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To begin the new academic year 2022-23, first year MBA students of St Aloysius College, AIMIT, Beeri, attended a two-day orientation programme on December 2-3. The resource person was Fr Anush D’Cunha SJ.

On the first day, the session began with a short prayer led by Fr Jason Martis SJ. Dr Rajani Suresh, dean of MBA, addressed the students on the purpose and importance of the orientation programme. She said that the orientation is held to orient the students before beginning their academic year. She also said that the orientation will give students an idea about the aim, the purpose and the uniqueness of Jesuit education.

Fr Anush, the resource person, through various icebreakers, action songs and group activities made the students mingle with each other. In the first session he emphasised on making right choices in life and in the second he spoke on broadening the horizon by respecting, appreciating and learning from all cultures. He said that Aloysius which has the heritage of forming students for the last 142 years is one such place where the students get an opportunity to meet people from various cultures and asked the students to rise above the cultural, linguistic and religious barriers.

On the following day Fr Anush began by explaining the characteristics of Jesuit education and shared with the students the vision and mission of St Aloysius institutions. He said that Jesuit education forms men and women for and with others as it helps in developing convictions, analysing situations and critical thinking in life. At the end he spoke on the pedagogy of Jesuit education. “The value of Jesuit education is centred around the human person. Jesuit education seeks to form the person, the whole person, the person-for-others, the reflective person, the magis person and the team person,” he said. Finally, teaching the students the practice of discernment in life, Fr Anush cautioned them to guard themselves against all forms of distractions that constantly pull them apart in life and focus on things that matter. All students took active part in the sessions. The orientation ended with a vote of thanks proposed by Fr Alwyn D’Souza SJ, campus minister.