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The meeting was called to order by the President Ian Lewis as the quorum requirement had been met. On the dais were (left to right) Secretary Rajeev Shenoy, President Ian Lewis and Principal Fr. Sunil Fernandes.
MINUTES OF THE EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING
OF THE OLD BOYS’ ASSOCIATION
OF ST. JOSEPH’S BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL, BANGALORE
HELD ON SUNDAY, 1
st DECEMBER 2019
AT THE XAVIER AUDITORIUM, SJBHS
The meeting was called to order by the President Ian Lewis as the quorum requirement had been met. On
the dais were (left to right) Secretary Rajeev Shenoy, President Ian Lewis and Principal Fr. Sunil Fernandes.
Principal Fr. Sunil led the House in an opening prayer.
President Ian Lewis addressed the gathering, “Welcome Old Boys. Welcome Father Principal.
Welcome to this EGM. I am grateful for your presence today. Before we begin, I would like to say a
few words. The Articles of Association (AOA), that we will consider today, have come about after a
great deal of hard work by the Drafting Committee, which was put together by Jimmy Anklesaria,
Irfan Razack and Ian Faria. They are responsible for the committee’s existence and I’m grateful that
they have made it happen. Without Jimmy Anklesaria’s push, we would not even have gone down
this road, so we are indeed grateful to him. Ian has gone much further and captained the committee.
He has been our gracious host for the past 15 months, he’s extended every facility to us and we have
shamelessly taken advantage of him, his office and everything he has given us. Ian, thank you. I must
tell you the deliberations, on the committee, have been lively at best. With different perspectives
being brought to bear, Ian has kept us focussed and united in a lively manner. Throughout the last
15 months that we have been on the committee, I’ve not seen a single instance where somebody
lost respect for the other person on the committee. Johnny J. Nereyeth has been the architect of the
committee. He has drafted and re-drafted the Mem-Arts. He has tirelessly researched so many
alumni associations and pulled several all-nighters to get this together. He gave every single person
on the drafting committee a tremendous amount of homework reading but he must have done
some 200 manhours in conferences and about 3 times of that in his own homework. Johnny, thank
you. Ian Faria and Johnny have practically lived and breathed this document. They have also fought
and reconciled with each other multiple times; today, the reconciliation is yet to happen but it is
always done keeping in mind the interest of St. Joseph’s and the OBA. These two are responsible for
the draft you see before you today. For their dedication and effort, I’m indeed grateful. Others in the
drafting committee have contributed their experience and world-view. Piklu has recently retired
from the civil services and now serves in the Telecom Appellate Tribunal. Hemchandra Basappa, a
great friend of the under-privileged; he had the best intelligence of what was happening outside the
committee although he is not on any social media. Krish, Gurmeet, Nadeem, Zaki and Franklin – Past
Presidents, have all led the OBA for many years together. They all run their own businesses and have
brought their own perspectives to the OBA. Siddharth Raja, the lights shine off him and Dhanya,
both practising lawyers. Llewellyn Rego who has been of great help to us. Llewellyn Rego came and
volunteered to join us on the committee for which I am indeed grateful. Thank you very much. I
don’t expect you all to agree with everything that this drafting committee proposes before you
today but we all owe them a debt of gratitude for their effort. Please give them all a big hand.”
[Ian Faria in turn informed the House that Ian Lewis was also part of the meetings and WhatsApp
groups of the drafting committee and has been of tremendous help with his legal knowledge. He
also mentioned that it is great that Ian is chairing this EGM.]
“You have all read the Mem-Arts and noticed that there are a few amendments to the Mem-Arts.
The heart and soul of the original Articles and the Memoranda have been kept intact. The changes
that have been made are to the Managing Committee, its election and functioning, the
categorization of the Old Boys’ donations and the Governance Committee. It’s here that I would like
to pause for a moment and say that at the end of this meeting, I’d like as many of you who are
interested to go to the OBA Office and Aditya Kaura, who is our Joint Treasurer this year, will walk
you through the accounts in brief and give you an overall idea of what is happening at the OBA and
what is happening with our money. To get back to this meeting, most edits to the Mem-Arts are of
minor consequence or just attempts to get consistency in the Articles or to achieve some elegance of
drafting. You may follow each Article from the Mem-Arts from the printed books or the projections.
After each Memorandum or Article, I will seek your approval before moving on to the next. There
are two microphones with Charlie (Charles Raj) and Sparrow (Praveen Rodrigues). I will take two
questions at a time or if there are two interventions. Pease keep your interventions brief for a
minute or so. Johnny will address your interventions on technical or accounting matters. Ian Faria
will address interventions on most other matters.”
