CAMPUS: SJC’s All India Catholic University Federation (AICUF) unit kick-started its activities for the academic year 2016-17 after being adjudged as the best AICUF unit in the state for the second consecutive year on Saturday.
Fr Bryan Pereira, State advisor, AICUF, said “Every year we get around hundreds of applications from students to join the association. This year we have received over 600 applications and have stopped taking in further applications.”
The association also held its annual elections to choose their office bearers for the new academic year. Participants from 13 colleges from all over Karnataka were present. Alida Rodrigues, St Aloysius College, Mangalore, was elected as President. Stephen, St Joseph’s PU College, was elected as Vice President and Royal D’Souza, SJC Chickmagalur as the secretary.
This year the association has aimed for holistic involvement from all the associated colleges. Dr Isac, AICUF coordinator SJC, said that previously colleges likes SJCC, SJC and Aloysius College, Mangalore, were the most active units. “We will be approaching colleges where the AICUF units are less active to take initiatives so that they too can fuel the AICUF movements.”
The theme for this year’s state congress is, “To challenge intolerance and to become agents of reconciliation.” The objective is to work for the betterment of religious and sexual minorities. Fr Bryan said, “We want our students to become instruments of peace and reconciliation and we don’t believe in tit for tat.”
Reevan Vishwas Rego