May Silver turn to Gold….
I remember the time when I was trying to make a decision about which college that I would like to enroll myself; and the choice was between St. Xavier’s and St. Andrews. Due to proximity to my residence I chose the latter. Today as I look back I believe that was a great decision.
St. Andrew’s, though in many ways for me was an extension of school, gave the individual the space and the opportunity to develop as a complete person to take on the challenges that the future had to offer.
Though there was a great emphasis on academics, there was an equal amount of emphasis on extracurricular activities, be it in the sports arena or the arts/culture. I think this enabled us to not only develop and hone our skills, but also provided us with ability to develop a healthy competitive spirit, which is so essential in today work culture. For me, I think the greatest plus point was the fact that 99% of the student population was Catholic coming from similar backgrounds and the feeling of being at ease and being able to connect with everyone in connect with every one in college was of immense comfort. I
was also impressed with fact we had a chapel in the premises and that a state-of-art Auditorium was being constructed.
I believe that an organization or an institution is only as good as the people who make it or work for it. I consider myself as extremely fortunate to have had professors who were not only brilliant in their knowledge of the subject and were great teachers, but were good human beings with a genuine concern
for their students. Therefore, for me to remember even after so many years of graduating, my professors.. Prof. Krishnaswami, Prof. Venkatkrishnan, Prof. Thakker, Prof. Braganza, Prof. Tavares, Prof. Gonsalves clearly shows that in Prof. Lilla D’Souza, St. Andrew’s found an able guide and principal. Of course, I can never forget the ever youthful administrator Mr. Johnnie Alves.The years that I spent in college are always fondly remembered by me and though I do not pass by the college very often, the day I do, I inadvertently get nostalgic. I owe a great deal of what I am today to St. Andrew’s and its staff. I can never forget St. Andrew’s because of an additional fact that is introduced me to my wonderful wife Reshma. What more could I ever have asked for.
I pray that Silver turns to Gold and may what I have learnt and experienced be felt by all those who pass through the portals of this esteemed institution.