Mangaluru: The management of St Aloysius College(Autonomous), recognised over 500 students for their achievement in Sports and Academics by gifting them scholarships of approximately Rs 30 Lakhs.
Three kinds of Scholarships were awarded to the students, where 116 students received Vidwath Spoorthi (Merit scholarships 2022-23) and 36 students Kreeda Spoorthi (Sports Scholarship 2022-23) at a ceremony held on Nov 9, 2022.
Vidwath Spoorthi is in recognition of the excellent performance of the First Year Degree Students; 116 students who had scored 90 per cent and above, in their 12th board / II PUC Exams, were selected.
The recipients of Kreeda Spoorthi scholarships were shortlisted based on their achievements in sports at International Level, National Level, State and University Levels.
On Nov 10, 2022, 390 deserving students received Vidya Spoorthi.
The guests for the Kreeda Spoorthi and Vidwath Spoorthi Scholarship programme were Fr Melwin Pinto SJ-Rector, St Aloysius Institutions; Guests of honour Mr Raymond Dsouza (Former Mr World/International Body Builder); Sunil Kunder (President, St Aloysius College Alumni Association (SACAA). Dr Praveen Martis SJ-Principal of St Aloysius College and Dr Alwyn D’Sa – the Registrar of the College were also on the dais
The Chief guest for the Vidya Spoorthi Scholarship programme was Dr P P Devan- Professor, ENT at A J Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Mangaluru, and the Guest of honour was Fr Vincent Pinto SJ – the Finance Officer of the College. Other dignitaries on the dais were Dr Praveen Martis SJ-the Principal of the College and Dr Alwyn D’Sa – the Registrar of the College.
Speaking on the occasion during the Kreeda Spoorthi and Vidwath Spoorthi programme, Rector Fr Melwin J Pinto SJ said, “Helping students pursue their studies is our motto. We feel real joy when our students make the best use of the opportunity provided in the institution. Unless you practice or study you won’t achieve success. Our guest of honour Raymond D’Souza is a perfect example of success, and you need to make him your role model. His hard work and determination escalated him to greater heights”
“God has blessed everyone with talents. Your perspiration has made you excel in your respective fields. You have to keep moving ahead and try hard to gain success. You may have to go the extra mile in your future to achieve more success in your lives, but never give up”, added Rector.
Addressing the audience Raymond D’Souza said, “What I am today is only because of this institution, which has encouraged me and supported me in my sports career. This is the best institution which cares for its students and makes them better leaders of the future, in the education or sports field. My sports life started after I joined St Aloysius institution. Many physical directors, especially (late) Benjamin D’Souza, in the college helped me in training for physical activities. I have graced many programmes as one of the dignitaries, but this day is special to me, to be on the stage of my Alma mater. Sports are always good, and for your achievement in sports, you will get good jobs. So, don’t quit if you are into sports, practice and practice, work hard and you will be rewarded. I too have struggled a lot to get an international award in bodybuilding”.
Sunil Kunder said, “In this world, no one gets free lunch. We need to slog, and not stop working to reach the ultimate goal. Achievers should continuously work towards their goal. Always try to enlarge your talent. You should be proud to be students of St Aloysius College, where you will come out as good leaders. Being an alumnus of this College, I have high praise for my Alma mater, for developing manners, character, discipline etc. Follow your dream and make it happen, and make a difference”.
In his address to the students, the Principal of the college said “Become innovators, Scientists, Inventors, and Researchers, or create something unique and make a difference. I also urge you all to attempt the UPSC examinations, and our college is imparting coaching for UPSC exam aspiring students. This course has better prospects and a better future”.
During the Vidya Spoorthi Scholarship programme held on Nov 10, the chief guest Dr P P Devan said, “Education should be beyond getting a job only. It should not be for livelihood but for life. It must make a sense of humanity. A well-educated person must know to differentiate between moral & immoral, human and inhuman or justice and injustice. We should acquire a sense of what is the real purpose of life.” He explained the necessity of developing an emotional quotient and networking quotient for a successful career, post our formal education.