Village To College Foundation
"Enabling Dreams of Education"
News: Copyright Kishoo, Barkur 2002-2010.
Village to College Foundation Scholarships 2010
Two days of annual college festivities kicked off at Srimathi Rukmini Shedthi Memorial
National First Grade Government College with Annual Prize Distribution on 28th February
Formal stage function presided over by Prof.Rajashekhar Hebbar, Principal, Dr.Gabriel
Fernandes scholarships to the deserving students were distributed. Dr.Fernandes, through
his Village to College Foundation is distributing scholarships to the needy students who can’t
afford the expenses of the college education from the last couple of years. Once again this
year too about 45 students received a total sum of Rs.80000 through the foundation. Kishore
Gonsalves of www.barkuronline.com, distributed the Scholarships on behalf of Dr.
Fernandes. Sathish Poojary, President, Sthayee Samithi, Taluk Panchayath, Udupi, and
Chandrasekhar Shetty Nalkudru, President, Grama Panchayath Hanehalli , Dr. Gananath
Ekkar, Co-Coordinating Officer NSS, Mangalore University, Vishwanatha Shetty, Member
College Development Committee were the guests present on the stage.
An Appeal for Donation
In Moodahadu Village where Dr. Gabriel Fernandes was born, there are several poor families
who are lacking habitable housing to live in. Recently, Dr. Fernandes decided to give some
financial help to very needy families to help them to build their own houses. There is one
house (shown below) fully completed ready to be occupied which was fully funded by Dr.
Fernandes. However there are two more houses which are under construction and Dr.
Fernandes has given only partial funding but told the families to raise their own remaining
funds to complete the houses. We believe they can’t come up with any funds and each
family therefore is in need of some help to complete the houses. If anyone, with kind heart
wants to help them to complete the houses, can send some small amount to these needy
families. Please try to help them in some little way to complete the houses. Please contact
host Kishoo at his e mail id firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a basic foundation to a new house for a less fortunate family in Moodahadu village
where Dr. Gabriel was born and lived his first 17 years. This family has/had been surviving
on occasional job at the time of rice plantation, or harvest time, and perhaps washing dishes,
clothes, or cleaning yards for pittance from local brethren, who too are roughing it out. But in
between they have hardly any income. May be for want of support, enthusiasm, push or pull
they could not complete basic education to help move out of their birth soil. However, their
income is not even sufficient to find a single concave meal of congee, pickle, or a dried salted
This is different but similar situation family. They managed to add walls to their foundation.
Yes, obviously they need a roof before the next monsoon. I don’t care for the windows
because no one steals in my neighborhood. There has to be something to steal anyway,
folks! Even a crow does not pick up a two day old chick from a poor family. If at all a crow
has to eat a day old chick, the crow helps later on by alerting the approach of a snake, cobra
or an eagle by panic alarm crowing. Yes, we depend on each other, now this family seems to
be depending on you. Depending upon your spare-able income, depending upon your
compassion to a fellow human being, can this family depend on you for a fistful of Rupees?
Yes, as mentioned in the introduction, Dr. Gabriel donated some amount to this family too.
Yes, folks, this the just almost completed house which needs a face lift. Another door as this
one roof is shared by two closely knit joint families, but it’s good to have separate doors just to
avoid lung exploding or hoarse throat exercises! Dr. Gabriel gave over Rs. 70,000.00 so far for
What Dr. Gabriel gave to all these houses is just a fraction of the total cost. Apparently, they do
get and did get government help based on their economic circumstances of which I am not at
all familiar with. Obviously the Government help does not suffice. It’s an incentive to initiate a
foundation. Obviously, it’s obvious that these people need help. But how do you know that
they need help? Hence, Dr. Gabriel is passing out a begging bowl polished out of coconut
shell. Please place your third non-functioning watch, torn shirt or Saree, a fistful of rice or
horse grain, a coconut dried or impotent, or your disposable change, and if you can, please a
few Rupees too. Let it not be said, “Lord, I did know when you were homeless or hungry, Oh,
My God, look at you, I had no idea you have no clothes on!”
Some of you folks have been generous to our last appeal to support “Village to College
Foundation” Here is another opportunity for you to feel good for yourselves!
And thank you. Thank you, miss for these beautiful photographs. You know who you are!
-James Fernandes, USA
Dr.Sr.Consilia Fernades Memorial, Dr.Gabriel Fernandes Gold Medal
Instituted at Mangalore University.
Recently Dr.Gabriel Fernandes, a prominent
scientist and Professor of Medicine,
Microbiology and Physiology at the University
of Texas Health Science Center, SA, who was
on short visit to India, instituted Dr.Sr.Consilia
Fernades Memorial, Dr.Gabriel Fernandes
Gold Medal in the memory of his sister , Late
Dr.Sr. Consilia Fernandes for the 1st Rank
holder of Master of Human Resource
Development course in Mangala Gangothri,
Mangalore University. He donated Rs.50000 to
the university and Demand Draft was handed
over to the Vice Chancellor Prof. K.M.
