Mangaluru: A grand formal felicitation programme for the Rankholders of St Aloysius College (Autonomous) who graduated in the year 2019 -20 was held on Monday, 21 December 2020 in L F Rasquinha Hall, LCRI Block of the College.
73 students of UG and PG programmes who secured ranks are felicitated by the Chief Guest, Dr Rio D’Souza, Principal, St Joseph’s Engineering College, Vamanjur, Mangalore. Rev Fr. Melvin Joseph Pinto, Rector of St Aloysius Institutions presided over the function. Principal, Rev Dr Praveen Martis SJ, Dr Alwyn D’Sa, Registrar-in Charge, Finance Officer Rev Fr. Vincent Pinto SJ, Directors of various blocks and Convenors, Premalatha Shetty & Sonal Steevan Lobo were present on the dais.
While addressing the gathering chief guest Dr Rio D’Souza congratulated the rank holders and advised the young generation to create a better future by caring for the environment. He stated that the students must utilize the tools to think and act logically, given by the institution along with the academic lessons.
He conveyed his take on what is artificial – “since humans are an outcome of nature, all their developments should be classified as natural”. Yet the power of reasoning should enable us to take wise decisions for the environment.
He advocated to live a life of enlightened living and detach from material things and suggested the graduates look for a balanced life. He concluded by saying that one must understand the meaning of life before searching for life across the universe and find happiness within before finding happiness elsewhere.
Rev Fr. Melwin J Pinto SJ, in his presidential remarks, stated that “The education received from this institution has given a pathway to your lives but the real education is gained when you face the challenges in life. What one has received from here in the form of knowledge and skills must be applied in your lives. There is no alternative to hard work. The more you keep doing what you are supposed to do, the happiness and success will follow. One must do something for society by embracing the whole of humanity by feeling for one another. One must consider the whole of the planet for contributing something, only then fulfilment is found”.
Principal, Rev Dr Praveen Martis S J, in his initial remarks elucidated “Students are the ambassadors of the College and you – the rank holders are the masterpieces”. He motivated the graduates to achieve their goals by choosing the less chosen paths in their future life.
Dr Alwyn D’ Sa, Registrar-in charge read out the rank holders list during the felicitation ceremony. Dr Norbert Lobo, Director of Administrative block welcomed the gathering. Sonal Steevan Lobo, Co-convener introduced the chief guest. Dr Vidya Vinuta D’Souza compered the programme. Premalatha Shetty, Convener of the programme proposed the vote of thanks.
Members of the Academic Council, Staff of the College and parents of the rank holders were present during the programme. Rank holders with the inconvenience to join the function physically were accommodated through Zoom Online portal and event was streamed live on YouTube for the public.