Mangaluru, Nov 28: The inauguration of Classes for First Year BE, for the academic year 2022-23, at St Joseph Engineering College (SJEC), Vamanjoor, was held on Monday November 28 in Kalam Auditorium, Academic Block II. The inaugural ceremony was attended by all the first year students along with a few parents.
Giridhar Salian, director, Karnataka German Technical Training Institute (KGTTI), graced the occasion as the chief guest. Fr Wilfred Prakash D’Souza, director SJEC, presided over the ceremony. Dr Rio D’Souza, principal, SJEC, Dr K Jyothi, professor and head of the department of Chemistry and Pramila R D'Souza, the convener of the programme, were the other dignitaries on the dais.
The programme commenced with an invocation from the second year BE students. A video presentation was displayed on the screen to show the glimpse of St. Joseph Engineering College after the invocation. Dr Rio D’Souza, welcomed the gathering to the inaugural ceremony and the new batch of students to the family of Josephites. In his welcome address, he spoke about the journey and transformation of SJEC in the past 20 years to become one of the leading Educational Institution in the region. He highlighted the necessity of Student Induction Programme which is to be conducted for about three weeks, as the important step towards professionalism. His address also touched upon the distractions faced by students with regard to social media, smartphones, etc., and the challenges faced by institutions and the parents in leading the students on the right path. He mentioned about the student monitoring system in the college and briefed about the various facilities available in the Institution.
The chief guest and other dignitaries on the dais formally inaugurated the program by lighting the lamp. A symbolic inauguration of classes for the new academic year was performed with Students’ representatives from individual departments and their respective department heads, each unfurling the flags of the eight respective departments.
Vivian D’Souza, Ayman Sheik Zaheer, Sheldon Angelo Menezes, Tharakan Vidya Ravunni and Joshua Dylan Fernandes were honoured by the chief guest as toppers of the orientation programme on the occasion.
Giridhar Salian began his address by welcoming the first year students to SJEC. He asked the students to be energetic and showcase commitment and hard work to their cause of becoming qualified Engineers. With a famous quote he explained the importance of thoughts deciding the destiny of an individual. He spoke about importance of dedication, focus, skills required to convert the thoughts into destiny. He added the importance of SWOT analysis in this process. He stressed about team work which will help to complete good projects and help in nation building. He also mentioned about the brand value of SJEC in the society in terms of quality education and high placement.
In his presidential address, Fr Wilfred Prakash D’Souza, welcomed the first year students to SJEC family and spoke about the commitment of the institution to provide quality education to its students. He thanked the chief guest for motivating the students. He spoke about the belief of holistic development and importance of becoming better human being filled with values, respecting elders, being spiritual, disciplined, responsible, not being victim of bad habits etc.,. He asked the students to trust themselves, trust in god, and to work hard which is the way to success. The director wished all the first year students the very best in all their academic endeavours in SJEC.
Pramila R D’Souza, the convener of the program offered vote of thanks. Smitha D'Souza and Himani compered the programme. The inaugural ceremony was followed by an orientation programme, in which the heads of all departments showcased their individual departments to the new students.