Mangaluru, July 12, 2015 : The golden jubilee celebrations (1966-2016) of SAEC - St Aloysius Evening College, was launched at St Aloysius High School hall of the campus on July 11.
Prof K Byrappa, vice-chancellor of Mangalore University was the chief guest, J R Lobo, MLA, Mangaluru South constituency and Fr Denzil Lobo, rector, St Aloysius College Institutions were the special guests while Dr Stanislaus D’Souza, provincial, Karnataka Jesuit Province presided over the function.
Addressing the gathering, the VC Prof Byrappa said that Mangalore University has a lot of respect and admiration towards great institutions like St Aloysius. In times past people like the Maharaja of Mysuru had great concern for social justice, development and higher education but still Mysuru city lacked an institution for higher education, as compared to Dakshina Kannada. The love and affection of this district for higher education has in fact increased, Mangaluru city is known as the city of education and a hub for higher education. In the past, people used to look towards (the then) Madras, Bangalore, Pune and Calcutta even for graduation, but those days are well past and people from all India and many parts of the World come to Mangaluru and Udupi now.
He emphatically sated that he applauds this great institution established over 130 years ago by Jesuits and started evening college in 1966 to encourage the poor middle class people. It is due to the remarkable vision of the then rector Mathew Lewis SJ and the then principal Stany Vaz SJ who realized the importance of this evening college which has now completed 50 years.
He was full of praise for the standards and service over half a century of this yeoman institution. The College has made great headway its management and faculty members have achieved great success. I request the College to engage in faculty improvement and encourage the teachers to pursue PhD. That way they can render better service to society he wished every success to the institution.
In his speech full of deserving praise, MLA J R Lobo congratulated the St Aloysius Institution and said that a great event marking the 50 years of service of the Evening College is launched today. St Aloysius is a well-known in India and overseas too in the field of education. It is because of three institutions - St Aloysius, St Agnes and Government College that the region is at least century ahead of other parts of Karnataka. The service rendered by missionaries such as Basel Mission, the Jesuits and others in this region is responsible. Education is not just about obtaining knowledge but also developing one’s total person. People here are forward due to the selfless service rendered by certain people, it has changed for the better many parameters of life. As an elected representative and a citizen, he expressed his admiration. He went on to say that the facts of the present world must be borne in mind in the act of education.
Rector Denzil Lobo SJ became the first official donor of the ’One Rupee Revolution’, an innovative outreach programme by St Aloysius Evening College. Representatives from the students, staff, parents, and past students too did so and launched a revolution.
The Rector Denzil Lobo SJ stressed that the Jesuit principle of ’special option for the poor’ prompted the novel and noble venture. He also announced the special donation made by noted author Aravind Adiga who instituted a scholarship in the name of Udaya Holla, former attorney general of Karnataka by contributing Rs 10 lac. He said that the amount would be used to support deserving students coming from weaker economic backgrounds. Dr Manohar V Serrao, John D’Silva and others participated and there was a special enthusiasm in the air.
Dr V Basil Hans compered the event. The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr Donald Lobo, organising secretary of the golden jubilee celebration committee. A colourful cultural extravaganza by the students and others enhanced the colours of the launch. The days from today to March 2016 will mark a Golden hue in the history of this historic evening college which has facilitated many have nots to get educated and found a place in the sun.