by Joyston Machado
NASHIK, JUNE 13, 2017: The community of Divyadaaan Nashik commenced its new academic year 2017-18 in keeping with the theme 'Christ be our Light', thus prompting students to interpret the Gospel, to help them move from darkness to light.
Father Philip Gonsalves, the Capuchin Provincial of the Maharashtra province presided over the holy Eucharist and invoked the guidance of the Holy Spirit to guide all stakeholders through the academic year. Students of Divyadaan, religious from neighbouring religious houses, teachers of the neighbouring schools and other well-wishers of Divyadaan were present.
The principal celebrant invited all the students to enter into a culture of learning, giving the example of the former President of India Dr Abdul Kalam and his spirit of initiative in helping people who had the desire to learn. He also made a special mention of how the staff would be great help in this endeavour to assist the students to grow in wisdom. Breaking the Word and interpreting the Gospel he enlightened the students on how this desire to learn would help them move from darkness to light.
Following holy Mass, students and staff gathered in the Vincent Vaz hall, with the FY.BPh brothers setting the tone for celebration by singing a choral piece entitled 'Christ be our light'. Father Robert Pen, the Rector, then welcomed the gathering and felicitated the guests. Father Bazaleo Tiexiera, the principal, then summed up the annual report, highlighting the major achievements of the year gone by.
Harold D'Costa, CEO of the Intelligent Quotient Security system, delivered the inaugural lecture on the issue of cyber crime. He began with a series of examples on how understanding the digital world has become a need of the hour, since many have become victims of it. He further explained the meaning of cyber crime and how it has affected everyone using social media.