ST ALOYSIUS INDUSTRIAL TRAINING INSTITUTE, MANGALORE-575003
“Use Weapons For The Betterment, Not Destruction”- Ayudha Pooja Celebration
Date: 28th September, 2017
Ayudha Pooja was celebrated in the institution with joyful spirit and enthusiasm. Students had decorated their respective workshops with creativity. Former Director of the institution Rev Dr Leo Dsouza SJ conducted the prayer and the equipments and tools were blessed by the Director Rev Fr Eric Mathias SJ. In the stage programme that followed, the Chief Guest Mr Rajesh Kadri- Proprietor, M/S Dhruvi Enterprises inaugurated the Annual Magazine of the institution “Kaushalya”. The Guest of Honour was the world acclaimed social activist and icon of transgender community Dr Akkai Padmashali. She was felicitated on behalf of the institution for her achievements in the Social service sector. She is a male to female transwoman and she is the co-founder of “Ondede”- an organisation of feminists, activists, thinkers and academics which works for children’s rights, women’s rights and the rights of sexual minorities. She is the first transwoman in the world who received ‘Ashoka Global fellowship’ to fight for the rights of Transgender and sexual Minorities. She has received Karnataka Rajyotsava award for her work in Social Sector. Addressing the students she said, “Machines/weapons could be used for good as well as bad. Use them for the betterment of life and the Society and never for destruction.” Talking about the unemployment problem prevailing in India she said, “The present Government has not succeeded in creating employment opportunities for the youth in India. Institutes like St Aloysius ITI are playing a very important role in empowering youth and facilitate employment”. She urged the students to make the best use of the opportunity being presented to them and build a successful career. Talking on the occasion Rev Fr Eric Mathias SJ- Director of the institutions said, “Dr Akkai Padmashali is like a candle which melts itself away to give light to others. She has undergone lots of discrimination and harassment from the society. But, instead of surrendering, she courageously faced all the troubles and now she is a globally known social activist”. Students of Electrician trade had taken initiative to organise this programme. Melston Martis welcomed the gathering. Lakshith Kumar delivered a speech on Ayudha Pooja. Ankith N proposed vote of thanks. Praveen DSouza compered the programme. Students put up a colourful cultural show. The programme was concluded by the National Anthem. Sweets were distributed to all.