Mangaluru: Father Muller Medical College welcomes new dean Dr Antony Sylvan

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Mangaluru, Dec 4: The installation ceremony accompanied by the felicitation ceremony of the new and former deans of Father Muller Medical College (FMMC) was held in a grand in-house event in the Father Muller Convention Centre on Saturday December 4.

The occasion marked the handing of the charge by Dr Jayaprakash Alva to Dr Antony Sylvan D’Souza in presence of the management and governing body of the Father Muller Charitable Institutions (FMCI).

In a festive spirit the faculty of FMMC gathered to welcome Dr Antony Sylvan as their academic administrative head and to lead them into new heights. Though the event was only for in-house staff the positivity seemed to have created an aura over the whole institution. The announcement of the welcome note was delivered by Fr Richard Aloysius Coelho, director FMCI. He elaborated on the significance of the day as a milestone for a medical college such as FMMC which has a rich heritage and bound by traditions to carry on the same banner with a new academic head, who thus carries with him the yolk of the faculty, staff and students.

Dr Antony Sylvan was handed over the official files by Dr J P Alva, the incumbent dean, transitioning roles and thus installed as the third dean of the Father Muller Medical College.

Dr Antony Sylvan was the dean of the Father Muller College of Allied Health Sciences, the newest college under the FMCI banner. He has worked under various capacities over the years in different institutions before helming FMMC. He has served as a tutor in Anatomy, Kasturba Medical College – January 1987 to June 1992, assistant professor, Kasturba Medical College – 28th July 1992 to 27th July1997, associate professor, Kasturba Medical College, 28th July 1997 to 27th July 2001, senior lecturer in Anatomy, The University of the West Indies [UWI] – August 2001 to July 2006, professor of Anatomy, St George’s University, Grenada – August 2006 to December 2009, professor of Anatomy, Kasturba Medical College, 21st December 2009 to 30th April 2010, professor & head of Anatomy, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, 1st May 2010 to 28th February 2015, associate dean & professor of Anatomy, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal 1st March 2015 to 21st September 2017, dean & professor of Anatomy, DM Wayanad Institute of Medical Sciences, 25th September 2017 to 8th May 2020, professor of Anatomy, Father Muller Medical College and dean – Father Muller College of Allied Sciences – 1st June 2020 to 4 Dec 2021, teaching of Gross Anatomy, Histology, Embryology, Neuro-Anatomy and Cell biology to MS / MD, MBBS, BDS, MSc, Bio-Medical Engineering and Allied Health Courses [BPT, Nursing, etc] – at Kasturba Medical College, UWI – teaching all branches of Anatomy for the Medical, Physiotherapy and Nursing students and at St Georges’ University - teaching Anatomy and basic research principles to MD students.

Dr Antony in his first speech as the dean of FMMC promised his colleagues to work in a holistic environment so that the momentum set by the former deans’ is trajected to newer heights. He thanked the management for instilling confidence in him to helm the post and take the heritage of the institutions forward. A wholesome approach is the need of the day and the only way forward were the words underlined in his speech. He said, “It is my privilege to be the dean of FMMC. I thank everyone for keeping faith in me. I assure that I will remain accountable to my actions.”

With 12 years and 8 months of helming the deans’ post at FMMC, Dr Jayaprakash Alva was felicitated with traditional fervour bestowed by the management for his untiring services as a physician, academician, astute dean, and a confidant of many. He has been an epitome of calm demeanour with a resounding voice and an excellent oratory vocabulary. He has been a part of FMMC since 2009 as dean after his various positions in a number of medical colleges.
A dozen and more years of yeoman service given by Dr Alva will never be forgotten and hoped his retirement brings him the fulfilment of career and life with joy and wellness of health was prayed by the president of FMCI.

Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, bishop of Mangalore and president of FMCI honoured Dr Alva with the traditional shawl and peta. Director FMCI garlanded Dr Alva with the traditional pearl and sandalwood chain followed by bouquet of flowers, citation, memento and a fruit basket. He said, “Dr J P Alva has professionally and efficiently guided Father Muller’s. He has shown nobility in character. He is a noble soul. He stood by us in thick and thin. He will always be known for his commitment and dedicated service.”

He was honoured in presence of his wife Surekha Alva and daughters Mithali Shetty and Karishma Alva. Dr Venkatesh B M, professor and unit head department of medicine touched upon the career and workmanship of Dr Alva in Father Muller. His sentiments of gratitude brought a glimmer in the eyes of the faculty and staff gathered. Dr Alva in his message gratitude, thanked God and his family for being the support system, the management of FMCI for their trust in his leadership, the faculty for never saying no for the work delegated, the staff for being helpful at all times and the students who have never failed to excel and leap into newer frontiers. “My journey has been full of memories to remember and a journey full of patience and experience,” he said.

The administrators and assistant administrators, principals of the various sister concerns of FMCI, faculty of FMMC and heads of the various units of the hospital graced the occasion. The programme was compered by Dr Jostol Pinto, cardiologist.






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  • Dr Leo Francis Tauro, Mangalore

    Sun, Dec 05 2021

    Congratulations Dr Antony Sylvan D'Souza on being appointed as Dean of Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore. We wish you all the very best and good health. May this institution reaches a greater heights during your tenure as Dean.11

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  • Dr Erel Diaz, Mangaluru

    Sun, Dec 05 2021

    Congratulations Dr Antony Syvlan D’Souza on being appointed Dean of Father Mulller Medical College. God Bless and all the best

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  • Ben D'Souza Prabhu, Mangalore, Bombay Bandra now in Canada

    Sun, Dec 05 2021

    While felicitating our New Dean, I also Wish a Healthy and Happy Life to our retiring Dean who spent not less than 12 years in that holistic positiion. THANK YOU DEAR LORD FOR YOUR KINDNESS !!!

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  • Ben D'Souza Prabhu, Mangalore, Bombay Bandra now in Canada

    Sun, Dec 05 2021

    I have expression of our deep Gratitude for our own person in Dr Antony Sylvan who graciously accepted the appointment as our New Dean at our Popular and friendly " Father Muller Medical College ". Our Gracious Lord will Bless him Well and give him the abundant strength and knowlege to attend to his Duties all well. THANK YOU DEAR LORD FOR YOUR BENEVOLENT ADMINISTRATOR !!!

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 04 2021

    Congratulation Dr.Sylvan for the new role as Dean. I hope you will succeed in improving the official ranking among the best Medical colleges in India .Fr.Muller Medical college ranked now as around 300 out of all 500 plus medical college as per the official list. Many of the colleges started a few years ago around Man galore find their places in the best 50 medical colleges in the list. Surely this is achievable.All the best.

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  • Nelson Noronha, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 04 2021

    Congratulations Sylvan! Wishing you good luck!

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  • Herman Dsouza, Mulki / Mumbai

    Sat, Dec 04 2021

    Congratulations to Prof. Dr. Antony Sylvan D Souza as a new Dean of prestigious institution FMMC of this country. Feeling very much proud that he is from our very own Mulki. May God bless him and his full team abundantly for carrying on the service of humanity.

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  • Mcqueen, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 04 2021

    Hearty congratulations to Dr Sylvan. Best wishes to Dr J P Alva

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Sat, Dec 04 2021

    Our Best Wishes to the New Dean of Father Muller Medical College ...

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Sat, Dec 04 2021

    all the best to the new dean.. looks like he is local lad... all the more happy...

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  • Harold Dcunha, Mangalore, India.

    Sat, Dec 04 2021

    Dr Jayaprakash Alva , former dean of Father Muller Medical College (FMMC); was excellent administrator, had superb quality of handling any odd situations, contributed immensely for the well being of Father Muller Medical College (FMMC) Institutions. God bless him abundantly. We wish him happiness in his future life.

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