“Without further ado, let me begin on a point of order. The previous draft of the Mem-Arts was
circulated in the OBA Annual Report of 2018-2019. However, that meeting has been adjourned to
“The previous Mem-Arts have been amended with some minor alterations after we received some
interventions from well-wishers and other Old Boys. I would like to take the permission of this
General Body to consider the Mem-Arts that were circulated and what you have with you today in
place of the previous Mem-Arts that were circulated along with the Annual Report of 2018-2019.
Can I have a proposer and seconder for this?”
Llewellyn Rego proposed and Yeshwant Gurjer seconded the same and was carried by the General
“The proposal is to examine and perhaps adopt the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the
OBA which the Secretary Rajeev published on November 12th, 2019 in the booklets before you. I take
it as carried. Johnny and Ian please come forward. Please turn to Appendix B in the booklets you
have before you. Appendix A says Old Boys’ Association of St. Joseph’s Boys High School, this is the
updated and revised Memorandum and Articles of Association. You will find that the Appendix A of
Old Boys’ Association of St. Joseph’s Boys High School Articles of Association – this is what we
propose to bring into force in this meeting. It would be more productive to turn to Appendix B,
which has the comparison of the existing, the proposed and the explanatory notes. In the
Memorandum of Association (MoA), we have proposed an additional paragraph as a preface to the
Mem-Arts and we have also changed the serial number 2 which is a preamble to the Mem-Arts to
give the OBA charter some historical background. You will find that the information that is taken at
serial number 2 has been sourced from Chris Rego’s book, Faith and Toil. At serial number 3, there is
a brief history and the evolution of the School and the OBA as per the College and School annuals.
May I take serial numbers 1, 2 and 3 as adopted?”
Sunil Pichamuthu (batch of 1995) – “In Appendix A it says that the school has been under the
management of the Bangalore Jesuit Educational Society (BJES) since 1937 while in Appendix B it
says that it is under the management of the Society of Jesus. So which is the correct Appendix for
Llewellyn Rego (batch of 1967 – Senior Cambridge batch) – “Appendix A is the overall or composite
proposal for amendment to the MoA. In the run-up under the preamble indicates that since 1937
the School has been under the management of the BJES. Now this is a variation from what was
indicated earlier. BJES came into existence in 1973 so technically this line is factually incorrect and it
needs to be deleted from your proposal. If you are going by the proposed correction then the
correction will stand.”
President stated that the Appendix B mentions the proposal as the School is under the management
of the Society of Jesus. “Serial number 3 is the brief history and evolution of the school. May I take
serial numbers 1, 2 and 3 as adopted?”
Proposed SERIAL NUMBERS 1, 2 AND 3 were unanimously adopted by the House.
President turned to serial number 4 – “The insertion of the word ‘NOW’ in the line – an institution
now administered by the BJES. May I take serial number 4 as adopted?
Proposed SERIAL NUMBER 4 was unanimously adopted by the House.
President stated that serial numbers 5, 6, 7 and 8 have been retained as-is and asked if the same
could be adopted?
Hemchandra Basappa (batch of 1969) stated that in serial number 6 the aims and objectives have
been left out as there is no more a relationship between the School and OBA activities.
John Nereyeth (batch of 1974) said Hemchandra’s query is with reference to a draft that we worked
on in 1999 and we had a lot of discussions and at that time we decided to retain the old objectives in
the Memorandum which has been there since 1919, because the Memorandum simply stated as it is
now, covers all the point-wise objectives, those point-wise objectives have never really been
adopted by the OBA. That was in a draft that somehow got printed into the final MoA. In fact, I think
it’s the OBA of the Indian High School that was started in 1930 and it was brought up in the year
1999 or 2000 if we should adopt the same thing and it was agreed that we would stick to whatever
we had and to what exists in our current objectives, is given under serial number 6 and that we
haven’t changed at all.
Hemchandra again stated that he was referring to what was on the website. He said that the present
aims and objectives have no relationship with the school but only related to the Old Boys.
Johnny again stated that what was on the website was not from the MoA adopted by the AGM in
the year 2000. He said that they had to go by what they had on record because what was put on the
website was a proposed MoA and AoA which was never adopted.
Ian Faria clarified by saying, “It says in the first line itself ‘the OBA has been formed to bring into
closer union and friendship, all former pupils of St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School, and perpetuate their
interest and connection with their Alma Mater.’ So that is actually a very broad-based clause…and
the manner in which the stated objectives have been achieved shall be determined by the members
from time to time.’ So there is a lot of scope for us to do all of those objectives as we are not
restricted by this. Actually, we are empowered by this and this is a large vista that we can use. It is to
do with the school and if you look at the rest of the things, you will know better than most people
here that it is to foster the relationship with the School and to make sure that the School benefits.
That’s our objective plus camaraderie between Old Boys. All that is covered in this simple wording.
We don’t have to go point by point but if you want perhaps it could be introduced in the by-laws
with the permission of the Chair.”
