POMPEI P.U.COLLEGE, TALIPADI, AIKALA CELEBRATES
70TH COLLEGE DAY ON FRIDAY THE 19TH DEC, 2014
With the wholehearted participation by the Students, Staff, Members sand Office-bearers of Alumni Association and Parents’ Teachers’ Association, the College Day of the P.U.College was celebrated in a grand way worth remembering for a long time to come. Most Rev. Dr.Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Bishop of Mangalore Diocese cum President of C.B.E., Mangalore presided. In his Presidential Message, the Most Reverend Bishop eloquently declared that a school is the Temple of Education, that stands on three pillars 1.Information 2. All round Personality Development and 3. Transformation. Incidentally, the personality development depends on 1.Creator that is, God, 2.Pro-creator that is Parents and 3.Co-creator that is the Teacher. And it is these three that contributes greatly to one’s personality. The real knowledge is nothing but making one’s mind steady and strong to withstand the turmoil in life by pursuing the moral values and dedicating oneself for the welfare of the others…Education should draw out hidden talents…Simply learning how to read and write is not the education but it is one that has to make one culturally strong…Love, Truth and Moral and Human Values are not the exclusive properties of any religion…These are the days of keeping everything clean: Our home, our college and above all our mind!…” He advised the parents and teachers to give the children whatever they legitimately needed as the Future of our children is in our hands in shaping them into citizens who will love this country. He concluded his message by conveying X’mas Greetings to all.
The Chief Guest, Most Rev.Dr.Francis Serrao, S.J. the Bishop of Shimoga Diocese who delivered his message first, candidly stated that he feels proud and honoured to stand before the Institution where he had studied almost four decades ago. He accepted that he does not remember what he had studied here, or more about his class-mates or the teachers. All that he had learnt those days was, “To serve God and render service wholeheartedly to other people.” I had also learnt the principle, “You are for me and I am for you and not the lesson that tells, ‘I am for myself!’ which takes us to selfishness!” He also explained that for a child, its home is the school, mother’s lap is the bench and the relationship between the father and mother is the first lesson. If the relationship is good and cordial, the child will blossom into a good and independent person. I had asked the Principal of the college how many shields and trophies have been bagged by this college. He gave me the number and quite a few of them are rusted also. But I can see from here 650 shields (all students) before me, who can reach any heights!”
In the Sanmaana Patra presented to this Chief Guest a glittering mention has been made about his constructing and donating 2000 homes to the economically backward homeless families without any bar of class, creed or community.
Another Chief Guest Shri Hemacharya, the Editor in Chief Daiji-World English Weekly, Mangalore who is also an Alumnus of this College, recalling his days in the College said, “As a student I used to write news on the wall-paper here that finally led me to journalism and also the teaching profession to impart knowledge in Banking and Finance. I joined Sophia College Mumbai and thereafter continuing with the same, I proceeded to the Gulf. Now I am back in Mangalore in charge of Daiji-World English Weekly….”
Before the ceremony formally began, the Guests were welcomed in the traditional way with “poorna-kumbha” carried by Girl Students colourfully dressed. The programme began with a prayer dance saluting the Lord Almighty in tune with a Konkani Song, “Vandan Tuka Soamya…” After the floral tributes were offered to the Guests by Rev. Father Paul Pinto Correspondent, Pompei Institutions, the Principal of the College, Rev.Father Jerome D’Souza read out the report highlighting the overall performance of the College, covering Curricular and Extracurricular Activities and it is heartening to note that in the P.U.C.March 2014 Public Examinatios it has secured 92.64% and S.S.L.C March, 2014, 87%.of the total students appeared for the Public Examinations. The present strength of the College is 517 students in the Higher Classes and 131 Students in Lower Classes. The Programme concluded with the Vote of Thanks by Mrs.Winniefred D’Souza
Befitting the occasion, a colourful commemoration volume, “Jnana Deepti” was released. After the formal programme, the Students, Alumni Members and the Members of the Parent Teacher Association, presented a variety-entertainment programme much to the delightment of all.
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