St Xavier’s College, Mapusa held its annual cultural inaugural of clubs, cells and association on 13th July in the seminar hall of the college.
Chief guest Dr. Sagar Salgaoncar, executive director of Geno Pharmaceuticals, lit the traditional lamp to mark the beginning of the programme that included various acts by the students to initiate the cultural activities of the new academic year 2013-2014.
Dr. Salgaoncar, in his address to the students, stressed on the importance of co-curricular activities in the personality development of an individual. “Co-curricular activities reflect on the personality of the students when they face the outside world after college. Due to the changing times, the level of understanding of the students about the working industry is highly commendable,” Dr. Salgaoncar stated.
Earlier, college principal Dr. (Fr.) Walter de Sa, in his welcome address, termed the event as a talent day as the students showcase their skills in various activities. “This so-called cultural inaugural is much of a talent day I must say. I am so proud to witness the performances of such various talents in different fields. We at St. Xavier’s strive as a team to nurture our students in overall development and not just academics,” Fr. Walter said.
Along with the release of the annual college magazine ‘Halcyon’, the proceedings of the national seminar on Bioinformatics and its application, by the Department of Botany, was also released. Felicitation of the meritorious TY students at the hands of Dr. Salgaoncar was followed by the prize distribution ceremony of the Consumer Awareness Program events held the previous academic year.
Dr. Salgaoncar who also happens to be an alumnus of St. Xavier’s said that the stress on co-curricular activities has been responsible for this change in attitude of students today. “The committed Principal and zealous staff is a catalyst to this increment of maturity in the students. Make best use of all opportunities that the college puts forth before you. Any kind of talent if nurtured can take you to great heights in today’s world,” he said to the students.
Students of the college are encouraged to join various clubs, cells and associations of the college and take active part in the activities conducted.
As part of the cultural programme, students of the college put up various performances like group songs, dance and mime.
Golden jubilee celebrations of St. Xavier’s College ends as new adcademic year 2013-14 gets underway
A Eucharistic celebration held on 28th June marked the beginning of the new academic year 2013-14 and the end of the golden jubilee celebrations of St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa. His Grace, Archbishop Patriarch, Filipe Neri Ferrao was the main celebrant at the Eucharistic celebration.
In his homily, his grace emphasized on the need to rejoice and thank God for his graciousness to the Institution. He also stressed on recommitting ourselves to the objectives of the Institution by “walking with Jesus, building with Jesus and being witnesses to Jesus” by a life of joyful, humble and selfless service to others.
This gesture points at the overall formation and values inclucated in the student by the 50-year old college. The institution believes in inculcating the right values and attitude among its students who may occupy valuable public positions in the future.
The eucharistic celebration was follwed by a short cultural programme. The chief guest for the programme was Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao, and the Guest of Honour, Dr. Wilfred D’Souza, renowned surgeon and Ex- Chief Minister of Goa. Dr. Fr. Walter de Sa, in his welcome address, thanked the Divine and spoke of how the College has grown and excelled in leaps and bounds due to the collaborative efforts of the faculty and management over the years. He emphasized on how the Golden Jubilee Year was an eventful and memorable one and stressed on the need to continue holding our mission and working together to a greater velocity.
The Documentary on 50 years of St. Xavier’s College, titled ‘From a Seedling to a Tree’, produced by the Departments of Mass Communication and Videography, Journalism, and History, was screened on the occasion. It was a nostalgic blend of moments, memories, experiences and passionate sharing by teachers and students of the journey of the College over 50 years.
The commemorative Golden Jubilee souvenir was released at the hands of the Guest of Honour, Dr. Wilfred D’Souza. In his address congratulated and wished the College all the success. Through an anecdote he brought out the essence of living with optimism, conquering fear and gaining wisdom.
A book in Marathi, by Prof. Sadre, a retired faculty of the College, titled ‘Goya Tuji Yaad Yeta’ was released at the hands of the Archbishop. Prof. Mudbidri, a colleague of Prof. Sadre, speaking on behalf of Prof. Sadre stated that the book was pure, undiluted nostalgia of the writer for the state of Goa.
As a sign of profound appreciation and gratitude mementoes were presented to the various institutes that assisted the College in its initial stages. Sr. Sophie of the Congregation of the Sisters of Cross of Chavanod, Sr. Rita of the Congregation of Handmaids of Christ and Fr. Romualdo de Souza of the Society of Jesus were felicitated. The teaching and non-teaching staff of St. Xavier’s College in the Golden Jubilee year were also felicitated with a memento for their dedicated services.
The Chief Guest, His Grace, compared education to nurturing a young plant and stressed on the fact that education was an important instrument to achieve the vision of our College, Formation for Transformation. He also stressed that education should help young men and women to achieve the 5 C’c, namely, character, competence, conscience, compassion and commitment.
The Vote of thanks was proposed by Mr. Herwin Furtado, Vice Principal of St. Xavier’s College. The programme was compered by prof. Alice Fernandes and Dr. Prema Rocha.