In loving and grateful memory of the contributions made by Dr Olinda Pereira (15-08-1925 to 31-05-2020), the Founder Principal of School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya, towards Professional Social Work, a Trust, namely, ‘CENTRE FOR LEADERSHIP AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT’ TRUST IN THE MEMORY OF DR. OLINDA PEREIRA, THE FOUNDER PRINCIPAL, SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, ROSHNI NILAYA, MANGALURU’ has been formed and registered on 06-11-2020, the Diamond Jubilee Year of the establishment of School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya. The Founding Trustees are the former students of Dr Olinda Pereira – S. N. Gopinath, Bhima Rao and Ravichandra Bekal who after the demise of Dr Olinda Pereira on 31-05-2020 sent a proposal dated 10.6.2020 to the Management of Roshni Nilaya to form a Trust in memory of Dr Olinda Pereira. From then the three founding trustees have worked diligently towards forming the Trust by obtaining Registration and other financial documents.
The Provincial, Daughters of the Heart of Mary, India Province South, The President, The Institute of Social Service, Roshni Nilaya, The Principal, School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya as well as the President, Roshni Alumni Association, Mangaluru and the President, Roshni Alumni Association, Bangalore Chapter are the Trustees.
Some of the objectives of the Trust are to foster the initiatives which bring forth and keep alive the ideals practised and cherished by Dr Olinda Pereira – “Love is made fruitful in service”, to encourage and develop value-based Leadership, to encourage and undertake action-oriented Social Research and Publications as well as Social Development programs and activities that Dr Olinda Pereira believed in, such as Gender Diversity and Empowerment, helping the needy and deserving, being the voice of the voiceless, care of the Elderly and other areas she had focused.
Some of the Action-Oriented Programmes envisaged are: Scout Talent among Social Work students (Medical & Psychiatric Social Work, Community Development, Juvenile Delinquency, Correctional Administration, Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management), NGOs, Young Professionals, and faculty, Promote Value-Based Leadership in the above-mentioned settings, Promote research and publications.
In this context, the Inaugural Ceremony of the newly established Trust will be held on Tuesday, 2nd February 2021 at 10.00 am at Maria Paiva Hall, School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya keeping to the COVID 19 protocol prevailing at that point of time. Isaac Vas, President, Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mangaluru will inaugurate the Trust joined by the founder Trustees and Dr Rita Noronha, Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya, Mangaluru, faculty, alumni and student representatives.
Principal, School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya, Mangaluru
Trustees ‘Centre for Leadership and Social Development Trust’