Mangaluru, August 21, 2016: Catholic Association of South Kanara (CASK), on Aug 20, Saturday held a programme at St Agnes college, as a prelude to the end of a term for the office bearers (before elections next month) and to take stock of their current achievements which are formidable. The highlights were, Distribution of Scholarships to deserving students without reference to caste or creed; 57 students from 19 institutions were the beneficiaries.
The second item was the symbolic handing over of a ’Ocular Microscope’ to study and prepare donated eye corneas for the eye bank at Muller’s Medical Institution Mangalore. The cost of the equipment was said to be over 16 lakhs. The director of the hospital Rev Patrick Rodrigues, received the honour and spoke on the role of the Hospital and it’s development, he greatly appreciated the contributions of CASK and groups who support the good efforts of the Specialty hospital in the city.
Then one of the prominent Chief guests present MLC Ivan D’Souza, was felicitated for being appointed to the vital Govt. ’Chief Whip’ of the legislative council of Karnataka. He was traditionally garlanded, presented a shawl, fruits and ’peta’. He expressed his tremendous admiration over the years for the CASK and it’s tasks and achievements.
he exhorted the community to get familiar with the minority schemes from the Govt and take full advantage as other communities do. he said the community is very forward and active individually but better collective net working is desirable. he offered his best support to those who need it and explained his role from early times in his service to the community and public.
The focus of the evening was am enlightening and interesting talk by Prof. Dr Valerian Rodrigues, national Fellow, Indian Council for social Sciences and Research & former Professor JNU Delhi.
Present were several luminaries of the community from far and wide, office bearers, members and guests; representatives of educational institutions and students lent grace to the function. CASK President Capt. John Prasad, former president Dr. Derek Lobo and others spoke. It was a well organised, attended and appreciated programme from all stand points.