New engineering, law colleges to come up in St Aloysius: VC Dr Martis

Daijiworld Media Network- Mangaluru (VP)

Mangaluru, Mar 28: In an exclusive talk on Daijiworld TV's 'Walkie-Talkie' programme, Dr Praveen Martis, vice chancellor (VC) of St Aloysius (deemed to be university), discussed the institution's transition and benefits of obtaining university status.

Dr Martis emphasized the significant changes accompanying the transition from a college to a university, including the establishment of new administrative roles and academic autonomy. He highlighted the institution's 144-year history and expressed pride in achieving university status through recognition rather than an official act.

Regarding the process of selecting the chancellor and vice chancellor, Dr Martis outlined the steps involved and stressed the importance of autonomy and responsibility in these roles. He also discussed the challenges faced during the transition, including funding and planning hurdles.

Dr Martis further elaborated on the institution's student-centric initiatives, such as compulsory curricular activities, community service, and extracurricular programmes. He mentioned plans for expanding course offerings including engineering and medical colleges and supporting UPSC aspirants.

Reflecting on his personal journey from student to vice chancellor, Dr Martis acknowledged former teachers and discussed the newfound responsibilities in his role. Overall, he highlighted the institution's commitment to talent development and offering diverse educational opportunities.

Regarding the student population, Dr Martis stated that there are 7,500 students on campus, with 47 undergraduate and 21 postgraduate courses offered. He mentioned collaborations under the National Education Policy (NEP), which have facilitated the establishment of Drama and Yakshagana to promote local traditions. Additionally, initiatives like Radio Sarang aim to support languages such as Konkani and Tulu, alongside promoting start-ups with funding opportunities.

Dr Martis discussed St Aloysius’ support for UPSC aspirants, highlighting the institution's role in providing special coaching. He credited the success of five students who cleared prelims and expressed plans to extend coaching to SSLC students, anticipating positive outcomes in the coming years.

Regarding the future leadership structure, Dr Martis explained that at the university level, there will be deans for each school of thought who will function similarly to principals.

Reflecting on his journey from student to vice chancellor, Dr Martis acknowledged encountering former teachers, including one who had taught him mathematics for two years. Despite occasional feelings of awkwardness, he noted their pride in his achievements.

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  • Layashee, Kerala

    Fri, Mar 29 2024

    Happy to know that law college is coming up in Mangalore, Atleast we can expect good legal education which is lacking in the coastal Mangalore region.

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  • Melroy Lewis, Kallianpur

    Fri, Mar 29 2024

    Late is better than never.

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  • Manoj Louis, Kavoor

    Thu, Mar 28 2024

    Excellent initiative Fr. God bless all ur endeavours 👍

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  • T.Lobo, Bejai

    Thu, Mar 28 2024

    Please also try to get tie-up with foreign universities that have more applied STEM curriculum. Its a essential. Rot learning is not employable anymore, our Bharatiya youth facing lot of challenges in job market and R&D. Also explore opportunities to expand in Gulf and African continent.

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  • Stany Jovin Menezes, Muscat / Pangla

    Thu, Mar 28 2024

    Congratulations to Dr. Praveen Martis, Vice Chancellor of St. Aloysius University, for discussing the institution's transition and the benefits of obtaining university status on Daijiworld TV's 'Walkie-Talkie' program.

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  • francis lobo, MANGALORE

    Thu, Mar 28 2024

    Fr. Martis was very clear that they have an option of starting the School of Engineering or School of Law under the newly deemed university. Also, he was clear that they could have a location outside. But ultimately it depends on the finances of the university. So we have to wait for the events to unfold In the future. But it is a good initiative.

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  • Anitha Pinto, Melbourne

    Thu, Mar 28 2024

    So happy to hear, all the very best, may god bless all your plans and make them successful in carrying them out.

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  • Ranjan, Bangalore

    Thu, Mar 28 2024

    SAC -- ENGINEERING COLLEGE -- Great initiative to start an Engineering college-- many of us would have continued to do engineering -- (in post then PUC) -- --in Mangalore --but had to find other cities / towns - to pursue Engr -- SAC will always be however in glorious memories --

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  • Gabriel Vaz, Kulshekar/Bengaluru

    Thu, Mar 28 2024

    SAC should have started a law college long ago. Unfortunately, Christian educational institutions did not have law stream in the coastal region. Now, this lacuna will be addressed.

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  • Jasmine Vas, Bendore

    Thu, Mar 28 2024

    Thats fantastic news. God bless Your efforts. May our youngsters get an opportunity to learn under the shelter of St Aloysius Gonzaga.

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