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Mangalore: Aravind Adiga Donates Part of the Award Amount to St Aloysius College


Mangalore: Aravind Adiga Donates Part of the Award Amount to St Aloysius College

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (GA)

Mangalore, Nov 6: In his mail to Fr Denzil Lobo SJ, director, AIBA and AICS, St Aloysius College, Aravind Adiga, the winner of the Man booker prize for his novel, “The White Tiger” expressed his desire to donate part of the award money to St Aloysius College, Mangalore, his alma mater.

In his own words:

"I have donated a part of my prize money for winning the Man Booker Prize for 2008 to my old school, St. Aloysius College of Mangalore, in gratitude for the fine education I received there. I wish to donate the money in the name of the late Father Victor D'Souza, a great teacher of physics and chemistry, who also always reminded his students of their responsibility to help and defend the poor and underprivileged. St. Aloysius is one of the gems of Mangalore and I hope it will continue to shine brightly in the years to come, as it has done for over 100 years. Lucet et Ardet."

Adiga has already sent Rs 15 lac to the Rector of St Aloysius College. According to his expressed wish the amount will be used to start a special scholarship fund for the higher education of the under-privileged children residing at Aloysian Boys Home, Kotekar, Ullal. This home for the delinquent children was started by St Aloysius College to commemorate the centenary of the College back in 1981. There are about a hundred and twenty children looked after by the college through the generous contributions of friends and alumni of the college. Fr Leo D’Souza Sj, former principal and Rector, St Aloysius College is the director of this project and Sisters of Charity, Mangalore, look after the day-to-day running of this institution.

Adiga wants this scholarship to be named after his teacher and mentor the late Fr Victor D’Souza, who was a science teacher in St Aloysius High School since 1977 till he retired in 1990. Fr Victor was an excellent science teacher and his students remember him not only for his interesting classes and the lessons he taught, but also for the values he inculcated in them, especially love for the poor. This has inspired Aravind Adiga, to donate 15 lac to institute this fund to help the higher education of these children of Aloysian Boys Home. 

St Aloysius College will be honouring Adiga for winning the Booker Prize on Sunday January 4, 2009 during the Aloysian Conclave which will be attended by Aloysian alumni from all over the world. He will also be delivering a special lecture to commemorate this event. Aloysian Conclave is an annual event wherein some of the distinguished alumni are honoured for their meritorious service to mankind in various fields. Last year the programme was held on January 12 and seven alumni were honoured.

Adiga is also expected to be the chief guest for the St Aloysius High School annual day on Saturday January 3, 2009.

St Aloysius College, which has grown by leaps and bounds during the last ten years, and now an autonomous college has already started work on the new campus for management and information technology at Beeri, Ullal. This new campus will have excellent facilities on par with international standards. Some of the prominent Aloysians like Victor Pais have come forward to assist in setting up the new campus. Aravind Adiaga has also promised to help in raising funds for this Rs 60 crore project, the first phase of which will be ready in May 2009, and the classes are expected to begin in July 2009. The aim of the college is to make this Institute for Management & IT, one of the very best in India.

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  • Devika, mlore

    Mon, Nov 10 2008

    Great son of beloved glorious mother. humble and simple kind gesture are very few .Congrats let the candle shine till it melts with warmth of glory.

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  • Shabir, mangalore/mangalore

    Sun, Nov 9 2008

    Hatsoff 2 u Mr. Adiga.. keep up your good works..

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  • Noel Coutinho, Belloor, Saudi Arabia

    Sat, Nov 8 2008

    Dear Mr. Adiga. Hats of your for your great deed. May God bless you.

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  • Joel, USA

    Sat, Nov 8 2008

    Congratulations Aravind Adiga. I was his junior in school and remember the euphoria/joy when he secured the 1st rank in SSLC. Great to see him reach such lofty heights. Noble of him to have given back to his alma mater that helped him be the person he is today. God bless him even more.

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  • cyril mathias, udupi

    Sat, Nov 8 2008

    Adiga has shown to the world how literary men react to hunger and poverty.His humanitarian gesture will go a long way in bridging the gulf between the poor and the poorest.He has won the hearts of the world.I hope that CHIMU and Byrappa will take a lesson from the young creative writer.

