Thursday, September 10, 2009


Chris Valentino sdb
The Students and Staff at St. Joseph Industrial Training Institute at Don Bosco Centre For Learning, Kurla - Mumbai celebrated a hat-trick of sorts on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. The entire morning was devoted to celebrating three major events, namely, the Feast of the Nativity of Our Blessed Mother, the Formal Inauguration of the Academic Year and a belated Teachers Day.

It is very common to hear of ‘triple schezwan fried rice’ but very unusual to hear of a ‘triple celebration fired institute.’ This was precisely the scene at SJITI as the day began with a prayer service, followed by a well-animated and wonderfully choreographed cultural programme. Fr Richard D’Silva, Dean of SJITI in his welcome address introduced the events of the day, thanked and appreciated the Staff for their commitment and dedicated service and stressed the importance of Our Blessed Mother in the functioning of the Institute.

Mr. Xavier Fernandes, Principal of SJITI then invited the staff and students to a journey of responsible collaboration and pursuit of excellence. He said “let us work together, contribute to our own growth and the growth of the Institute, by walking together, supporting each other and carrying out our responsibilities in the best possible manner.”

The Instructors were honoured with words of appreciation and floral tokens, while the newly-elected Student Representatives accepted the Flag- Colours and chalked out their vision for the year ahead. Garlands and floral tributes were paid at the statue of Mother Mary. The Students and their Representatives then pledged to work together in peace and harmony. The celebrations came to a sumptuous close with mouth-watering snacks and the declaration of a half-day.

Hat-trick to hard-tricks of the trade seems to be the motto of SJITI during this academic year. Lagey Raho…!

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