17 Aug AICUF Report
It is said “Faith is the first factor in a life devoted to service. Without it, nothing is possible & with it nothing is impossible.”
With the beginning of the academic year 2013, we started off with the Inaugural mass seeking blessings from God before we began with our college activities based on religion & service. The religion committee with the help of our beloved Principle & Staff members worked towards organizing a spiritual retreat for both staff & students, which in turn helped each one of us to come closer to God in a unique & inspiring moment for all of us.
Moral philosophy & Religion classes are held every Friday in the respective classes to imbibe in our students, moral & ethical values to help them become better and responsible individuals.
First Friday mass is conducted every month in the auditorium where we have a huge gathering of staff & students to part take in the Eucharistic celebration. Recalling the birth of Mother Mary, Novena was held consequently until the 8th of September in the Con vent Chapel led by the Principal, staff and students.
The AICUF strive to train the youth to be sensitive towards the needs of the under privileged and marginalised; we, at Jyoti Nivas Pre-University college, have been carrying out this vision with dedication & faith through our various outreach programmes. Three of our AICUFers took part in the conference organized by the AICUF state council at St. Joseph’s Arts & Science College, Bangalore which helped to begin the AICUF activities effectively; our students presented a short movie based on the AICUF activities held in our college for the past years & also won the 3rd place in AICUF quiz.
The AICUF inauguration was hosted in our college with Fr. Sanjay Vincent as the Chief Guest, who also gave us an inspiring message; followed by the oath taking ceremony & presenting the plan of actions. The elected AlCUF union members were Ridhu Elizabeth Zacharias as the President, Dolly Juilet Pereira as the Vice – President, Rachel Lobo as the Treasures, Sarah Maria Gabriel as the Secreatary & Ann Tess Jay as the Assistant Secretary. With our goals set, the AICUFers & the staff made visits to various organizations for the underprivileged.
Our students regularly took part in the ANNADHANA programme at St. Anthon’s Friary where our volunteers assisted in serving meals.
GERIZM – a home for the intellectually challenged in Ejipura; children in this centre do not seek anything else from us other than love. A small gift like a balloon, a piece of cake or even a biscuit is always welcomed by these children with warm hugs & bright cheerful smiles.
We also visited the Old Age Home of the LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR on Hosur road. Our students shared their time with lonely senior citizens who in turns found tremendous joy in interacting with our students. The experiences of their lives and eyes filled with memories left us as changed people.
The memories each one of us take back from visiting these places can never be conveyed in words. It is surely something which can only be felt. It gives us the satisfaction & sense of joy, that we have touched someone’s life; even if it is as small as a smile on a child’s face or listening & talking to the aged. These visits left us with grateful hearts for the abundant blessings we are showered with.
The AICUF unit participated in the EXODUS fest organized by the CSA unit of St. Joseph’s Arts and Science College. Among many degree colleges they won the 1st place in Potter’s Hand, 2nd place in Photography, 3rd place in Street Play, Walk the Bible & Ice Breaker. They also took part in El-Shadaai, organized by Jyoti Nivas College Autonomous & won the 1st place in Treasure Hunt and Street Play.
In the month of November, in order to raise funds for the destitude we conducted a FOOD FEST & gathered a sum of Rs. 61,000. The Staff along with students from all the 20 sections organized a variety of food stalls, games, dance & other stalls to raise this fund. We convey our sincere thanks to all our friends & students for their generous contribution & a willingness to reach out to the needy. An amount of Rs.6, 000 was contributed for the Bread Centre in St. Anthony’s Friary.
As December 1st is observed as World Aids Day, the AICUF unit organized an assembly on 2nd December 2013 to create a general awareness of the issue among the students. Each student & staff member sported a badge to show their solidarity in fighting this deadly disease & to treat the affected with dignity. Badges were sold in all the respective classes & a collection of Rs. 10,000 was made & sent to St. Joseph community Centre, Kannoor.
On December 3rd 2013 an Inter-class Carol Singing competition was conducted by the AICUF unit. The students enthusiastically took part in it & brought out the essence of Christmas with their melodious & meaningful carols on stage and the entire campus was charged with the spirit of Christmas. The culmination of all our activities was the celebration of ‘CRESCENE’ on 19th December 2013. This was a much awaited and proud moment for all the AICUF members of Jyoti Nivas Pre-Unversity College. We had two special invitees with us on our campus during Crescens 2013, the Summanahalli Leprosy Rehabilitation Centre and Little Sisters of the Poor. We thank them for accepting our invitation & making ‘CRESCENS’ a memorable one.
For fund raising, we had cards prepared and distributed in all the respective classes. With a kind gesture of staff & students we were able to raise adequate funds for the events. I use this opportunity to thank our staff & students for their generosity & enthusiasm. I also express my sincere gratitude to our sponsor Mr. Arun Kumar Karodi – a parent of Ms. Merlyn Supriya from I SEBA ‘C’ for sponsoring the printing of cards.
My heart is filled with a sense of joy as I look back at the year’s activities. I thank the Almighty for giving each one of us an opportunity to be a part of this AlCUF unit. Though we may not have done things huge in proportion, yet a small help, a kind word, a smile, a hug which we have expressed to someone, has left me & my entire AICUF team with a sense of accomplishment. We thank our Lord for guiding us through all our activities & for choosing us to be a part of His ministry in this world.
I take this opportunity to thank our dear Principal Sr. Louisa Sebastian for her valuable guidance & unending support for the AICUF unit. I also express my sincere gratitude to Sr. Nathalia, Sr. Crystal, all the staff and support staff for their prayers, co-operation & help. A special thanks to the AICUF union & my team members – Serin, Janet, Smitha, Precilla, Christia and Swapna for shouldering my responsibility and for their constant effort and boundless service rendered throughout the AICUF activities whenever required.
– Mrs. Priya Rego