Llewellyn Rego (batch of 1967) informed the House that they had submitted a counter proposal to
the Secretary but the same has not been taken into account or circulated to the body. He stated that
they had highlighted the areas which are inadequate and deficient and also provided for an
arrangement whereby they could formally communicate with the BJES wherever it is legally possible.
Ian Faria stated that this was brought to the notice but last minute changes were getting difficult to
handle all at once so he suggested Llewellyn Rego to give a gist of his proposal at the EGM so it could
be taken into consideration.
Llewellyn Rego (batch of 1967): said, “In essence, I’m with Ian Faria on these issues because it is an
elaborate document running into several pages and if we were to debate each and every rule that
we are seeking to propose, delete or modify, it could keep us here for days. I have spent a lot of time
on this particular issue, and I have summarized what my appreciation of the document that was
initially placed before the General Body for consideration was. I had initially pointed out that there
was a particular rule there which said any Old Boy being prosecuted would be given membership
after completing his prison term. These were issues that really hurt me very much because students
here are not geared up to go to jail and come back and even if it was so it is not for us to highlight it
in an official document relating to our association. So I suggested we removed that. Now, here the
main difficulty is that it is true that we are under the grace and aegis of the BJES which started in the
year 1973. I have also produced, along with the counter proposal draft that we gave them, the
registration certificate of the BJES. Now the preamble basically, according to me , is a document that
explains the rationale with which the society has been formed, not a historical perspective which
needs to be put in a document. What is it that we are trying to do with this document? That is the
preamble. Now, unfortunately for years there has not been very much to do with the constitution of
the association because it was a very nominal document which extended to only 2 or 3 pages and we
have survived with that document for 100 years without seeing any need for any amendment in any
area. I was in the committee in the late sixties and Secretary in the seventies and counsel for the
BJES. What I felt was that the aims and objectives should be specified so I have said that ‘the aims
and objectives of the association shall be to bring into closer union and friendship all alumni of the
educational institution formerly known and called St. Joseph’s College later known as St. Joseph’s
European High School and currently known as St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School and to perpetuate the
interest and connection with the Alma Mater and additionally to help carry out improvements,
funds, scholarships and execute any other beneficial acts therein and promote any other objective to
general interest and usefulness which may be decided upon from time to time with a general body
of members. To endeavour, to promote a strong bonding in love, camaraderie and fellowship
amongst members. To ensure that they are men and women for others and that they will function as
partners in the Jesuit effort of forming human beings grown to their full potential, freed from
bondage and who would surrender themselves to the service of others. To adopt and perpetuate as
its motto, the adage To give and not to count the cost. To promote and give effect to wherever
legally possible the objectives of the society known and called BJES. To invite and accept donations,
subscriptions, gifts and legacies with or without conditions for the ultimate benefit of the
association. To assist, subscribe or cooperate with any other public body whose objectives are
similar to those of the association and whose objectives shall be achieved without involving any
activity for profit. To acquire, hold or dispose in any manner whatsoever fit immovable property or
properties. I have added this due to an issue that happened in 1977. This document may have to go
to many authorities in the future for interpretation. We cannot leave these interpretations which
can be done only in an AGM here or EGM. If the authorities view this in a different way, we could
land in trouble with their interpretations. Therefore, I suggested that we quantify, qualify and
distinctly explain what our aims and objectives are. Therefore, I set out all these aims and objections
to meet future difficulties than rather leave it to debate and subjective consideration. Therefore, in
counter I would propose that, what we have suggested in these 6 specific instances which will also
enable us to interact with the BJES and enable us to acquire immovable properties if we want, to be
adopted as the aims and objectives of the association.”
President asked if the serial number 6 could be adopted as is with no changes from the previous
aims and objectives as they have had it for many years.
Serial No. 6 was adopted by the House by voice vote.
SERIAL NUMBER 7 was adopted by the House by voice vote.
President stated that serial number 8 which deals with property also be adopted as suggested by the
Fathers at the Jesuit Nivas, “the movable property of the OBA shall be held in the name of the
Principal of St. Joseph’s Boys High School, Bangalore. Any immovable property shall be held in the
name of the BJES.”
Lennold D’Almeida (batch of 1994) asked if the movable property includes digital property. President
confirmed that it does.
Shubendu Ghosh (batch of 1969) wanted to address one of the concerns of Llewellyn. He said that
the BJES is a registered society under the Karnataka Societies Act and the BJES has, in good faith,
asked us to run the OBA which we have been doing diligently. He also stated that the paper puts
certain things down which shows possible diligence and transparency but buying property can be
done only once the OBA becomes a society by ourselves. Personally, I think that we should continue
running the show for the BJES as we have been doing all these years.
Llewellyn Rego: “President, the issue of the property being held in the name of the principal of St.
