Samprathi in Post Modern World – Making Social Work Relevant



“Knowledge  is  of   two kinds .We know a subject ourselves or we know where  we  can  find   information upon  it”-Samuel  Johnson.


30 October, 2006. Students of MSW at St Aloysius College Mangalore, under the banner of  Samprathi went a step forward towards fulfilling their quest  for  more knowledge. It was the annual seminar dealing with The Current Issues Challenging Social Work.   The IT auditorium of St. Aloysius College witnessed the inaugural function of Samprathi. Present in the auditorium were the dignitaries and the delegates from various institutions.


In the absence of Rev. Fr. Eugene Lobo, Ms Savitha Pereira, the Seminar Coordinator, extended a warm welcome to the guests. Ms. Mamatha Gatti, the President of Zilla Panchayath, Mangalore, was the Chief Guest for the day. Fr. Francis Serrao,the Rector of St. Aloysius Institutions, Fr. Denzil Lobo, the Vice-Principal, and Mr. Maxim D’Souza were present on the dais.



The inaugural ceremony began with the dignitaries lighting the lamps atop a globe borne by joined hands. This symbolized the joint efforts of every responsible social worker to keep the light shining in this dark world.


In the inaugural address, Fr Denzil Lobo emphasized on the need for having trained social workers who reflect and respond to the social problems of our day through their meaningful actions rather than too many activities.


The Chief guest’s address was an encouragement to the student social workers.  Ms Mamatha Gatti urged the students to continue to be energetic carriers of society.   She  quoted   Gandhiji’s  words   of the  youth   being  the  salt   of  the  earth .


Fr. Rector, in his presidential speech expounded the meaning of Samprathi, which means relevance. He urged the students to be alert and up-to-date  with the current  issues   of   the   social  scenario . “We cannot  give  yesterday’s    answers    for  tomorrow’s  questions,” he said. He  invited   each  student  to be   a torch  bearers of   society.

Student coordinator Mr Maxim D ‘souza proposed the vote of thanks.



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