“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.