Joseph’s Boys High School was objected to us technically on the ground. Personally, I have no
objections to anybody holding the property of the association of a passage of some of these
amendments which don’t really detract from our basic structure. The issue here is in view of what
has been suggested in item 5 of the AoA, it nowhere in any aims or objectives indicates that you
would have immovable property or you were authorized to hold immovable property, other than in
this document. To expand that idea and to ensure than it was enforceable I provided in the aims and
objectives for the OBA to be in a position to buy property because just in case, with no offence to
anyone, we were asked to leave from here then where do we go? If we can buy immovable
property, we can set up our own establishment there if the need for it arises. Now to answer
Shubendu’s query, the BJES has not been managing the OBA since inception because the BJES was
formed in 1973 and the OBA is a hundred years old and have been following a corporate structure.
Every year we have an AGM where minutes of the last year are read out, with the President’s report
and accounts presentation, all of which are passed by the OBA not by the BJES. How do you explain
that? We have been functioning as a corporate structure all these years and now the question arises
as why we need to change that. This particular provision in item 5 conflicts with several other
provisions in the guiding principles in the AOA. (Item 5.1.2) – According to this, if the bank accounts
are in the name of the association, how does it come in the name of the Principal? (Rule 2.6) –
According to this, and item 3, if an honorary member is the Principal of the school and cannot
actively participate in the AGM/EGM, then how can he as a Treasurer present or clarify the
accounts? Even the financial plans proposed say that your money shall be in the name of the
association. So when this is the question, who is to answer these questions on accounts? The
Treasurer has no authority to speak, he cannot participate in the general meeting. I, therefore,
suggested that we create a board of trustees where we would have the BJES in large presence, 6
members from there and 9 members from the general body here so that we can keep control of our
monies and at the same time pay deference to the BJES. That is why in our proposal we have come
out with a board of trustees and also under the Karnataka Societies Act, a board of trustees is a body
that is countenanced and is given statutory recognition to and with a board of trustees with our
members as well as the BJES we are hand in hand with them. If they have anything to speak on
behalf of the BJES, that is the conduit for us. At the same time we can simultaneously explain our
position and keep control of our monies. The other issue is how can the BJES be accounting for our
monies? They may have been doing it all these years but is it the right thing to do? Today if we are
correcting our constitutional document then we should correct these areas of awareness and show
that we don’t have any difficulties arising as a result of this. So therefore I’ve pointed out the issue
with regard to these conflicts with other provisions of the AoA. The rules of the Karnataka Societies
Act are not documented here but have to be followed by all means. Rest is up to you.”
President thanked Llewellyn Rego for making it short and reminded everyone that for 100 years they
have been founded by the Jesuit Fathers and have been a part of the school. Also, it is true that in
the Karnataka Education Act only a PTA committee is mandated but an alumni association is not
mandated. However, the school has been forward thinking and has had a vigorous alumni
association for all these years. He reiterated the question by Llewellyn Rego, “Do we wish to
separate from the school or do we want to remain a part of the school?”
Sunil Rasquinha (batch of 1995) wanted to clarify if the OBA existed legally in any form or is a ghost
organization. He said that if they are only an association with no legal rights, they cannot own
anything. But as the OBA has been a part of the school and existed in trust with the Fathers for so
many years without having the Jesuits disrupt anything, he thinks that it would be wrong to just try
and separate from the BJES in order to become a body by itself.
President confirmed that the OBA is not registered and not an association of persons or a trust. He
confirmed that the OBA is a virtual organization. He repeated his question to the House.
Llewellyn Rego wanted to clarify that he did not propose to abandon or separate from the BJES in
anyway. He suggested having a board of trustees with people from the BJES and the OBA on it so
that the OBA is a stronger body.
By voice vote, the House unanimously decided to continue being a part of the school.
By voice vote, the House unanimously decided to adopt serial number 8 which deals with
property, as “the movable property of the OBA shall be held in the name of the Principal of St.
Joseph’s Boys High School, Bangalore. Any immovable property if acquired shall be held in the
name of the BJES.”
President thanked the House and referred to serial number 9 which talks about dissolution which
has a minor punctuation change.
Llewellyn Rego (1967) suggested that on dissolution, the funds be transferred to the BJES instead of
being transferred to the School.
A. G. Krishnaswamy (batch of 1972) agreed with Llewellyn that on dissolution, the funds be
transferred to BJES and in turn be transferred to the School.
Vasanth Fernandes (batch of 1985) proposed that the change be from St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School
Aditya Kaura (batch of 1991) stated that even today, all the funds and accounts are already in the
name of the BJES so the funds should be transferred to the school as that is the other entity.
Girsh Punja (batch of 1975) asked if the St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School was the only institution under
the BJES. If no, then if the OBA is dissolved, he felt that the money should go to St. Joseph’s Boys’
High School and not to the BJES as the OBA was part of St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School and not any
other institution under the BJES.
The President proposed serial number 9 as follows, “Dissolution upon winding up or dissolution of
the OBA, the entire funds and other property of the association shall be given/transferred to the
BJES, to be utilized for the benefit of the School.”