Kaveriappa of Mangalore University.
The installation of the award and a guest lecture by Dr.Gabriel Fernandes was organized by
the Department of studies in Commerce, and Association of Mangala Gangothri Commerce
Alumni (AMCA) in the Old Senate Hall. Dr. Raghurama, Chairman of Department of studies in
commerce presided over the ceremony. Prof. Rajashekhar Hebbar, Principal of Smt.Rukmini
Shedthi Memorial, National Government First Grade College, and Secretary of AMCA
welcomed the gathering. Dr.Fernandes addressed the first and second year students of
M.Com, MHRD and MSM. He highlighted the importance of education and research. He also
introduced his Village To College Foundation.
Dr. Raghurama in his presidential address gave a brief profile of the commerce department
and its courses in the university. He also thanked Dr.Gabriel Fernandes for establishing the
gold medal in the name of his beloved sister , late Dr.Sr.Comsilia who was a well-known
Gynecologist at Vijayamarie Hospital, Hyderabad.
Ms. Shakira Irfana, final year student of M.Com conducted the proceedings and
Mr.Prameshwara, Faculty of Commerce proposed the vote of thanks.
Achievers honored at NPUC, Barkur
3 talented students from National Pre University College were honored for their excellence at a
function held recently at the college auditorium. Dr. Gabriel Fernandes, USA., Sudhakar Shetty,
Proprietor, Vasudha Chemicals , Mumbai and the Mega Sponsor of the Smt.Rukmini Shedthi
Memorial National First Grade Government College, Barkur and Kishore Gonsalves of
www.barkuronline.com were the chief guests. Krishnamoorthi Bhat, Principal, Dr.Manjunath
Somayaji, Secretary, Barkur Vidhyabhivardhibi Sangha, B.Seetharama Shetty, Retired Principal and
the correspondent of the college, B. Jayarama Shetty, President , Parent Teacher Association were
present on the stage.
Rohith, Ashwini and Sahana
Rohit Kumar J is the proud son of Jayaram & Shobha J, Maskibilu is currently studying at Pre
University scored 96% marks in SSLC Examination which was second highest in Udupi district. He
was recognized by Taluk & District level Principal’s association and from Rotary club. He was
also felicitated in prathibha karanji held in shimogga. Recently he got recognition from state
Government Kannada Abhivraddhi Pradhikara with cash rewards of Rs.8000 , certificate and
Ashwini Udupa is the daughter of Sathyanarayana & Girija S Udupa, of Koodli. She is a first year
student of science. She secured first place in Debate event organized by Udupi district co-
operative union on 25th December 2008. And she bagged the first place in state level debate event
held at Hampi on 10th February 2009. A natural orator , Ashwini is a multitalented and excels in
music and Bharathnatyam. She was the President of 8th Children’s Literary Convention last year
jointly organized by Swami Vivekananada Samskrithika Sangha and www.barkuronline.com and the
compeer for the 9th Children’s Literary Convention held in January this year.
A 9th standard student of the National High School Sahana is the proud daughter of Annappa &
Saroja A Nayak of Barkur. Very good in extra curricular activities, she got first place in Kubudo
Budocon Karate championship held at Hejamadi on 27th December 2008 and also got first place in
interstate Karate championship.
She also secured first place in State Level Karate Championship at Kundapur & Second place in
National Level Karate Championship.
Krishnamoorthi Bhat, Principal, welcomed the gathering and said that by honoring these talented
students they are inspiring other students of the college to excel in their field. B.Seetharama
Shetty, Retired Principal and the correspondent of the college introduced the chief guests and
said that he is happy to introduce these guests as all of them were the former students of the
National Pre University College. All the three achievers were honored with traditional shawls,
garland, and memento and fruits platter. Teacher Vasudeva Shetty proposed the vote of thanks.
Post Graduate Courses (M.Com and MSW)
inaugurated at Government College
In continuation of the annual festivities started from yesterday, the 11th Annual Day was celebrated at
Srimathi Rukmini Shedthi Memorial National First Grade Government College along with the
inauguration of the Post Graduate Courses M.Com and MSW from current academic year.
Srimathi Rukmini Shedthi Memorial National First Grade Government College is the only government
college to get 'B' Grade in NAAC accreditation in Udupi District and first rural government college to
start post graduation courses within a span of ten years.
The programme was started by hoisting the College Flag by chief guest on the occasion Dr. Gabriel
Fernandes, Professor of Medicine and Micro Biology, University of Texas, USA. B. Sudhakar Shetty,
Mega Donor of the college and Managing Director , Vasudha Chemicals Mumbai and Rukmini
Residency, Udupi, Haladi Shrinivasa Shetty, MLA, B.Shamtharama Shetty, President, Grama
Panchayath, Barkur, B.Seetharama Shetty, Retired Principal. NPUC, Barkur and V.L. Roche, President,
Vidyabhivardhini Sangha, Barkur were present on the occasion.
Later at the formal stage function presided over by Prof. Rajashekhar Hebbar, Principal, B.
