The College Day Celebrations of SJEC for the year 2017 was held on Friday, the 24th February 2017 in the College Open Air Stage.
Sri N Vinaya Hegde, Chancellor - Nitte University and President of Nitte Education Trust was the Chief Guest. Mr Jeevan Saldanha, President - Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry and CEO of Spectrum Industries – Dakshina Kannada was the Guest of Honour. Most Rev. Dr Aloysius Paul D'Souza, Bishop of Mangalore and President of SJEC, presided over the programme.
Rev. Fr Joseph J. Lobo, Director of SJEC welcomed the gathering and introduced the Guests. The Principal Dr Joseph Gonsalvis presented the annual report of the institution to the audience. The Guest of Honour Mr Jeevan Saldanha in his address stated that, "In today's ever changing competitive world, knowledge is power. With the advent of technology, a lot of disruptive businesses have come into place ensuring closure of many entrepreneurial ventures. There will be challenges, but you need to think out of the box. To succeed in business you need 90 percent hard work. It requires a never-say-die attitude", he added that students at SJEC have excelled in all the fields with great support from the Management and Faculty. He also shared his own experiences in the optical sorting system business and gave his views on entrepreneurship.
The Chief Guest of the occasion, Sri N Vinaya Hegde, addressing the gathering stressed that, “To be successful in life, one need hard work, honesty and integrity. You will face many hurdles on your way to success. But hard work and sincerity will pay off. I give credit of my successful career largely to the institutions where I did my education. I started on a less salary, but today, I am an industrialist and an educationist. Whether you enjoy your work or not, give your full effort to the work you do. Many of us get frustrated due to various reasons and quit jobs in 2 - 3 years. This is not the way. I worked for less salary for the first 15 years of my career, but gained enough knowledge which helped me to be what I am today. Join some company of your domain. It can be any engineering stream. Patience and sacrifice is very important. Do not accept any job which does not belong to your domain. Wait for your turn and grab the opportunity you get.” He also added that, “Do not forget your parents and the institutions where you got educated. Never let them down and always be grateful to them.”
Dr Aloysius Paul D'Souza, Bishop of Mangaluru & President of SJEC in his Presidential address wished everyone a very happy College Day and said that the youth should take Mr Jeevan Saldanha and Sri Vinaya Hegde as their role models. He thanked them for their words of wisdom and encouragement. He stated that, “College Day is a day for all to come together as a team. We are proud of your accomplishments. We all should lead the college to higher success with plans and vision. I am happy to announce the re-accreditation of our College programs by National Board of Accreditation. Congratulations to all of you. I am grateful to all those who worked with one heart and one mind for the success of this College. Let us all work hard and achieve greater success and excellence, our country requires achievers and not just performers. Let us remain thankful to the Lord and our Patron for guiding us all these years."
The Faculty achievers and the Students who achieved laurels in sports and academics were honoured on the occasion by the dignitaries. Mr Jeevan Saldanha and Sri N Vinaya Hegde were also felicitated on this occasion.
Mr Sathyendra Bhat and Ms Sadhika Shetty compered the event. Ms Rachana Crasta, Convener, College Day Celebrations 2017 proposed the vote of thanks.
Rev Fr Rohith D'Costa, Assistant Director-SJEC, Dr Rio D'Souza, Vice Principal-SJEC, Mr Keith Fernandes, Convener of College Day Celebrations 2017, were also present. The formal programme was followed by the cultural programme.