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Puttur, Sep 1: The inauguration of the platinum jubilee of St Victor Girls High School and foundation stone blessing ceremony of the memorial building was held on Friday September 1 at Mai De Deus Church campus here.
The event was inaugurated by bishop Dr Aloysius Paul D'Souza who also blessed the foundation stone for the new memorial building. In his presidential address he highlighted that when a man is educated, it is education of an individual, but when a woman is educated, her family becomes educated. "God is with us and he will do his best for His people," he said.
Shakuntala T Shetty, MLA, Puttur presided over the function as the chief guest. She highlighted the importance of women's education in society today. She asked the students to become leaders for nation building.
Bhavani Chidanand, president, taluk panchayat said, "We should not forget the institution we studied in and the teachers who taught us."
Y Shivaramayya, DDPEI, Mangaluru said that Christian missionaries are providing social service not only at the national level but also at the international level.
Fr Antony Prakash Monteiro, campus director, St Philomena College Puttur and Jayanthi Balnad, president, town muncipality, Puttur congratulated the institute. Fr Valerian Mascarenhas, Rajesh Bannur, member, town municipality Puttur, J P Rodrigues vice president, Parish Council Puttur, Jagannivas Rao, were present on the dais as guests of honour.
Prelude to the programme was given by the headmistress of St Victor Girls High School Rosaline Lobo. Fr Alfred J Pinto welcomed the gathering and introduced the guests.
Shakunthala T Shetty released the new logo for the platinum jubilee celebration of St Victor Girls High School.
The programme concluded with the vote of thanks by Gracelina D'Souza.
The master of ceremony for the event was Inas Gonsalves.
History of St Victor Girls High School
St Victor Girls High School, which was established in 1942, the same year when the country's freedom fighters launched Quit India Movement against the British, can be seen as a visionary initiative because of its exclusive focus on girls’ education. The founder of the school, Monsignor Antony Patrao foresaw the importance of girls’ education and his efforts have enabled more than 717 girls to pass out from the annals of this institution to the mainstream of society to lead a life of excellence, respect and dignity in their chosen fields. With this in mind, the silver jubilee in the year 1967 and golden jubilee in 1992 were celebrated. Today, the school has marched ahead in excellence to celebrate its platinum jubilee year.