Sudhakar Shetty, Mega Donor of the college and Managing Director , Vasudha Chemicals
Mumbai and Rukmini Residency, Udupi, accompanied by other guests on the stage symbolically
inaugurated the Post Graduate courses M.Com and MSW by lighting the lamps.
Krishnamoorthi Y.R. , Lecturer in
Accountancy, Kumari Asha, Lecturer in
Sociology, Umesh K. Lecturer in
Accountancy were felicitated by
B.Sudhakar Shetty as these lecturers
obtained their M.Phil degrees for their
thesis in their respective fields.
Dr.Gabriel Fernandes was felicitated with traditional shawl, garland, memento and fruits
platter for his various contributions to the development of college in the last 10 years.
Haladi Shrinivasa Shetty, MLA, did the honors.
Winners of the various completions in sports and cultural activities and the students who
excelled in academics were presented with prizes and certificates. Dr. Fernandes, Haladi
Shrinivasa Shetty, B.Shantharama Shetty , V.L. Roche distributed the prizes and certificates.
Two days festivities concluded with various cultural programmes presented by the students.
Prize Distribution Day at Government College
Two days of annual college festivities kicked off at Srimathi Rukmini Shedthi Memorial National
First Grade Government College with Annual Prize Distribution on 17th February 2009.
The programme was started by hoisting the College Flag by chief guest on the occasion Dr.
Gabriel Fernandes, Professor of Medicine and Micro Biology, University of Texas, USA. Later at
the formal stage function presided over by Prof.Rajashekhar Hebbar, Principal, Dr.Fernandes
distributed the scholarships to the deserving students. Dr.Fernandes, through his Village to
College Foundation is distributing scholarships to the needy students who can’t afford the
expenses of the college education from the last couple of years. Once again this year too about
45 students received a total sum of Rs.80000 through the foundation. Kishore Gonsalves of
www.barkuronline.com, Sathish Poojary, President, Sthayee Samithi, Taluk Panchayath, Udupi,
and Chandrasekhar Shetty Nalkudru, President. Grama Panchayath Hanehalli and Himakara
Shetty, President of the Parent Teacher’s Association were the guests present on the stage.
Winners of the various competitions in sports and
cultural activities and the students who excelled in
academics were presented with prizes and
certificates. Dr. Fernandes, Kishore Gonsalves,
Satheesh Poojari, Chandrashekara Shetty and
Himakara Shetty distributed the prizes among the
Principal Rajshekar Hebbar introduced Dr. Gabriel
Fernades and his achievements. Dr. Fernandes
addressed the students and said he will always
ready to help for those needy students for their
college education. He stressed on the importance
of having graduate and post graduate degrees in
today’s competitive world and urged students
specially girls to pursue higher education as much
Various cultural programmes were presented by
students. Annual College Day function is scheduled
Kudru Extension of Dr. Gabriel Fernandes
Road inaugurated at Moodahadu
The newly built extension road running from one end to the other of Moodahadu Kudru , from the
new bridge to the proposed linking bridge to Bennekudru, entirely built by the funds provided by
Dr.Gabriel Fernandes on villagers request was inaugurated at a simple but very well attended
function at Moodahadu Kudru organized by Moodahadu Road Development Committee .
Earlier a foundation stone ceremony for a small house for a poor family at Pandeshwar which is also
aided by Dr.Fernandes was held at Pandeshwar. Rev. Fr. R.C.M. Aranha blessed the premises and
Dr.Fernandes laid the foundation stone
The extension of the road was inaugurated jointly by Jayaprakash Hegde, former MLA an Dr.
Gabriel Fernandes by cutting the ribbon at the starting point of the road extension. Shankar
Kundar, Member, Jilla Panchayath , unveiled the name plate of the Dr.Gabriel Fernandes Road.
Later at the formal stage function held at Kudru, Moodahadu Road Development Committee
felicitated Dr.Fernandes with traditional shawl, garland and fruits platter for his generous gift in
the form of this road to villagers. Jayaprakash Hegde did the honors on behalf of the villagers.
Kishoo, Barkur of www.barkuronline.com, V.L. Roche, Shankar Kundar, Member, Jilla
Panchayath, Kumari Baby, President, Pandeshawara Panchayath, Prof.Rajshekahar Hebbar,
Principal, Smt.Rukmini Shedthi Memorial Government First Grade College, Barkur and Prathap
Chandra Shetty, President, CA Bank , Sasthan and Member , Pandeshwara Panchayath were
present as guests on the occasion.
Alwyn Andrade conducted the proceedings and proposed the vote of thanks on behalf of the
Road Development Committee. The villagers expressed their wish of getting constructed the
proposed bridge connecting this new road to the Bennekudru ring road , which once
completed will provide a direct road connection between the Moddahadu-Pandeshwar to
Barkur. Former MLA Jayaparaksh Hegde promised to get it done within his means and Jilla
Panchayath Member Shankar Kundar announced that the potable water project for the village is
sanctioned and will materialize soon.