By voice vote, the House unanimously adopted SERIAL NUMBER 9.
President stated that Serial number 10 has been taken from the General Clauses Act. He said he
received a communication from the UK chapter, whose President is Akhila Jayaram, who has asked
the House to be inclusive of all genders in their language rules. President stated that point 1.1
elaborates GENDER as inclusive of all genders, masculine and feminine.
Llewellyn Rego proposed that the word ‘interpretation’ be changed to ‘GLOSSARY’. The same was
seconded by Siddharth Raja thereby passing SERIAL NUMBER 10 by voice vote.
By voice vote, the House unanimously adopted SERIAL NUMBER 10.
President referred to serial number 11 – Membership of the association – Eligibility – the addition
being at (c) – ‘the minimum age to be admitted as a member of the OBA is 15 years’. He said that the
thinking is that even if you have studied for 6 months in the school you can become a member of the
OBA. He said that as the school presently ran from LKG to 12th Std. and if a child has left the school in
th std, he would technically not be denied membership and he would get membership ahead of his
class as the typical age of graduation was 15 years. He said that Llewellyn Rego suggested the age be
changed to the legal age of 18 instead. He asked the body if they would adopt the change.
Llewellyn Rego said that technically it would be incorrect to say 15 years but could include the clause
‘represented by his guardian’ as a minor cannot get into any contract. He said that there are duties,
liabilities and rights of a member so it cannot be denied that the member has no rights.
Sunil Rasquinha stated that as the OBA is a virtual organization, it does not enter into any contract
with the members but only allows them to be members of the association.
Nadeem Ahmed (batch of 1970) asked what happens to the students to pass 10th Std. if the age
increases to 18 years.
Piklu said that he understands where Llewellyn Rego is going with this, because if somebody comes
in at 15 years, at 16 he becomes an MC Member and signs an agreement, that document will be
Siddharth Raja (batch of 1990) suggests the use of the clause ‘subject to applicable law’ so that in
certain situations, a call can be taken accordingly.
Vasanth Fernandes (batch of 1985) said that when one is less than 18 years, they are voting for
dissolution and many other things so he suggested mentioning that certain obligations cannot be
given to them until one is 18 years of age.
Santosh Naidu also asked the same as Nadeem and further questioned how the fees would be
Dr C. S. Rajan (batch of 1969) suggested that from 15 years the students can become associate
members until they are eligible to stand for election and other things at the age of 18.
Dr. Bryan Nobbay felt that students could join at the age of 15 and then at the age of 18 have full
benefits of being a member.
Franklin Antonat (batch of 1988) inquired if it will be an automatic transition from associate member
to full member without having to re-register them.
Ian Faria agreed that what Llewellyn Rego and Siddharth Raja said were bang on target legally but
suggested that the proposal remain simple as the OBA is not a legal entity so when there is an issue,
it can be tackled with good sense.
Vasanth Fernandes reiterated his point.
President read the proposed as follows, “the minimum age to be admitted as a member of the OBA
is 15 years, and the minimum age to be admitted to the MC is 18 years.”
The House adopted SERIAL NUMBER 11, by voice vote, the point as is subject to the addition ‘and
the minimum age to be admitted to the MC is 18 years.’
President referred to serial number 12 and 13 which have no changes except for the numbering.
The House adopted SERIAL NUMBER 12 and 13 as passed unanimously.
President referred to serial number 14 which involves the deletion of point 2 under it and thanked
Llewellyn Rego for pointing it out.
The House adopted SERIAL NUMBER 14 unanimously.
President referred to serial number 15 in which the Articles have been renumbered and the fees
have been revised. He read that Patron Membership has been increased from Rs. 5,000/- to Rs
Jayant Kapadia (batch of 1961) suggested that some token be given to Patron Members in case of
increase in the membership fees.
President mentioned that the goodness of being a part of the OBA is that a recent graduate can go
to someone who has graduated 30 years ago and have a conversation with him. He also said he was
against the distinction and badges being given to Old Boys whether they have been generous to the
OBA or not because if one has decided to become a Patron Member, it was because of the
generosity of their wallets and goodness of their hearts.
Bryan Nobbay inquired why the graduating member fees were mentioned as Rs. 500/- when they
are actually supposed to pay Rs. 1000/-.
President clarified that it was changed with the thinking that at some point of time the OBA would
have to pay that fee on behalf of the Jesuit Fathers or teacher who was to come into the school. He
inquired if the House wanted the fees to be mentioned as Rs. 1,000/-. He read out the fees for all as
follows, “Members of the Clergy – no fee. Graduating students – Rs. 500/-. Others – Rs. 1,000/-.
Patron members – Rs. 10,000/-
Biju John (batch of 1995) wanted to know who the ‘others’ were.
President clarified that on previous occasions there were retired teachers who have been
Secretaries of the OBA and also honoured a couple of teaching staff with honorary membership. So
‘others’ were people who did not graduate from St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School.
