Christian educational institutions have played pivotal role in devt of district: MP Nalin at SAC

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Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (VP)

Mangaluru, Feb 28: St Aloysius College (SAC), recently granted deemed university status, was officially launched in a grand event at the college grounds on Wednesday, February 28.

Nalin Kumar Kateel and Fr Dionysius Vas SJ symbolically unveiled the portrait signifying the Deemed to be University status.

Speaking on the occasion, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel said, "Dakshina Kannada is a haven of education. Till now, we had 4 Universities, but now we have a 5th, and we are really happy about it. I have seen the struggles of the Jesuit father when I was in Delhi. Dakshina Kannada district has lots of Catholic education centers and hospitals, and the only institute to get the status of deemed to be University is St Aloysius College. This college is one of the old colleges, and a lot of people have studied and achieved in their field. This institute has good grades, rank, and I have studied at St Philomena College Puttur and I have been a student of Francis Xavier Gomes. There has been lots of struggle, and because of God's will, today this day became possible. I was very happy when this news came to me. This is good news for everyone in Dakshina Kannada district to have the 5th University."


St Aloysius College has contributed great personalities to the nation. K S Hegde, George Fernandes, TMA Pai are some of them. The Christian educational and health institutions played a pivotal role in the development of the district. The service of Christian institutions in the district always stands first in the service sector. I experienced it closely, and I am proud of that," he added.

Congratulating the management of St Aloysius Institute, Dr Gerald Issac Pinto, Bishop of Udupi diocese, said, "The launch of St. Aloysius Deemed and this day marks a significant milestone and service to humanity. I extend thanks to the entire St. Aloysius community and your dedication. Today we also celebrated the release of a book, in its pages, it's filled with wisdom and helps in guiding us. Education is not about acquiring knowledge but bringing positive changes in the world. Let us create a friendly environment where people from all communities feel welcomed."

Fr Dionysius Vaz, chancellor, St Aloysius Deemed to be University, said, "University remains crucial for society. Across the globe, they are considered good for the poor; they serve as a chance to improve. We are grateful to God for giving us this University. It all started as a dream, and today it has become a reality. When UGC was announced, we were happy, and all the alumni are happy for the achievements marked today. Nalin Kumar Kateel has been a great support and a mentor. The growth of our students wouldn't have been possible without the support of teachers. The university must be a place for dialogue and a temple of discussion. Our alumni are our ambassadors, and they are growing all over the world."

On this occasion, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, Fr Francis Xavier, Fr Dionysius Vas SJ, Fr. Melwyn Joseph Pinto SJ, Dr. Praveen Martis SJ, Bishops, Former Rectors, Principals of St. Aloysius college were honored and felicitated.

Rector St Aloysius Institutions Fr Melwin J Pinto welcomed the gathering. And Vice-chancellor in charge Dr Praveen Martis delivered a Vote of thanks.

Prior to the stage program, a thanksgiving Eucharistic mass was celebrated, where the main celebrant was the bishop of Mangalore diocese Dr Peter Paul Saldanha. On January 25th, the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Ministry of Education, the government of India, approved the proposal for the status of Deemed to be University by the well-known St Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangaluru and granted it the university status.


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  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, Mar 01 2024

    Congratulations to St .Aloysius College and to Jesuit brothers making it a success.Actuelly it should have been long ago .Somehow now it is become atalst.Nalinanna thank you for your good words All the best to .Aloysius college ,is a name all over the world considered a good one and famous ,respect .Keep on further and hope to become still better.

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  • Harold Dcunha, Mangalore, India

    Thu, Feb 29 2024

    Congratulations to my Alma Mater. With grateful heart, I want to say, thank you very much to the Jesuit priests and also to St. Aloysius College Institution.

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  • Sadu, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 29 2024

    I will always be grateful for all the christian schools and my christian friends. Especially our Mangalorean christians are so lovable. They do not talk s**t about other religion nor abuse anybody except one or two. I have my neighbour who are neutral and very friendly with everybody around. All my friends are all intelligent and sensible. I have had experience where people from christian community criticize Modi only in very few matters and hail him for his developmental work. My neighbour believes Modi like PM was much needed for our country to develop. So i dont find any reason to hate christian convent nor my chrisitan friends, people who do so are the ones who have not met or have not understood them well. Everybody will learn when the right time comes. Kalayatasmay namah.

