Mangalore: Aloysian Conclave & Eminent Aloysian Alumni Awards Function
Posted On: 20/12/2011 17:30 GMT
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Mangalore: The Aloycian Conclave and the Eminent Aloysian Alumni Awards function of St Aloysius College, Mangalore was held at AIMIT, the new campus of St Aloysius College, Mangalore on Sunday, 18th December at 6 p.m.

Padma Bhushan K K Venugopal  was honoured in absentia. Dr Shantharma Shetty, Vice Chancellor, Nitte University,  Mr Alan Nazareth, former  Indian Ambassador to many Countries, Dr Habeeb Rehman, MD, Unity Health Complex and Dr M Mukunda Prabhu, eminent historian  were the recipients of the prestigious Aloysian Awards. Dr Dayananda Pai, philanthropist and entrepreneur, who was also supposed to receive the award could not be present due to unforeseen reasons.

The program commenced with the prayer  dance rendered by the MBA students of AIMIT. The lamp was lit by the awardees  to mark the beginning of the awards function.  Mr N G Mohan, former President, SACAA, Mangalore, and the Convener of the Aloysian Conclave welcome the gathering and introduced all the awardees to the august gathering.  Fr Jospeh Rodrigues SJ, Rector , Aloysian Institutions  felicitated the recipient of the Aloysian award and said that they are an example to the present generation of students who need to emulate their leadership and  service mindedness and thus reach out to people in need as true Aloysians, who are moulded to be “men and women for others”.

The felicitation was followed by the Conclave address given by Mr Alan Nazareth.  Quoting Gandhiji he said, "Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare  of his fellowmen". Giving the examples of Swami Vivekananda, Gandhiji and Mother Theresa, Mr Nazareth spoke of their tremendous leadership and how that leadership emerged from the basic principle of love, transforming  them into great leaders. He presented those great luminaries as the models to young people, because they also emerged as world leaders when they were in their late twenties or early thirties. He said “we can do small things but with great love”.

The Conclave Address was followed by conferring of the awards to the eminent Aloysians.  Dr Derek Lobo,  former regional director, United Nations (UN) World Health Organization (WHO) South East Asia region read out the citation of Padma Bhushan K K Venugopal and  award was given in absentia. Mr Arthur D’Souza, President, SACAA  read out the citation given to Dr Shantharma Shetty;  Mr Michael D’Souza, Vice President, SACAA read out the citation of Mr Alan Nazareth; Mj Joe Gonsalves  felicitated Dr Habeeb Rahman by reading out the citation and Mr Santhosh Kumar Kadri read out the citation of Dr M Mukunda Prabhu.. Each one of the awardees was  given a crystal trophy, a shawl, a Mysore peta and a bouquet of flowers  and fruits in accordance with the local custom.

Each of the awardees responded to the honour conferred on them and they reminisced  their memories  at St Aloysius High School and College, remembering their principals, rectors and beloved teachers who formed them into what they are today. They were grateful to their alma mater for the formation they got while they were at St Aloysius College.

Mr Arthur D’Souza proposed the vote of thanks and the formal part of the programme ended with the sCollege Anthem. Students of MBA section of AIMIT entertained the audience with dances and songs. The programme ended with felicitation dinner in honour of the Aloysian Awardees.
Children of Aloysian Boys home Band was present and entertained the audience with  nostalgic X’mas tunes.
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