Vishwas Basavaraj (batch of 1995) wanted to know why there was an existence of patron
membership at all. Why the discrimination when whoever wants to contribute can contribute
President clarified that this was not a discrimination that is why he was against having badges and
distinctions for them. He confirmed that this was an intelligent way of raising funds for the OBA.
Ian Faria included that if someone wanted to contribute more, then no one should stop him and that
a differently named membership wouldn’t make a difference.
Llewellyn Rego said that he was present when the resolution regarding patron membership was
passed in the general body meeting. He also mentioned that this was proposed by Jimmy Anklesaria
and it had a rider with it which said, ‘the patron was entitled to free breakfast and free lunch on OBA
day.’ He also said that he felt it was unsound because it felt like an investment for which they were
getting a benefit in return.
A. G. Krishnaswamy (batch of 1972) agreed that he was also against the extra benefits given to the
patron members but whenever he brought it up at the AGMs, it was shot down so only the general
body could change or retain this.
Siddharth Raja (batch of 1990) suggested that the MC could make a decision on the increase from
time to time.
President repeated and inquired if the serial number 15 could be adopted as follows, “Members of
the Clergy – no fee. Graduating students – Rs. 500/-. Others – Rs. 1000/-. Patron members – Rs.
The SERIAL NUMBER 15 was adopted by the House unanimously.
President referred to serial number 16 which said, “The MC may invite any person to become an
honorary member of the OBA, if a person would be able to guide and assist in the furtherance of the
objectives of the association. Such a membership may be for a specified period.” The last line was
deleted and read as “The MC cannot invite people to become honorary members of the OBA.”
Narendra Baliga (Batch of 1978) suggested that the Rector be made an Honorary Member.
The House adopted SERIAL NUMBER 16 unanimously.
President referred to serial number 17 which has no changes except for the numbering.
The House adopted SERIAL NUMBER 17 as passed unanimously.
President referred to serial number 18 which has no changes except for the numbering and rearrangement of the clause.
The House adopted SERIAL NUMBER 18 as passed unanimously.
President referred to serial number 19 where the official and financial year have not changed.
The House adopted SERIAL NUMBER 19 as passed unanimously.
President referred to serial number 20 ‘funds and income arising from investments’ point number
5.4 ‘corpus funds’. He said that there will be a change in the nomenclature where the word ‘corpus’
will be changed. He mentioned that as per the auditor of the BJES, the OBA is not a registered body
or corporate body and therefore cannot use the word ‘corpus’ but probably ‘end use specific /nonspecific fund’. He transferred the microphone to Ian and Johnny.
Ian Faria mentioned that there was a lot of confusion with the accounts as past committees have
transferred money when required but with no proper records.
Johnny said that the accounts have been maintained since 1919 but the procedures were not
followed correctly. He said each fund has its own profit/ loss and income/expenditure accounts but
recently we have several different kinds of funds therefore the funds of the organization have been
split into 4 parts, namely
• Endowment Fund (given by a member or a group of members), the interest for which has to
be accounted for separately.
• Funds given for a Specific Purpose like hockey fund, library fund, etc.
• Operating Fund which is the general funds which will have to be used for operations.
• Reserve Fund which consists of the extra funds that do not fit into any of the above
categories but can be put into any of these categories.
Sunil Pichamuthu (batch of 1995) mentioned that all the accounts are in the name of the BJES but in
the guiding principles 5.1.2.a it is said that the investments are to be kept in the bank accounts in the
name of the association so he suggested that it be corrected to read as the BJES instead of the
Aditya Kaura (batch of 1991) mentioned that in South Indian Bank, the BJES holds a very large
account and has another sub-account for St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School A/c OBA (SJBHS OBA
Account) and all the funds go into that account.
Sanjay Balan (batch of 1989), with regards to point 5.1.2c, said there was a grammatical error and
proposed a change in the wordings in order to state the rule clearly – ‘shall formulate’ instead of
‘was’. This was seconded by Lennold D’Almeida (batch of 1994).
President read out as follows, “All funds of the association, other than fixed asset and
administration funds should be invested in such financial investments as are permitted for the BJES
or kept in bank accounts in the name of the BJES account SJBHS OBA.” He also asked if he could
take 5.1.2 as adopted.
The House adopted point 5.1.2 unanimously.
Llewellyn Rego (batch of 1967) said that 5.3.1 comprises funds of the association and perhaps the
word ‘association’ has to be changed to account SJBHS OBA.
President asked the House if the OBA wanted to mingle their funds with the BJES or keep it separate
as that of an association so as to ensure the autonomy of management as they have permitted us all
Llewellyn Rego said that if they had to go by the issue, that they are to pass on dissolution, the funds
to the BJES, then they are the funds of the OBA so in such a situation the language as it is remains.
