Christmas Sauharda programme was celebrated at St Aloysius ITI on Friday December 22.
Brahma Kumari Vishveshwari, Centre in-charge, Brahmakumaris, Mangaluru; Abul Afa Yusuf Zahri, H M Hidayatul, chairman, Islam Arabic Madrasa, SYS Talithanuji Unit; Br Joseph Crasta, managing trustee, Snehalaya Charitable Trust were chief guests for the programme.
Fr John D’Souza S J, director, St Aloysius ITI was the president for the programme. Roshan D’Souza. principal, Alwyn Menezes, vice principal, Noel Lobo, training officer, Naveen, convener of the programme and N Shashank, president, Student Council were present for the programme.
The programme was commenced with a prayer service which was led by second year Electrician students. Noel Lobo, training officer, welcomed the gathering.
The programme was inaugurated by cutting the christmas cake by the dignitaries. Brahma Kumari Vishveshwari addressed the gathering by saying, “What we think, we say and what we do must be the same. We should make a resolution for ourselves. To achieve our goal we must work hard. Before we start any work we must do some meditation for a few minutes.”
Abul Afa Yusuf Zahri spoke a few words saying, “We must all live in peace. We must know about other religions to avoid violence in society. All religions teach love, peace and equality. No religion advocates violence. We should also respect other religions in order to create peace in the society.”
Prizes were distributed to the students who won in the star making, carol singing and greeting card competitions.
Addressing the gathering, Br Joseph Crasta said, “Nowadays people celebrate Sauharda programme in various places. To make a speech is easy but to live it is difficult. As many as 90% of fights in society happen because of religion. In the colleges, students of different religions study together. Nowadays some people or organisations mislead the youth and poison their minds to achieve their self interests. We must correct them so that they don’t go in the wrong path. We must be light in others’ lives and wipe their tears. No religion is greater than humanity.”
Christmas carols were sung by the students and staff members.
In his presidential address, Fr John D’Souza SJ said that, “We celebrate Christmas on December 25. In schools, colleges and other workplaces people celebrate christmas. But in our institution we celebrate Christmas Sauhardha programme. We want our students to live in unity, respect each other’s religion and culture.”
Likhith, student of second year Electrician proposed a vote of thanks.
The programme was compered by Yashwanth, student of second year Electrician.
The crib was done by second year Electrician students.
Prize winners of the competition are as follows:
1st Prize – MRAC 2nd year
2nd Prize – MRAC 1st year
3rd Prize – MMV 2nd year
1st Prize – Fashion Designing
2nd Prize – Welder
3rd Prize – MRAC 1st year and MMV 2nd year
Greeting Card competition
1st Prize – Ummar Farook, MRAC 1st year
2nd Prize – Mohammed Faveez, Electronics Mechanic 1st year
3rd Prize – Azmiya, Fashion Design.