National Seminar on Women at St Aloysius College, Mangalore
Date: 25, February 2012 Time: 09:30 AM
End Date: 25, February 2012 Duration: 08 Hour(s)
Event Type: Lecture
Category: Education / Learning
Venue/Location: Eric Mathais Hall, St Aloysius College, Mangalore
Host: St Aloysius College Mangalore
Contact: Bhavya Shetty
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Inaugural report
by Rajat R

St. Aloysius College, Mangalore organized a seminar on ‘women as catalysts of change’ at Eric Mathias Hall. The event was organized as commemorate 25 years of women’s presence in the campus.

The chief Guest of the Programme was Stanly KV founder Secretary and director, Odanadi, Mysore. Addressing the occasion he said that the women have really become the change of the world and they are really contributing a lot to the success of the Society in a large sense. Adding to the occasion he said that he is happy about the Programme and it is much dear to his heart. In his key address he denoted that the post centuries and the Vedic period have had a tremendous influence on then women. But however,in the recent years the condition of the women in the society is really pathetic.

On the other hand, many organizations and the Government also give ample resources to improve their life by giving opportunities in the Government sector in terms of reservation of 33% etc. He also spoke about the mass mobilization and how women took part in the independence of the country. Women not given justice and they are fighting for it. The new chapter for the empowerment, progress and process, making enterprising women is the need of the hour he insisted. He concluded remarking that for any change preparedness gives important aspect where the matter of freedom and opportunity is necessary.

The president of the programme, Rev.Fr SwebertD’silva SJ; The Principal of St. Aloysius College Mangalore. In his address brought out the importance of the women in the campus and how the campus has grown after the arrival of the women. He said that women have contributed not only in the field of academics but also in the field of culture. The introduction of women in St.Aloysus College have helped the college and in a humorous tonementioned the development of boys to have an integral balance of life in the campus. There are many opportunities which have really helped the women in the campus, He added.

Dr.K V Nagalakshamma, Coordinator of this seminar, Mrs. Veronica Judith Pinto Convener, Ms.Bhavya P K Student Coordinator and the Mrs.PriyaShetty Assistant Coordinator was present on the occasion.


St Aloysius College Mangalore will be organizing a National Level Seminar on the theme ‘Women as catalysts of change’ on February 25, 2012 at Eric Mathais Hall. This is in commemoration of 25 years of women’s presence in the college. There will also be an exhibition cum sale of artifacts made by the self help groups of women from in and around Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts.

Mr. Stanly K V, Founder secretary and director of Odanadi, Mysore will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Rita Noronha, Director, Research Unit, Roshni Nilaya will deliver a session on ‘Emerging trends in gender Relations in Dakkshina Kannada.’ Followed by a session on ’Women in higher education: Impact and challenges’ by Prof. Usha Devi, CHRD, Bangalore. This will be followed by a panel discussion. On the panel, Ms. Vaidehi Rao, Writer, Ms. Vidya Dinakar, Activist and Ms. Swapna, AGM, Lamina Suspension product. Dr. Kishore Nayak, Director, Centre for Women Studies, Mangalore University will preside as the chief guest for the valedictory.

“The year 1986 was a path breaking year in the history of St Aloysius College as the portals of the college were opened to lady students for the first time this year. Being the silver Jubilee year of the presence of the lady students in the , the campus, the management, staff and the students have decided to mark the occasion by organizing this seminar.” Said Rev. Fr. Swebert D’silva, Principal, St. Aloysius College.

This seminar will highlight and discuss various dimensions of the role of women, being the catalyst. The seminar visualizes the role of women in bringing about a change and creating a better world.

Ms. Priya Shetty, Asst Prof, Dept of Economics said that “The seminar is being organised with a view to analyse the role of women in changing society and to create awareness on gender sensitivity. The seminar thrives to assess the opportunity available for women in all spheres and perceives the existing challenges. The main aim of the seminar is to dwell on the role of capacity building in enhancing women empowerment.”

“The seminar is open to Academicians, students, research Scholars, NGOs, SHGs and any interested people in the concerned theme. The exhibition is an added attraction open to all.” She added.

The new era has posed numerous challenges and transformed the traditional role of women in society. It is said ‘When woman thrives, the whole society, benefits and the succeeding generation gets a better start in life’. It is believed that woman in ancient India, enjoyed equal status with men in all spheres. However gender sensitivity is still a challenge to the present society. Though women are recognized and have enough opportunities, they are confined to a limited sphere and their role is always considered insignificant.

The Themes shortlisted for the seminar are:
• Women in Higher Education – Impact and Challenges
• Women as Innovative Entrepreneurs
• Women and Advocacy Rights
• Women and Decision Making
• Women and NGOs

About the College:
St Aloysius College was founded in the year 1880 in Mangalore by the Jesuits who were invited by the local Catholics of that time. Since then, keeping with its motto, ‘Lucet et Ardet’ (it shines and it burns),it emerged as one of the pioneering centres of higher education offering quality education in the western coast of India .It is located on Idgah Hill overlooking Arabian Sea.

The college has taken strides in various spheres of education and knowledge, producing scholars, scientists, politicians, social activists and others of eminence in large numbers some of whom hold high positions today in various parts of the world. The college has best infrastructural facilities. The campus is spread over about 40 acres having a well equipped library ,with modern facilities and large play grounds , Well maintained museum and archives .The campus also houses a unique chapel whose walls are painted in the model of Sistine Chapel by a Jesuit name Bro . Moscheni in 1910 .It is an important tourist attraction in the state of Karnataka Though the main purpose of the institution is to provide liberal education to the catholic youth it admits students of all community , particularly those belonging to the weaker sections of the society .
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