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  • mukesh, mangalur

    Sat, Nov 8 2008

    Being a Aloysian am proud of Arvind.Great personality.Hats up to u

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  • clarence miranda, mangalore

    Sat, Nov 8 2008

    Arvind Adiga, You honoured everone. Your school SAC, your teacher Fr. Victor and all of us the Mangaloreans. May Almighty Bless you abundantly.

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  • Captain Stanley Latif Correa, Mangalore/Saudi Arabia

    Sat, Nov 8 2008

    A wonderful donation out of Award Amount by Aravind Adiga. Hats off & Congratulations!!!

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  • R Prabhu, IXE-KSA

    Fri, Nov 7 2008

    Great thoughts and great actions can come only from an ALOYSIAN. Wishing you a wonderful career ahead.

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  • Alex Rodrigues WARDEN BOYS HOSTEL, mangalore-575003

    Fri, Nov 7 2008

    Aravind, you made Mangalorean Proud and now you are model too. May Almighty grant more success in future

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  • Alex, Mangalore/Dubai

    Fri, Nov 7 2008

    Dear Arvind, You have set an example by making the poor, your most important persons in your book as well as in action by donating for the purpose of educating poorest of the poor. MAY GOD BLESS YOU EVEN MORE...You have shown Love with little you have recieved...

    You will be reposed with even more.......... Regretfully, I have come acrosss many Aloysians who earn a lot but fail to think of the institution or its poor sister units. They remember Only if they get some honour during functions particularly annual Aloyosian days celebrated all over. May you be an example of charity to all those petty minded people. God Bless...

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  • M.Andrade, Hyderabad

    Fri, Nov 7 2008

    This is amazing-to remember his teacher and the underprivileged. We have a lot to learn from Aravind.

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  • sandia D'costa, Bejai

    Fri, Nov 7 2008

    Dear Mr Adiga Thank you for this kind & noble gesture. May God Bless you & Your family

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  • Derrick Pereira, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 7 2008

    Very well worded message from Aravind Adiga, if those are indeed his actual words...It's nice to know that he still remembers St. Aloysius College and the quality of the education he received there, hopefully the present Aloysius can live up to its earlier name. 

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  • Praveen, Udupi

    Fri, Nov 7 2008

    Great man, great qualities, great attitude....a living example which every human being should follow. It a great credit for a Catholic institution to have a student like Mr Adiga. Catholic institutions in India have produced great leaders all over the world irrespective of caste creed and religion. Mr Adiga we are proud of you and continue your good work.

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  • Joe Gonsalves, Mangalore - U.S.A.

    Fri, Nov 7 2008

    Here is a typical case of RETURNING TO THE ALMA MATER for whatever one has received from HER. May this be a forerunner of many such LOVE GIFTS to SAC. The Jesuit Father of Sacred Memory like Father Victor D'Souza have given their best to the students and the students like Arvind indeed would help other students specially Poor Students to achieve their goals. Kudos to you Arvind. May your breed increase. Joe Gonsalves

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  • Dr.Madhyastha. H K, Hungarkatta/ Japan

    Fri, Nov 7 2008

    It is real noble guesture of Mr.Adiga,A. One should not forget the school where they learned initial alphabets. God bless you Adigarre.

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  • Ophelia D'souza / Patrao, Miyar/Australia

    Fri, Nov 7 2008

    Wow!Aravind once again you had shown your gratitude towards your teacher and the institute.hope every Indian will learn from you the Human value.May god bless you.

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  • joyce, mangalore/u.s.

    Fri, Nov 7 2008

    Aravind we Mangloreans are proud of you.  Got your book and have started to read it. I am specially proud of you as you remember your teachers and give them credit,also donating a part of yr prize money to St. Aloysius.  Fr Denzil will put it to good use. Congratulations and god bless joy

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  • josephine moniz, mangalore/doha

    Fri, Nov 7 2008

    Aravind we are proud of you. You are a roll model to our children. God Bless you now & always.

