Mangaluru: A farewell programme to honour the director of St Aloysius Industrial Training Institute (ITI), who has been transferred to St Aloysius College at Harihar.
Speaking on the occasion he said, “When I took charge as a director of this institution, I had a privilege of interacting with the young students and their parents, most of who are from rural areas and poor families. I realised the role of ITI and its significance in uplifting their financial status. To give the best to the poor and under privileged has always been my mission. I took it as a mission to transform this institution into an institution which would empower them in true sense. I am happy that the dream I saw for this institution has been realised. Staff members had been a great support for me in realising this dream. Good staff members are assets to any institution and this institution is blessed to have such experienced and dedicated staff members.” He thanked the management, especially Fr Dionysius Vaz, the rector of St Aloysius Institutions for his great concern and support for the institution.
The programme commenced with a prayer song. Vincent Mendonsa, principal of the institution welcomed the gathering. Fr Eric Mathias was felicitated by the staff and students.
During the citation, Roshan D’Souza, training officer said, “Fr Eric is a man of dedication. His heart is always for the poor. He is a great risk taker. Collaboration with industry majors like M/s TATA Motors, M/s Hyundai Motors, M/s Jaquar and an upcoming tie-up with M/s Godrej has been the witnesses for his work. He has touched everyone’s heart in his own unique way. His dream always was about the welfare of the students and the institution. If everyone today is looking with great respect towards our institution, it is only because of the vision and commitment of Rev Fr Eric.” He wished him all success in his future mission on behalf of the institution.
Fr Dionysius Vaz, rector of St Aloysius Institutions introduced Fr Melwyn Lobo, the new director to the institution and official files were handed over to him. Vincent Mendonsa, principal welcomed him to the institution by handing over a flower bouquet. Student council members too handed over a rose on behalf of all the students. Taking charge Fr Melwyn Lobo said, “I am privileged to succeed Fr Eric Mathias as the new Director. He has done great work in developing this institution. I am confident of taking this institution to newer heights with the experience I have in working with a similar institution in the past.”
Delivering the presidential address, Fr Dionysius Vaz SJ said, “Fr Eric has two great qualities. He is a dreamer and has a soft corner for poor. We meet many people in the journey of life, but only few leave foot prints in our hearts. Fr Eric is such a person who has made a difference wherever he went. New Director Fr Melwyn is an experienced hand and a creative person. I am sure he will take this institution still higher.”
Students presented a cultural programme in honour of their beloved director. Alwyn Menezes, vice principal, proposed the vote of thanks. Robin Vas, junior training officer compered the programme.
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