Johnny Nereyeth clarified that this was not when used in this context but means the liabilities side of
the balance sheet, so the OBA has its own funds and then the funds that are in the bank account. So,
he said when they classify the liabilities side of the balance sheet, they divide it into the
shareholders’ funds, funds contributed by outsiders, member or group funds for a specific purpose
and then there is another amount that the MC cannot touch without the approval of the general
body. This does not talk about the physical monies that the association has. He said this was the
liabilities side of the balance sheet. So the ownership of the liabilities side of the balance sheet is just
a theoretical separation for accounting purposes.
President inquired if the House could take 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3 as adopted.
The House adopted points 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3 under SERIAL NUMBER 20 unanimously subject to the
nomenclature of the word ‘corpus funds’.
President referred to point number 5.4 with regards to corpus funds.
George Ollapally (batch of 1968) suggested with regard to the minimum corpus of 5 lakh, that there
should be a timeline defined and that there should be a distinction between a pledge to set up a
corpus and the actual corpus because not everyone will give the full amount at once, some may
want to spread it out.
Johnny mentioned that the MC can give the donor time or help them out if the AGM agrees.
Zaki Khaleeli (batch of 1973) said that he agreed that a time frame should be set for making
contributions especially if it was beyond a certain value, because if a member takes 10 years to
contribute 10 lakh, then there would be a depreciation in money value in the 10 years.
Aditya Kaura (batch of 1991) inquired why there were such high values like Rs. 50 lakh in capital
funds as there wasn’t much use for it.
Johnny confirmed that those amounts were just placeholders while the final amount would be
mentioned after the approval at the AGM. He also confirmed that the MC is allowed to reduce the
capital fund amount if they see fit.
President said, “the effort, to maintain and give accounts for a scholarship, is a lot. So, the amount
has been increased from 2 lakh and eventually come to 5 lakh. So if you can make up a fund of 5 lakh
which will generate Rs. 35,000 per annum for your scholarship, we are able to fund students for
their fees accordingly. As time passes and education gets costlier, this amount may have to increase
but if someone wants to make a donation for a smaller amount, we would be glad to accept it. There
are some funds which do not have an end use specified to them such as for mid-day meals,
scholarships, teachers’ insurance and sports.
Llewellyn Rego (batch of 1967) said considering the financial planning that the OBA has set up in an
optimal way, which he finds no fault with, there are people who donate to satisfy their own sense of
charity and there was a very strong issue for the widow’s mite. He suggested including a clause that
said in the event of any endowment made by any person or persons, the MC should consider it for
matters outside the scholarship too.
President confirmed that the OBA does not exist for anything outside of the school or for the Old
Boys. He also mentioned that all the money received has to be applied for the school only.
Llewellyn Rego mentioned that in 1976 the OBA has presented an Old Boy with a wheelchair
because his legs had been amputated.
President said that the OBA is trying to close all avenues where any sums of money may be used for
anything except the school. He also stated that the OBA is trying to bind itself to the school in every
possible manner. He stated that the money that is being collected from Old Boys across the world is
being collected from them with the assurance that it will be used for the school only. The generosity
of Josephites is legendary but it does not mean that if an appeal is made Josephites will not respond,
it means that the Old Boys will be doing it as a private and voluntary contribution without the OBA
being involved as an association.
Hemchandra inquired why the funds were only for the school as there is another fund that is going
to be suggested in the near future where a part of the Fr. Claude D’Souza scholarship fund should be
kept aside for an annual lecture which will speak about what issues and values he stood for. He said
that this would be with the students of the college and maybe the higher secondary students from
the school. He also inquired what would happen if someone was unable to raise sufficient funds
after 10 years.
President mentioned that the Class of 1968 has been very generous this year where they have
collected a sum of Rs. 25 lakh to be donated to the OBA and asked the OBA to keep this fund in a 6
month deposit until they identify the end use of it. The President then said that they had not gotten
a response from the class and therefore suggested to them that the returns from this money be
used for mid-day meals but they were taken aback. In a meeting with Father, President said that the
class of 1968 sought out time till today to let the OBA know how the money is to be applied as they
had 4 things in mind, namely to honour students, to have a lecture series in the name of Fr. Claude,
for mid-day meals and to honour certain teachers. President also stated that he communicated to
the attendees (Shailendra Gupta, Avijit and Hemchandra) that he was okay with any application
except for number 2 (lecture series) because if there is lecture series, it has to be done for the
benefit of the school in coordination with the school and not some other college because practically
speaking students are not going to be invited to witness a lecture in some other place. Secondly, he
said that interest rates on bank deposits are changing at a minimal value, it has increased only from
6 to 7 per cent in the past 30 years, therefore the OBA has huge requirements for money in order to
support 100 odd students. He stated that it takes a great deal of time and efforts to manage funds
and also the value of the Rupee is decreasing so the value of the 10 lakh or 20 lakh or 1 crore that is
given to the OBA today, will not be the same 25 years from now so there is a possibility that we will
get back to the batch and ask to top up the amount failing which it will be merged with another
fund. If the Batch can top it up it will be continued and if not, it will be merged with some other
fund. The OBA cannot manage perpetuities.