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  • Priya Das, Karkala / Mumbai

    Fri, Nov 7 2008

    Really it is a noble gesture, and of course a very good example for all of us. Most of us ignore, forget and some even criticize our Alma Mater once we have graduated. Best wishes to you Mr. Arvind Adiga and may God bless you with many more awards and happiness in life.

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  • Arun, Kenya

    Fri, Nov 7 2008

    Thank you Daijiworld for the Good News. Exemplarily good virtues from role model Aravind Adiga, should put anybody into shame whoever studied in the Christian institutes and yet not grateful to their community nor to the teachers who taught them the human values in their early life. Before Blessing, God sees once heart and you have found glory and favour in His sight. We have no barrier for the elation and indebted to Adiga for your benevolent gesture for the humanitarian cause. Great !

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  • Vijay, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 7 2008

    Hats off to you Sir. You truly deserve this award.

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  • Theo D'Silva, Kadri, Mangalore/Toronto, Canada

    Fri, Nov 7 2008

    Aravind You are the real partron of poor. And you have shown the real heritage of your humble, simple and elite Adiga family of Kadri whom i know from over 55 years. God will always You and your family members. Thanks for your very generous gift. God will bess you in billion fold.

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  • Viani, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 7 2008

    Waiting to see you in our school.

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  • Norbert Menezes, Dubai -Mysore

    Fri, Nov 7 2008

    Dear Mr Adiga tHANK YOU FOR THIS GOOD AND NOBLE GESTURE.

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  • Thomas mendonsa, Florida, USA

    Fri, Nov 7 2008

    You have shown an excellent example of statesmanship by donating a part of the prize money to your almamater. Even I am thinking to follow your footsteps.

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  • Roshan D'costa, Moodbidri/Abudhabi

    Fri, Nov 7 2008

    What a wonderful amazing attitude you got Mr.Adiga. Keep it up!

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  • Leema, UAE

    Fri, Nov 7 2008

    Lot to learn from Mr Adiga.  SAC has so much to the community, irrespective of caste and religion. Good job Mr Adiga. Let this be a beginning for the others.

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  • MANOHAR LOBO, MANGALORE

    Fri, Nov 7 2008

    I AM SPECIALLY IMPRESSED THAT HE HAS CONTRIBUTED A PART OF HIS PRIZE FOR THE UNDERPRIVILEDGED CHILDREN.MY BEST WISHES TO ADIGA TO CARRY ON WITH THIS NOBLE WORK

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  • Shareef Moideen, Mangalore/Saudi Arabia

    Thu, Nov 6 2008

    Aravind, you made Mangalorean Proud and now you are model too. May Almighty grant more success in future.

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  • Eric Coelho, Mangalore/Ajman

    Fri, Nov 7 2008

    Charity Begins from Home. Adiga has proved it by donating 50% of his prize Money. Keep up the Good Job Adiga. We Mangaloreans feel proud of you as Mangalore is a Great City of Knowledge. .

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  • A.S.Mathew, U.S.A.

    Thu, Nov 6 2008

    Mr. Arvind Adiga, everybody has something great to learn from you. Your maganimity in donating Rs. 15. lakh is one thing, on the other hand, your respectful remembrance of Fr. Victor D'Souza as the mentor in college days was another thing.

    May God bless you abundantly in your efforts in whatever field it may be, that is my prayer and wishes for you. We are living in an age of self-gratification, but thank God for people like Mr. Adiga.

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  • david Rodrigues, Kayyar/Bangalore

    Thu, Nov 6 2008

    Wish all the very best to Aravind Adiga for his contribution. Such people are need of the hour required in this present world. Aravind you have doubled your image/status.

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  • Prakash, mangalore/dubai

    Fri, Nov 7 2008

    I am an X-Alyosian too, Mr.Adiga you have done a wonderfull job may God bless you and may you reach to new height and make India proud...

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  • Melwyn Lobo, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 6 2008

    To remember and name the award in the name of Fr.Victor D'souza is a great honour.As a ex-student i remember Fr.Victor teaching us science subject.Although a hyper tensive person ,he always loved his stidents and helped them whenevr they came to him for help.Great Mr.Adiga for making us to remember Fr.Victor.

