Dr. Gabriel Fernandes a renowned research Scientist, hailing from Moodahadu, Barkur, now settled in US, has instituted a novel programme, ‘Village to College’, to encourage promising students, by way of Scholarship since last 15 years. In the initial years the beneficiaries mainly from Barkur and those furthering their studies in NJC and Barkur Govt. College (RSNFGC), and in the later years the scheme was extended to Milagres College, Kallianpur and SMS First Grade College, Brahmavara. Thus far couple of hundred deserving students, mainly with a village background and hailing from economically poor families, who were aspiring higher studies, were benefited from this endowment scheme.
Locally, Mr. Kishore Gonsalves, Prop. ‘Kishoos Enterprises’ and franchisee of ‘Daijiworld’ Udupi region, manages the Fund and the selected and recommended recipients by the respective heads of institutions were distributed for the academic year 2018-19.
The cash awards comprise Rs. 3000/- per student, 12 students from Milagres, 12 from SMS and 6 from Barkur, totaling an amount of Rs. 90,000/- were handed over to the respective Principals on 17th February, 2020. While thanking Dr. Gabriel Fernandes, in accepting the awards, Dr. Vincent Alva Principal, Milagres College and Ms Vidyalatha, Vice Principal SMS College expressed their satisfaction and yeoman service in the furtherance of education. Prof. Joseph Fernandes, Head of Department of Chemistry, Milagres College, Kallianpur, Archibald Furtado, Executive Board member of Milagres Alumni Association, Alwyn Andrade, President, Former Students Association, SMS College, Brahamavara, Daniel Monteiro, SMS College, Brahmavara, Robert Rodrigues, Dept of History, SMS College, Brahmavara were present at the occasion.