this centre will start on 12th of July. The Mangalore Chapter of Alliance Française de Bangalore (AFB) will offer services such as French language classes, information on higher education and employment opportunities in France, translation services, and also co-ordinate future activities, concerts, exhibitions and cultural programs here in Mangalore with a French touch.
“Mangalore has the highest literacy in the state, and people of Mangalore have always lived in a globalised world. Their contribution to the world economy and culture is enormous. We thought we would give Mangalore another input to learn French” said Mr. Chiranjiv Singh, Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Karnataka. “When we had to think about the partnership in Mangalore there was no other choice than St. Aloysius College. I am sure to all who are interested in French language and culture this will be a added opportunity.” he added.
Mr. Chiranjiv Singh also said that learning a foreign language in a globalised world helps you in your future career, the Mangalore Chapter of AFB will surely contribute to the Mangalore culture. By setting up new centres in Belgaum and Gulbarga next year we will cover all four directions of Karnataka.
“One of our visions for our students is that our students must be of International relevance. One way is by encouraging our students learn new languages. This will expose them to a whole new world of opportunities and learning.” said Fr. Swebert D’Silva, Principal SAC in his presidential address.
Mr. Philippe Martinet, Chief Guest in his address said “Through CampusFrance, students will be offered substantial scholarships as well. This will generate a lot of interest among the students of Manalorean students in France as a destination for higher education. The Manipal chapter will also assist students in realizing their academic goals”
The Mangalore Chapter will also house the CampusFrance Information desk which will provide useful information about higher studies in France, home to world class education accross disciplines, where globally reputed programs are often taught in English.
In addition, the Alliance Française is a cultural network, encouraging all forms of artistic and intellectual interactions fostering ties between Karnataka, France and rest of the world.
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