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St Xavier’s Colleges Celebrate the Feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Patna, July 31 2018: St. Xavier’s College and St. Xavier’s College of Management and Technology jointly celebrated the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Spanish Basque priest and theologian, who founded the religious order called the Society of Jesus.

The ceremony began with the lighting of the sacred lamp and garlanding of the portrait of the revered saint by the Chief Guest, Fr Donald Miranda, the Provincial of Patna Province of the Society of Jesus, Guest of Honour, Mr Indrajit Kumar, the Deputy COO of Satin Creditcare, Rector of the College Fr. Joseph Thadavanal SJ, the Principal, Fr Dr T. Nishaant S J, the Vice-Principal, Fr Dr Martin Poras SJ, Prof. Reena Thakkar and Mrs. Deepika Kshetri.

Also present on the occasion were, the Administrator of the College, Fr Dr Raj Kumar SJ, the Treasurer of the College Fr Alphonse Crasta, and the CoE , Fr Dr Sebastian Alphonse, SJ, Dean (Academics) Mrs. Kalpana Kumari, Coordinator, (Activities and Clubs), Dr Marie D’Cruze, and Professors of different Departments were also present for this auspicious occasion.

The Prayer song by Nancy and Group, the Dance Drama, based on the life of St Ignatius of Loyola, and Group Dance by Pratiksha, Shalvi and Group set the mood for the day.

While addressing the gathering, the Chief Guest, Fr. Donald Miranda, SJ asked students to “always listen to their conscience though it may contradict with the external world”. The Guest of Honour, Mr. Indrajeet Kumar, appreciated the contribution of Jesuits Institutions in higher education, and blessed students for their academic pursuit.

Towards the end, the participants of YFI campaign: ‘Don’t You Waste Food’, and the students who attended the workshop, “Leadership Training Programme” at Nagpur were awarded with certificates. Besides, the contributions of different clubs of the colleges were acknowledged. Xavier Theatre Club was announced the most active club and awarded a cash prize of Rs.6000.

The programme was conceived and executed by the faculty team comprising the Guide, Sr Grace Pamlany, SC SC, Chair, Prof. Supriya, and the members, Prof. Joel D’Cruze, Dr Niharika Kumari, Prof. Prakash Upadhayaya, Prof. Ruchin Veena Chainpuri, and Prof. Rachna Thakkar.

Sunidhi Raj of BA-III and Anmol Ratan of BCA-II anchored the programme, and the vote of thanks was proposed Eliza Anand of BA-III.

The full fledged programme for skilling the youth began on 12th of December 2010 with 90 students in the 1st batch with a support through Don Bosco Society which had the program going in about 270 places all over India. So far Asha Deep has trained over 2800 unemployed youth in 21 batches in market driven trades and placed them in reputed companies with the salary ranging between Rs. 6,000 and 25,000.

The trainees who come here are basically from the most marginalized and vulnerable communities. These youth are often drop outs from schooling and some of them have not even gone to the schools. Many of them due to the inability to go through any training and poor financial situations, are not able to get jobs. These are the youth who are looking for an opening to carry on with their goal in their lives and achieve it in their life. Ashadeep believes in true empowerment of the youth !

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