Mangaluru, 28 December 2019: St. Agnes College, founded by Mother Mary Aloysia, the Second Superior General of the Apostolic Carmel Congregation, is a premier institution that has been empowering women through education since 1920-21. The college is the first women’s college on the West Coast of India and the first under private management, in the whole country.
The year 2020 marks the Centenary Celebrations, scheduled for 3 January. The celebrations start at 9:30 a.m., with the inauguration of Mother Mary Aloysia Centenary Memorial Block by Rev. Sr M. Susheela, the Superior General of the Apostolic Carmel Congregation and blessing by Most Rev. Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, Bishop of Mangalore. This will be followed by a Thanksgiving Eucharistic Celebration.
The evening Inaugural Ceremony will be held at the Degree College Open Air Stage, at 5:00 p.m., which will be presided over by Most Rev. Dr Peter Paul Saldanha (Bishop of Mangalore) and inaugurated by Rev. Sr M. Susheela & Rev. Sr M. Shamitha (Superior General & Provincial Superior of the AC Congregation). Ms Meera Rao (Director, Rambus Inc., USA) will be the Chief Guest. Prof P S Yadapadithaya (VC, Mangalore University) and Sri Anirudh Shravan, IAS (Commissioner, Collegiate Education) will be the Special Guests.
Other luminaries such as Sri Nalin Kumar Kateel; Sri U T Khader; Sri D. Vedavyas Kamath; Sri Ivan D’souza; Sri J R Lobo; Ms Sindhu B Rupesh IAS; Dr P. S. Harsha IPS; Mr. Michael D’Souza, MD, Ivory Grand Real Estate, UAE; Dr Brian Pinto, Former Senior Adviser, The World Bank Consultant-African Development Bank; Mrs Shabana & Mr Faizal, Chairpersons, KEF Holdings; Mr Leslie J Fernandes, Ex Chairman, Dockendale Shipping Co Ltd. Australia and Mr. Ronald Pinto, MD HYSSNA International, UAE have graciously consented to be the guests of honour.
The Centenary Celebrations had a Curtain Raiser in the form of Centenary Run on the 15 December 2019. Five more major activities and 100 other activities involving all stakeholders and the public have been planned for the Centenary Year.
The Knowledge Factory will generate and spread worthwhile ideas by inviting eminent speakers to speak on various topics, enhancing awareness and understanding.
The Trade Fair will encourage and empower women entrepreneurs by offering them a platform to exhibit their ingenuity and to network with their counterparts from different fields.
The Institution’s Social Responsibility Project will comprise hands-on experience, skill building and awareness programmes in the five adopted villages: Kuttar, Amblamogaru, Munnur, Harekala, Hosabettu.
A National Level Sports Event for students from women’s universities will be held in order to give a special thrust to the concept of physical well being.
Agnotsav will bring together 100 women achievers from ten different walks of life who will be honoured by the college.
As it stands on the threshold of Centenary, the college ardently hopes to make a remarkable mark in the community to which it belongs through its multifarious activities. The college hopes that you will give wide publicity to its ambitious plans and will join hands with the college in its endeavour to serve society and empower women.