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  • Rajesh, Mulki

    Thu, Feb 29 2024

    My friend, even I have similar experience like you.But I disagree with you one point that you said some people hate Christian community because they don't know about them...I have seen people who studies and became leaders from this same schools chose to spread hatred because of political gain and financial greed which comes from politics. Give me a good word to categorize these ungrateful people.

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  • Rajan, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 29 2024

    A great institution and alma mater -- All good values -- good education -- no discrimination -- no caste -- or income levels -- some of the richest of the city of Mangalore were sharing the same bench in classrooms with not so well to do -- but nobody felt small -- Those were the days -- Great Teachers -- Great interests taken in each of the students -- It was all round development --studies - -Sports -- music and other talents -- BEST WISHES for the coming years.

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  • Thomas neeliyara, bangalore

    Thu, Feb 29 2024

    Congratulations to Jesuits , it is a proud moment for all those who studied at St Aloysius Mangalore. Thanks to Sri Nalin kumar Kateel our MP who is supported to make this happen ..

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  • Santosh Kumar Johnas, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 29 2024

    Congratulations to St Aloysius College, on the award of deemed university status. It is a great honour for all those who worked for this success, including Management, Teachers, current and past students. St Aloysius College has nurtured many students from all over DK , Udupi and nearby districts for many decades and the society at large should be grateful to management and teachers. I wish St Aloysius College, all the best in the years ahead.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 29 2024

    If child gets education in convent schools,,then he or she definitely will come up in life. That much sure.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 29 2024

    Congratulations to St Aloysius School and College management for their selfless service.

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    Thu, Feb 29 2024

    CONGRATS TO ST. ALOYSISUS COLLEGE ON THE NEW FEATHER IN THEIR EVER GROWING CAP OF SUCCESS. WELL DONE. It is indeed a proud and joyful occasion on the new achievement and growing status of the college. There have been so many honourable students from SAC who have achieved overwhelming success in their chosen field. Thanks to the Jesuits who see everyone as one in their objective of educating the boys and girls to succeed in life. There are so many noble Jesuit priests whose mission has been to see the progress of humanity in every sense of the word. So many have taken the advantage of getting educated at the SAC institutions coming not only from Mangalore but outside the town as well. May this glory lead to more such laudable achievements and may the world become a greater place due to the role played by the SAC institutions. DENZIL FERNANDES

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 29 2024

    Great achievement by the Jesuits of Karnataka and support from Fr. Francis Xavier Gomes. SAC to SAU was not a easy task but a tough job. Good luck for all your future endeavors.

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  • sense_shetty, Mangalore Kudla

    Thu, Feb 29 2024

    Appreciating Mr. Kateel for acknowledging the institutions. It is our desire to foster a mature society that values and respects each other's contributions, aiming to build a robust, empathetic, and rational community while preserving its cultural roots and values.

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  • A.S. Mathew, U.S.

    Thu, Feb 29 2024

    Mangalore has been specially blessed than the rest of Karnataka in the number of educational institutions, established by the Christian Churches like the Catholic and Moravians. Also the role played by Father Muller who came to teach at the St. Aloysious college spread Homeopathy Medical system in India.

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  • Harish, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 29 2024

    I've seen the struggles of the Jesuit father when I was in Delhi. Dakshina Kannada district has lots of Catholic education centers and hospitals.

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  • Manoj Louis, Kavoor

    Wed, Feb 28 2024

    Many congratulations to all the Jesuit Fathers for their continuous peristance and devotion in bringing St Aloysius to where it stands. Very very proud of dis stupendous achievement and kno for sure, this is just d beginning and many more laurels will follow. Thanks to all the stakeholders for being d pillar of support to d institution. Good luck and God bless all the endeavours of Fr Melwin Pinto SJ

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