14th October 2019, Mysuru: Recollecting an anecdote shared by Winston Churchill about a
sailor and woman which highlights the importance of gratitude, Episcopal Vicar General- Health
and Education, Mysore Diocesan Educational Society, Msgr. Leslie Moras opined that students
should strive to create an everlasting bond with their alma mater and think about the ways of
contributing positively to the institution. He added that an alumni association helps students to
re-establish their bond with the institution.
He reckoned that an educational institution is nothing less than a mother to its students. It
nurtures them and contributes to their growth. He was speaking at ‘Jo – Sangam’ , a Josephite
Alumni Meet, which was held at St. Joseph’s First Grade College, Jayalakshmipuram, Mysore.
Secretary and Correspondent, MDES, Rev. Fr. Vijay Kumar, in his keynote address, compared
the bond between a student and his college to that of a mother and child. He opined that the
students have to give back to the institution just how children take up the responsibility of their
parents after becoming adults. He added that the senior students must share their knowledge and
wisdom with the present batch of students and strengthen their bond with the institution.
‘Josephite Munnade’ , the college magazine was also released by Msgr. Leslie Moras and Rev.
Fr. Vijay Kumar during the event. On the occasion, the office bearers of the alumni association
were also elected. The list of the office bearers are: Dr. Niveditha V – President, Mr. Nandheesh
P Venkatesh – Vice-president, Ms. Stephanie Lewis – Secretary, Ms. Rohini Ganesh – Treasurer,
Mr. Hitesh N Patil – Mr. Akash G, Mr. Nuthan S, Ms. Tanvi Kuttaiah, Mr. Prajwal D – Executive
Administrator, MDES, Rev. Fr. Nehru Muthu; CEO, St. Joseph Colleges, Mr. Seby Mavley;
Principal, St. Joseph’s First Grade College, Dr. Niveditha V and heads of various institutions
(From R – L): Principal, St. Joseph’s First Grade College, Dr. Niveditha V; Administrator,
MDES, Rev. Fr. Nehru Muthu; Episcopal Vicar General, Health and Education, Msgr. Leslie
Moras; Secretary and Correspondent, MDES, Rev. Fr. Vijay Kumar and CEO, St. Joseph
Colleges, Mr. Seby Mavley at Jo – Sangam, A Josephite Alumni Meet.