Inauguration of Renovated Welder Workshop and Welding Testing Centre at St Aloysius ÍTI

Inauguration of Renovated Welder Workshop and Welding Testing Centre was held at St Aloysius ITI on June 27 at 10:30 a.m.

Inauguration was done by Fr Dr Leo D’Souza SJ – former director SAITI. The blessing of the renovated welder workshop was done by Fr Melwyn Joseph Pinto SJ – rector, St Aloysius Institutions, Mangaluru.

The programme was commenced by a prayer service which was led by students and staff. Verses from the Quran, Holy Bible and Bhagavad Gita were read. Intentions were offered by the staff and students.

Noel Lobo, training officer and convener of the programme escorted the dignitaries to the dais. Roshan D’Souza, principal extended a cordial welcome to the gathering.

The chief guest for the programme was Lawrence Dsouza – director, Plant Tech Industrial Services. Guests of honour for the programme were Balakrishna Gatty – proprietor Gajanana Machine Works, M Raghuveer Pai – proprietor Anoop Consulting Services, Umesh – proprietor U Solutions Employment Agency. Fr Dr Leo Dsouza SJ – former director SAITI, Fr Melwyn Joseph Pinto SJ – rector, St Aloysius Institutions, Mangaluru. Fr John Dsouza SJ, director – St Aloysius ITI, Roshan Dsouza – principal, Alwyn Menezes – vice principal, Noel Lobo – training officer and convener were present.

Chief guest Lawrence D’Souza addressed the gathering by saying,” When we start welding there are different types of welding: Gas welding, Arc welding, TIG and MIG welding. To become a welder you should know how to hold the grinder first. You should be able to identify the defects and solve them. There are plenty of opportunities available in this field, but one needs to be passionate about the job”.

Director Fr. John Dsouza SJ addressed the gathering saying, “We have been running a welding course for 42 years. Students come and join this course and get employed. Even SSLC failed students can join this course and brighten their career. Now we not only have the welding workshop, but we have upgraded it to be a welding testing centre. Welding has importance because it has applications for different fields. Even engineering college students come here to gain training in welding. Now we are capable of higher things and satisfy the needs of the industries.”

In his presidential address, Fr Melwyn Pinto SJ said, “Renovated lab is inaugurated today, many are showing interest in welding. Welders are required in many fields such as aeroplane manufacturing, automobiles, gas pipeline welding, etc. Our purpose is that our students should get the best training possible. When you get good training you should make complete use of it. You must undergo the training with dedication and achieve success in life.”

Noel Lobo convener of the programme, proposed the vote of thanks. The programme was compered by Robin Vas, JTO.

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