The 28th Annual Academic Awards of the Bombay Catholic Sabha (BCS) was held on Sunday 16 December 2018 at St Michael Auditorium, Mahim. The president, Ms Rita D’Sa, encouraged the students to excel in their academic field and to move into careers that will make a difference to the country. She spoke about the various initiatives undertaken by the BCS, especially the IAS preparation which will soon enter the second phase. She also highlighted the need to make our vote “heard” in the General Elections 2019. Fr Felix D’Souza, the Ecclesiastical Advisor of the BCS, challenged the students to dream and to achieve. He explained how we need to put in effort to achieve success. He congratulated the parents present for motivating their children, and asked them to support their children in the achievement of their dreams. The Chief Guest, Fr George Athaide, Secretary of the Archdiocesan Board of Education, asked the students to reflect on the next step; learning must be applied to our choice of career. He asked the audience to be aware of one’s qualities and personality when making a career choice. He also proposed that some of those in the audience may choose vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The presentation of the Awards went smoothly; the entire presentation was completed in record time. Dr Christina Joseph, an awardee, spoke of the catalyst for her choice of career; she is today an MS in Orthopaedics. She reiterated that success does not come without ‘sweat’; but hard work pays off! Mr Denis D’Souza, a parent, thanked the BCS for organising the entire event. Mr Bento Lobo, Secretary General, presented the Vote of Thanks, thanking the Awards Committee
The event closed with the National Anthem.