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  • Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India

    Thu, Nov 6 2008

    Everybody has to learn from Mr. Aravind Adiga that he has not forgotton his teacher late Fr. Victor who has moulded him and inspired to be good human being. Also inculcating the values of humanity. His father late Mr. Adiga was also a great social worker. God bless him and his family.

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  • Thomas Baretto, Navilur/Austria

    Fri, Nov 7 2008

    Dear Mr. Aravind Adiga! I congratulate you not because you donated Rupees 15 lac to St. Aloysius college but because of your character and attitude in life. Every great person is become GREAT because of his/her hard work and principles in life. You have shown your faith and convictions through your deeds. I am full of praise and appreciation for you. Hearty Congratulations to you and God's blessings! Let our youngsters learn from you.

    We are called to achieve great things for ourselves and for the humanity. Let our younger generations take your life as an inspiration and lern to contribute to the well-being of mankind instead of getting engaged in dirty things. Hating and destroying will not serve any purpose. Thank you for your good example. Please invite the young people of our country to follow people like you. Let many more Adigas bring not disgrace but name and fame to our country!

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  • Thomas Baretto, Navilur/Austria

    Thu, Nov 6 2008

    Dear Mr. Aravind Adiga! I congratulate you not because you donated Rupees 15 lac to St. Aloysius college but because of your character and attitude in life. Every great person is become GREAT because of his/her hard work and principles in life. You have shown your faith and convictions through your deeds. I am full of praise and appreciation for you.

    Hearty Congratulations to you and God's blessings! Let our youngsters learn from you. We are called to achieve great things for ourselves and for the humanity. Let our younger generations take your life as an inspiration and lern to contribute to the well-being of mankind instead of getting engaged in dirty things. Hating and destroying will not serve any purpose.

    Thank you for your good example. Please invite the young people of our country to follow people like you. Let many more Adigas bring not disgrace but name and fame to our country!

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  • S.M. Nawaz kukkikatte, udupi

    Thu, Nov 6 2008

    Hats of you! Dear Aravind, nice to hear, well done. success in your hand, keep it up...

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  • JOSEPH D'SOUZA, Mudarangadi/Ajman

    Thu, Nov 6 2008

    May God Bless You Mr.Aravind Adiga,we wish all the best.Nemage namma Abhinandanegalu.

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  • Manohar Dsouza, Mangalore/Bahrain

    Thu, Nov 6 2008

    A noble gesture, and of course a very good example for all of us. Most of us ignore, forget and some even criticize our Alma Mater once we have graduated. May God bless you with many more awards Arvind

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  • Cliferd Rodricks, Valencia, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 6 2008

    Dear Arvind, Hats off, May God bless you. Cliferd Rodricks, Cross Road Valaencia, Mangalore.

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  • Noel Fernandes, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Thu, Nov 6 2008

    This is really nice to hear. I wish all the very best to Aravind Adiga for his contribution. Such people are required in this present generation to uplift the society and we all should learn from him the good works.

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  • Prashanth, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 6 2008

    Dear Mr.Aravind Adiga May God bless you.

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  • Antony T. D' Souza, Karkala/Qatar

    Thu, Nov 6 2008

    Thank you Daijiworld for the Good News. Exemplarily good virtues from role model Aravind Adiga, should put anybody into shame whoever studied in the Christian institutes and yet not grateful to their community nor to the teachers who taught them the human values in their early life.

    Before Blessing, God sees once heart and you have found glory and favour in His sight. We have no barrier for the elation and indebted to Adiga for your benevolent gesture for the humanitarian cause. Great !

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  • Jaison D'Souza, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Thu, Nov 6 2008

    His efforts of charity are appreciated. I wish him all the best for all his future works. I too am proud to be a Aloysian.

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  • Rasheed, Dubai

    Thu, Nov 6 2008

    You are great man...many many thanks. Your this decision lesson to all litretures(novelists)

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Thu, Nov 6 2008

    Namma Mannina Maga - Aravind Adiga. You have reminded me of something that I always believed - whatever I am today is courtesy my first school. May God bless you with more achievements.

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