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WOMEN’S DAY – Celebrating Alva’s International Women’s Day 2018

Theme: Press for Progress (adopted from the United Nations) | Date: on 12.03.2018

A conference was organized by Alva’s Institute of Technology and Engineering for the female students, staff and faculty of AIET, Alva’s College of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences and Alva’s Homoeopathic Medical College to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018.

Dr Claret Mendonca was the main Event Coordinator.  Mrs Jyothi,  Mrs Shiny, Mrs Sakshi Kamath, Mrs Reema, Dr Pavithra and Dr Sumith were the joint coordinators.

The invocation song was sung by MBA Students.

Dr Peter Fernandes, Principal of AIET presided over the function.  Dr Vanitha Shetty,  Principal of Alva’s College of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences, Mrs Meenakshi Alva, Mrs Jayashree Shetty were the guests of honour

The key speakers at the conference were Dr Priya Ballal, MD; Managing Director and Trustee of K. Pandyarajah Ballal Institutions; Vijaya Clinic Group Hospitals; Professor and Head at Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, KMC, Mangalore spoke on ‘Her Body’.  Dr Lavina Noronha, Founder Director at Ave Maria Palliative Care, Mangalore spoke on ‘Her Mind’ and Ms. Lakshmi Rao, Managing – Director of Manjunath Rubber Industries, Baikampady and CEO of Manjunath Tyresoles Pvt. Ltd. shared her experiences on ‘Her Business’ and success. Ms. Shilpa of Halli Mane Rottis narrated her ‘Life Story’.

Dr Claret Mendonca welcomed the gathering and Mrs Shakshi Kamath proposed the vote of thanks.

Poster Competition:

A poster competition was held as a part of the celebration. Fifty-One teams participated.

The Judges of the poster competition were Dr Zenica D’Souza, Medical Superintendent, Alva’s Ayurveda Medical College; Dr. Jenita, Associate Professor, Dept. of Biotechnology; and Dr Shruthi, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Organic Chemistry, Alva’s Centre for Post Graduate Studies and Research, Moodabidri.

Mr. Darshan and Mr. Manoj got first place. Ms. Dhanyashree and Ms. Madineni Manasa got the 2nd place and Ms. Gauthami got the 3rd place.

Felicitations and Award of Citations:

Dr Priya Ballal, MD, Managing Director and Trustee of K. Pandyarajah Ballal Institutions, Vijaya Clinic Group Hospitals, Professor and Head at Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore for her dedication and service to her students, patients and community. Leading Educationist top Gynaecologist for having devoted herself in helping the students get a good education and women receive proper health care.

Dr Lavina M. Noronha, MSW, M.Phil., PhD, Founder and Director of Ave Maria Palliative Care, Mangalore was recognised for setting up the first standalone  Palliative Care Unit/Hospice in this region.  As a founder trustee of Susheg Charitable Trust, coordinating with Mangalore’s suicide helpline providing solace to those in despair and anguish.

Ms Lakshmi M. Rao, Managing Director of Manjunath Rubber Industries, Mangalore and Chief Executive Officer of Manjunath Tyresoles Treads Pvt. Ltd. Mangalore being the only woman entrepreneur who has dared to enter into a male bastion the tyre retreading business.  She has excelled in the field of retreading and is now the market leader.

Ms. Shilpa, Entrepreneur of Halli Mane Rottis, Mangalore has ventured into the highly competitive food industry for securing her and her child’s future. She has now become a role model for all women and is a hit on social media. She started with no capital, education nor training, yet with sheer hard work and determination was able to succeed.


On 14-03-2016, the department organized Women’s Day, to recognize and celebrate Women who have been a great symbol of courage, sacrifice and dedication since time immemorial. The event began with the inaugural ceremony where the Chairman of Alva’s Education Foundation, Dr Mohan Alva highlighted the need to recognize the contributions of women towards society. Several prominent academicians and achievers attended the event.

On the occasion of Women’s Day, several well-known personalities were invited and they spoke on various issues concerning women of today. At the end of the day, Mr Karthik Kateel gave a demonstration on how women can defend themselves against possible attacks. Sessions from reputed personalities who have excelled in their chosen fields were held. Around 850 people, including students, faculty and general public participated in the event.