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Villagers Rejoice At Opening of New Building For Loyola College At Manvi

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altBALLARI, JAN 18: Newly built four floor Loyola College building was declared open by Member of Parliament Oscar Fernandes Jan. 17 at Manvi in Raichur district.

Earlier Bishop of Bellary Henry D’Souza blessed the ne building. MLC Bosuraj and MLA Hanmpayya Naik unveiled the plaques.

In his message Bishop D’Souza lauded the work of the Karnataka Jesuits in imparting education to the much backward area of Manvi and surrounding villages. “Loyola College” will be an agent of social transformation of the district of Raichur”, declared Bishop of Ballari.

“Education should empower and transform the students belonging to backward communities, fostering leadership among the students”, Bishop stated.   

In his speech Oscar Fernandes stressed on the need of promoting social justice and bringing the fruits of development to the rural masses.

Provincial superior of Karnataka Jesuit Province Fr. Stany D’Souza sj,  superior of the Jesuit community at Manvi Fr. Francis and Raichur Member of Parliament Mr. Naik along with many priests, nuns and dignitaries were present o the occasion.

Jesuits are running two English Medium schools, a pre-university college and a senior college at Manvi. They are also providing pastoral care, running a school and a dispensary at Jagir Pannur.

The Loyola educational institutions at Manvi and Pannur are run by the Centre For no-Formal and Continuing Education for the education of Catholic youth, which has also been at the service of others without any distinction of caste or creed.

“Success in Loyola  is not defined just in terms of academic excellence, but in directing its educational efforts to make future leaders, with a holistic combination of intellectual prowess, social concern, personal and moral values, with the leaders marching towards building a just and equitable society”, stated Provincial Fr. Stany.

“Loyola College offers a wide range of course combinations for education and promises exciting and rewarding opportunities that ensure holistic development in a student”, said Principal Fr. Elvis.

“Jesuits of Karnataka Province are working in North Karnataka where a lot of exploitation has been taking place against dalits, the marginalized, and the devadasis. They chose to work among these people with the sole objective of liberating them from exploitation, so that they take their rightful place in society with dignity and self-respect. In order to achieve this goal they have adopted a multi-pronged approach: conscientizing the rural adults about their living conditions and exploitation by others; socio-economic schemes to empower them economically; and formal education”, said Fr. Francis, superior of the Manvi Jesuit community. 

Over 2000 students are being educated in these institutions. 

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