By Roydon D’Souza
Team Mangalorean, Mangalore

Mangalore, December 22, 2009: In preparation for the National Convention to celebrate 85 years of AICUF in June 2010 at Chennai, AICUF Karnataka is organizing a State Convention with the theme “Redefining the future: The Role of Youth Today” at Loyola Auditorium, St. Aloysius Pre-University College, Mangalore on 28th, 29th and 30th December 2009. There will be 500 Delegates from Karnataka and other parts of India. The delegates include present AICUF members, Ex AICUFers, past and present Animators, Advisors and well wishers.

The National Convention will be held in Loyola College, Chennai wherein the Karnataka AICUF will be represented by 300 participants.

The Inaugural Eucharistic Celebration will be celebrated by His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Bernard Moras, Archbishop of Bangalore and concelebrated by His Excellency, Most Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Bishop of Mangalore at 9.30 A.M. on 28th December 2009.

Dr. Syed Akheel Ahmed, Ph.D., Vice Chancelloe, Yenapoya University and Justice Michael Saldanha, President CASK will be the Chief Guests of the Inaugural Program on 28th December 2009. at 11:00 A.M. The Guests of Honour will be Very Rev. Sr. Jyothi BS, Superior General – Bethany Sisters, Rev. Sr. Olivia AC, Provincial Superior – Apostolic Carmel, Fr. Joseph Rodrigues S.J., Rector – St. Aloysius College Institutions, Fr. Swebert D’Silva, Principal – St Aloysius College (Autonomous), Fr. Wilson D’Souza, Secretary – Catholic Board of Education.

The Key Note address on “Redefining the Future: The Role of Youth Today” will be delivered by Ms. Ruth Manorama, Right Livelihood Awardee (Alternate Nobel Prize) on 28th December 2009 at 2:00 P.M.

Various sessions on topics like “Youth Today”, “Youth & Education: Context of Globalization”, “Youth & Health: 21st Century”, “Entrepreneurship, Employment & Youth in a Globalised World”, “Globalization & Ecology: Climate Change”, “Gender Issues”, “Youth & Politics”, “Communalism”, “The Marginalized of Karnataka” will be taken up by various eminent former AICUFers.

Various Cultural programs by the delegates and outsiders will also be conducted. The amendment of the AICUF constitution will be followed after the thorough study sessions of the constitution by the delegates.

The Closing Ceremony will take place on 30th December 2009 at 4.00 P.M.; it will be presided over by His Excellency Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Bishop of Mangalore.

Mr. Oscar Fernandes, MP & General Secretary – INC will be the Chief Guest of the Closing Ceremony along with the Guests of Honour, Dr. Fr. Joseph Xavier SJ, President – XBHE in India and Rev. Fr. Joseph Rodrigues, Rector – St. Aloysius College Institutions.

The Closing Ceremony will also be attended by many eminent personalities like Dr. Thimmappa Hegde, Neurosurgeon – Narayana Hrudayala, Dr. Devi Shetty, Chairman – Narayana Hrudayala, Mr. Lukose Vellathari, IAS, Ms Ruth Manorama, Ms Geeta Menon, Shri Jagruthi Samhiti – Bangalore, Prof. Babu Mathew, Law University – Bangalore, Mr. Paschal, Entrepreneur Mr. Jacob Crasta, Chairman – Ryan International School.

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 marginalised and under privileged. The movement started in 1924, at St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli by Fr. Carty, S.J. is the proud Media Partner of the AICUF State Convention ‘09

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