Vidya Vikas Mandal (VVM), Margao celebrated its 48th Founders’ Day. The Mandal was registered on August 1, 1971 to venerate the death anniversary of educationist and freedom fighter, Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak. The celebrations were organised by VVM’s Shree Damodar College of Commerce and Economics, Margao.
Chief guest for the function was director, Mapro Foods, Mayur Vora who is an alumnus of Fergusson College Pune, IIM Bangalore and INSEAD.
The function commenced with an invocation song followed by the lighting of the traditional lamp by Vora, founder members and other dignitaries. In her welcome address, president, Vidya Vikas Mandal, Sheela Gaunekar spoke about the phenomenal growth of Vidya Vikas Mandal, which the founders had not foreseen; their only aim at that time was to set up a college for commerce in South Goa. The first vice president, Nitin Kunkolienker spoke about the institutions and their strengths and the plans outlined by the Mandal. He thanked the staff of the institutions for their contribution towards the institutions’ progress.
There was a short presentation on the history of the institutions and their outstanding achievements in the past academic year.
On this auspicious day, five alumni of Vidya Vikas Mandal’s institutions, namely, Sandesh Prabhudesai, Deepali Naik and Silvano Fernandes from Shree Damodar College of Commerce and Economics and advocate Carlos Alvares Ferreira and Ajit Panchwadkar from G R Kare College of Law, were felicitated for their remarkable achievements and contributions to society.
Retired staff members, namely, Lydia Menon, Nirmala Gopinathan, Shilpa Mense and Satyavan Prabhu from Shree Damodar College of Commerce and Economics; Inacio Dias and Sandhya Pai Fondekar from G R Kare College of Law; Maithili Naik from Shree Damodar College of Commerce and Economics were also felicitated.
In his address, Vora congratulated the awardees and founder members, and stressed the need for imparting wider and relevant education so that students are prepared for the constantly changing scenarios in the job market. He said: “In such a scenario, it is important that students learn ‘how to learn’. Not intelligence, but the lack of opportunities leads to untapped talents.” He encouraged the audience to take part in social work for the betterment of humanity at large.