6 Mar. It was a wonderful day. Well begun and well done!
The College Day celebration began at 5.15pm with tea for guests and the formal programme at 5.45 pm (just 5 minutes’ delay!). And everything fell in place.
Padmashree Dr B. R. Shetty (Abu Dhabi) was the chief guest. Rev Dr Leo D’Souza SJ (Acting Rector) the president of the function, Dr Ivan Pinto the coordinator. Before the dignitaries could occupie the dais, there was electrifying display of song and dance by the students of the College – Kannada and Tulu.
The Principal’s Report (video) was definitely good – for all the hard work put in by our journalism students (of II B.A.) – projected simultaneously on three screens. One of the pithiest and briefes – just around 35 minutes – the report was one of the shortest I have witnessed.
Dr Shetty spoke of his admiration for the St Aloysius College institution – its alumni and the brand value. The philanthropist paid rich tributes to this massive institution and said he always envied those who studied here!
Rev Dr Leo D’Souza SJ, in his presidential remarks was erudite and profound – speaking on the quality of higher education in India, business interest in it and credibility. He made an impassioned plea to our old “boys” to stand by us in the time of crisis. He was referring to the recent attacks on Christians and human rights violations. Rev Dr D’Souza said, if St Aloysius College wanted to convert any, in the last 129 years there could have been so many converts. But not a single conversion has been does – either asked or forced. SAC has served the local community irrespective of caste and creed or any conditions.
After the prizes, a short and crisp variety entertainment programme of folk
and modern performances followed. The programme closed well ahead of the scheduled time – 9.35 pm in stead of 9.45 pm!
Kudos to one and all.