Shri Pranab Mukherjee graces the Golden Jubilee Celebrations at SJIM
SJIM celebrated its golden jubilee on 27 th of November 2018. Addressing the Golden Jubilee
celebrations Shri Pranab Mukherjee said “We live in a land of great civilization that preached
`Vasudaiva Kutumbakam’ or the world is a family,’’ Mukherjee said this emphasising the need for
``preserving, nurturing and celebrating India’s diversity.’’ India had come out of the darkness in its
early years when it had to import food grains to feed its millions as the country’s food grains
production was barely 45 million tonnes at the time of Independence. Now with 285 million tonnes
of food grains production, India is able to export and no longer needs to go foreign countries or
International Monetary Fund for funds. India has now become the 7th most industrialized nation
with 1.84 trillion dollars worth production and is the 6th nuclear power, space club member and third
Shri Pranab Mukherjee urged the management students and other professionals to come out with solutions to guide the industry and the political leaders to devise suitable investment and development strategies if the socio-economic needs of the people were to be suitably addressed.
Archbishop of Bangalore Dr Peter Machado, in his presidential address, lauded the visionary and missionary zeal and approach of the Jesuits in preparing the leaders of the future by working from the grassroots brick by brick.
Karnataka’s Cooperation Minister Bandeppa Kashempur, deputized for Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, warmly appreciated the contributions of the Jesuits in the education sector to all sections of society to meet its diverse needs. "Being compassionate and sensitive to the needs of the people to bring light in their dark and difficult existence is the challenge for the younger generation,’’ he said.
Archbishop Emeritus Dr Bernard Moras suggested that the Society of Jesus must take up the challenge of establishing an institution for training and education in civil service to prepare future leaders to serve the state and the country.
Prof Rajeev Gowda, MP and an alumnus, in his address said admitting him in the St Joseph’s educational institutions for his college education was the best gift that his parents gave him. "Ethical conduct and social responsibility are values to be cherished and practiced by all,’’. Congress MLA N A Harris was the guest of honour. Fr Dr Brian Pereira, Vice President of Bangalore Jesuit Educational Society, Fr Dr Stanislaus D’Souza, Provincial of Society of Jesus, and Fr Dr Manoj D’Souza, Director of the SJIM was also part of the celebration.