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For Daijiworld Media Network – Mumbai (RD)
Mumbai, Aug 21: People are leading a life without social concerns in the rush to catch up with globalization. It’s unfortunate that the so-called intellectuals are living as if they have no time to think for the welfare of poor and downtrodden in the society, said Dr Thomas Dabre, Bishop of Vasai diocese, on Wednesday, August 20.
Bishop Dabre was speaking after inaugurating the St John College of Engineering and Technology, St John Institute of Pharmacy and Research College, which was set up at Manor Road, Pevoor, Palghar in Thane district. In his homily to the gathering, he said 'let St John Institutes become the light to the rural populace, to be trained in vocational studies that have bright prospects across the globe. The society would grow in leap and bounds with the genuine concern of the poor and downtrodden.'
Albert W D’Souza, chairman, Aldel Education Trust, said in his keynote address that these are the first ever minority community-owned institutes which are fully recognized by both state and union governments. Br Vijay Kumar Pereira was the chief guest.
Fr Mario Vaz, Fr John Rumao, Fr Cajetan Rodrigues, governing council member and trustee George Castelino, Elizabeth D’Souza, director Elvina D’Souza, Elaina D’Souza, and Fr Edrez D’Souza were present on the dais. Chairman Albert W D’Souza honoured the building contractor and utility suppliers including workmen who toiled at the construction site to ready it for inaugural.
Fr Valerian D’Souza, director, St Joseph’s Engineering College, Mangalore, principals Dr S Krishnamurthy, Dr H B Raghavendra, Dr Anil Nimbakar, Prof Facer K Sahare, and former Maharastra state minister Hanumant Dolar, were among the specially invited guests present on the occasion. Melissa Furtado of Sangeet Abhinay Academy rendered the welcome dance. Academy director Fr Dr Charles Vaz and team presented devotional music.