Mangaluru, 13 Jul 2015: St Aloysius Evening College here celebrated its golden jubilee at St Aloysius High School auditorium on Saturday July 11.
Mangalore University vice chancellor Professor K Byrappa, Mangaluru south MLA J R Lobo, St Aloysius education institutions rector Fr Denzel Lobo and Karnataka Jesuit Provincial Dr Stanislaus Dr Souza were the chief guests of the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion Professor Byrappa said, ‘Mangalore University has great respect and commitment towards St Aloysius College that has potential for higher growth. In earlier days, 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,’ said Professor Byrappa.
‘The love and affection of this district for higher education is the same even today. 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, Bangaluru, Pune and Kolkata even for graduation, but later the trend changed and people started to come to Dakshina Kannada, said Professor Byrappa.
MLA J R Lobo congratulated the St Aloysius Institution and said that, this is a great event marking the 50 years of service of the Evening College. St Aloysius is a well-known in the country in the field of education. It is because of 3 institutions – St Aloysius, St Agnes and Government College that Dakshina Kanna is a century ahead of other parts of Karnataka. The selfless service rendered by missionaries such as Basel Mission, the Jesuits and others in this region has helped this part to develop, said MLA Lobo.
Fr Denzel Lobo became the first official donor of the ’One Rupee Revolution,’ an innovative outreach programme by St Aloysius Evening College. The representatives of the students, staff, parents, and alumni joined the rector in donating 1 rupee.
Fr Denzel Lobo emphasized the Jesuit principles of special concern for the poor which prompted the novel and noble venture. He also announced the special donation made by noted author Arvind 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 utilized to support deserving economically-weaker students.
The golden jubilee celebration Committee organizing secretary Dr Donald Lobo proposed vote of thanks. Dr V Basil Hans compered the programme.
Dr Manohar V Serrao, John D’Silva and others were present. The event concluded with cultural extravaganza presented by the students and alumni.