Karnataka Capuchins formally stepped into the field of Higher Education with the Inauguration of Bachelor of Business Management course at St. Anthony’s Institutions, Darshan College of Commerce & Management, Kengeri, Bangalore on Monday, 20th July, 2009.
The inaugural function began with the prayer of Rabindranath Tagore in the jam-packed college auditorium. Fr.Chetan Lobo, the director of the college welcomed the dignitaries and guests. All the dignitaries on the dais formally declared open the academic year with the lighting of the lamp amidst chants of a bhajan.
Fr.Joachim D Souza, Executive Secretary of Capuchin Education Board (CEB) explained the aims and objectives of Capuchin Education Board. The Chief guest of the inaugural function, Fr.Lawrence D Souza, Prinicipal of Milagres College, Mangalore and vice president of Headmasters & Principals association, Karnataka gave useful guidelines to run a degree college and shared with the audience his own experience as a teacher for 25 years. The guest of honour, Mr. Anthony Devaraj, Deputy Registrar, Bangalore University expressed his satisfaction at the progress made by Capuchins in the area of Education. Rev.Dr.Anil Sequeira, Rector of Darshan Institute of Theology, Bangalore and Rev.Sr.Veena, UFS, Headmistress, Gnanabodhini High School, Kengeri were the other guests of honour.
Rev.Dr.Vincent Furtado, Provincial Minister of Karnataka Capuchins in his presidential address gave voice to Capuchins commitment of raising the standards of the less privileged in the society. He wished the college every success.
Fr.Veerus Concessao, principal of the college proposed the vote of thanks. Bruno Leitao compeered the program. The choir of Darshan Institute of Theology gave the musical accompaniment. All were served with refreshments.
St. Anthony’s Institutions are all set to begin PUC (Commerce & Arts) and B.Com from the next academic year. The college has its campus away from the buzz of the city which is most helpful for study. The college gives a number of scholarships to deserving students and has hostel facility for both boys and girls at very affordable rates.