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Karwar: Loyola School, Mundgod of Karnataka Province Completes 20 Fruitful Years


News and Pics: Lancy Fernandes
Daijiworld Media Network - Karwar

Karwar, Jan 15: Loyola school, Mundgod rejoices as it completes two decades of its existence on Friday January 14. It is one of the unique institutions of Jesuits of Karnataka that exclusively reaches out to the underprivileged of the state. It is located about 3 km away from Mundgod taluk headquarters, in a village called Karaginakoppa.

Mundgod is one of the backward taluks of Karwar district and diocese. It is well-known for the grand Tibetan colony. It is also called Siddi-land as it is populated by people of African origin who seem to have migrated here centuries ago.

Loyola Institution began with primary school in 1991 with Fr Lawrence Pinto as its founder. To begin with this institution had just 34 children, but today it has grown into Loyola High School (started in 1994), PU College (started in 2003) and D Ed College (2004-05) with nearly 1000 students.

The Jesuits also have social work centres, Loyola Pragati Kendra in Haliyal, Loyola Vikas Kendra in Mundgod and Hanagal which empower weaker sections of society through self help groups (SHGs) and educational work through village hostels.

Loyola school over the years has catered the educational needs of tribals and dalits. Students find this school very unique as they get to learn some special skills along with curricular and co-curricular activities. Backward castes and tribes namely Siddis (people of African origin), Gowlis (cowherds), Lambanis (semi-nomadic group), Vaddars (stone-cutters) and Gollars (sheep-rearing) get education here for a nominal fee. Even those who have no basic educational orientation get education at a nominal fee. There is hostel facility for over 500 students coming from far off places.

A special feature of the school is the training of students in skills like electrical wiring, welding, agriculture, carpentry and computer along with other co-curricular activities.

There is an eco-friendly campus with solar lights, biogas plant and vermin-composting. This makes Loyola a unique school in the state.

Its alumni have gone on to pursue MBA, M Com, MSW etc, have joined the armed forces and are playing a significant role in society today. The institution plans to start B Ed, and a full fledged degree college offering graduate and post graduate courses.


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  • gururaj, kushtagi

    Mon, Apr 28 2014

    send me loyola pu composite college mundgod phone number.........

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  • Bob Barrow, Guyama

    Sun, Jan 16 2011

    Dermot,
    The article on the school at Mundgod.
    Bib

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  • Ray Fernandes, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sat, Jan 15 2011

    Dear Father Lawrence Pinto,
    Congratulations on you dedication and humble service to the needy.Your vocation itself speaks in volumes of the lives you have touched in this world.
    May GOD bless you abundantly always.
    I will definately come to Mundgod to visit you on my next holiday to India.
    I hope you remember me,I was your student in St. Aloysius school ,mangalore.
    Regards Always to you
    Ray, Margaret, Del & Dru Fernandes

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