College Day 139

St Aloysius College (Autonomous) celebrated its annual day with the theme ‘Samrakshana: Accompanying Youth in Preserving Our Common House’ on Friday, March 8 at the college grounds.
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Dr Ullas Karanth, director of Science - Asia, Wildlife Conservation Society, New York was the chief guest for the event.

In his inaugural address Ullas Karanth said, “Wildlife conservation stresses on the message of allowing other creatures on this earth to live. The subject speaks on love for nature, knowledge about the scarcity of natural resources and protection of nature.” He further said, “When I was born, India had 80 per cent poverty. But now it has dramatically reduced. The improved standard of living has automatically increased people’s material aspirations. This directly affects the natural resources and ultimately it’s the humans who suffer. Development is not necessarily bad. But same time we should avoid the bad developmental projects. These projects harm nature, affect wildlife and finally humans. So there is a need for timely awareness.”

Rector of St Aloysius Institutions, Fr Dionsyius Vaz in his presidential address said, “The expert committee who visited the college as a part of inspection for Deemed University status, commented that they saw a dedicated and committed campus."

“Our students and faculty love the campus. I salute all who are a part of this college. On the occasion of the 139th college day, we have chosen the theme of saving biodiversity. Humans cannot live without biodiversity. Protection of nature and conservation of wildlife is very important because this is a gift we pass on to our future generations. The mission of conservation should be taken by today’s young generation. Hope the theme of 139th college day will inspire our students regarding this,” he added.

The annual report of the academic year was presented by Fr Dr Praveen Martis, the principal of the college. It was followed by a video presentation highlighting the success of the college of the past year. Prof Raj Gopal Bhat the Convenor of the college day delivered the welcome address.

Following the address by the dignitaries, the meritorious students and sports achievers were honoured with mementos and certificates.

After the stage programme various cultural events were performed by students.

Dr A M Narahari, registrar, Fr Melwyn Lobo, finance officer, Fr Denzil Lobo, director AIMIT, Fr Pradeep Antony, Dr John E D Silva, Dr Alwyn D’Sa, Dr Richard Gonsalves, Dr Laveena Lobo, director, Fr Melwyn Pinto, director Radio Sarang and Konkani Institute, Dr Saraswati, convenor, Relston Lobo, president Student Council were present on dias.