Johnny stated that if one wants to organize a lecture series, they should be talking to the BJES
directly on that aspect. With regards to the topping up of the amount given to the OBA for
scholarships, if one has given say, Rs. 20 lakh which allows the OBA to sponsor two students, then if
a top up is not done, then the number of students being sponsored would reduce. He said that
having a scholarship that would sponsor only 5% of the annual fee wasn’t worth the trouble (this
happened in 1992 or 1993) therefore the OBA decided that a top up should be done or else the
amount should be merged with another amount in order to sponsor the full fees of students.
Hemchandra Basappa asked that since his batch had already given Rs. 25 lakh, could he ask for
partial withdrawal of the money and given to the BJES to be managed separately so that the annual
lecture could be held. The President informed Hemachandra Basappa that this matter would be
addressed on another platform and not in this Meeting.
George Ollapally drew the attention of the General Body that previously OBA funds had been utilized
to honour Battle Casualties (War Casualties) with an expenditure of Rs. 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh and such an
expenditure would not be permitted by the proposed Articles. He cautioned that the Class of 1968
would not take kindly to such a narrow focus being adopted and instead suggested that OBA funds
be used to honour mentors. He suggested that we should have it open and be flexible.
The House adopted point 5.4 from SERIAL NUMBER 20 unanimously.
President referred to point 5.5 with regards to non-corpus funds (subject to the nomenclature to be
adopted for the word ‘corpus’.)
The House adopted point 5.5 from SERIAL NUMBER 20 unanimously.
President referred to point 5.6 – Investments of funds and returns thereon
Sunil Pichamuthu (batch of 1995) stated that 5.6.1 had to mention ‘SJBHS OBA’ instead of
President said that the problem was if the change was made to BJES, the OBA would be stuck so it
could be changed to SJBHS OBA account instead.
Johnny said that the account name is subject to the bank the account is opened in. He said that the
present bank has given the benefit of having the OBA account under SJBHS which is under the BJES
but other banks may not permit it that way, then the change would be invalid. He proposed
changing association to ‘in bank accounts as permitted by the BJES for the association.’
President proposed the following, “The MC shall ensure that such funds, that are not required for
immediate disbursement or use, are retained in the bank accounts as permitted by the BJES for the
use of the Association.”
The House adopted point number 5.6 under SERIAL NUMBER 20 unanimously.
President referred to serial number 21 with regards to the change of venue for the AGM in case the
school premises were not available. Also, the changes in numbering.
Hemachandra mentioned that he thinks the school premises were more than enough for holding the
AGM as it is confirmed since years that the OBA AGM is held on the first Sunday of September every
Ian said that this had risen because last year the hall was not available when the OBA has decided to
hold an EGM.
Vinay Jain (batch of 2013) stated that whenever the EGM is going to be held, the calendar of events
with hall occupation can be checked for the same and he also mentioned that there are multiple
halls where the EGM can be held.
Santosh Naidu said that in his memory over the past 60 or 70 years we have never had the AGM
outside the school.
Llewellyn Rego proposed that the resolution be passed as presented as it is an enabling provision.
The Proposal in SERIAL NUMBER 21 was adopted unanimously.
Ian Faria took charge from thereon and arrived at the matters that helped the OBA to operate
properly, especially the AGMs and EGMs at serial number 22. Item number 6 regarding EGM.
SERIAL NUMBER 22 was proposed by Llewellyn Rego and seconded by Siddharth Raja.
The Proposal in SERIAL NUMBER 22 was adopted unanimously.
Ian Faria referred to serial number 23 – Conduct of General Meetings which will now be called
‘Conduct of General Body Meetings.’ He said that more clarifications were added to this in order to
make it less ambiguous.
Siddharth Raja (batch of 1990) said that the current requirement for a quorum at the beginning of an
AGM was 50, and this should remain the same or higher during the course of the meeting too.
The Proposal in SERIAL NUMBER 23 was adopted unanimously.
Ian Faria referred to serial number 24 – The Management. He said that a little extra time needed to
be spent on this. He asked to refer to the extreme right column for the explanatory remarks.
Yeshwanth Gurjer (batch of 1991) stated his concern regarding 9.3. He said that as everything is
being amended, it would be good for the election process also to be mentioned in order to avoid
issues in the future. He inquired if the OBA had robust by-laws by which they could hold an election
without hindrances (issue of 2019 election).
President mentioned that until this year the OBA had not had an election and did not even see the
need for an election but agreed that there had been a controversy this year. He said that generally
the OBA trusts the election officer to hold the elections squarely and fairly but the point was that for
the post of the Secretary the eligibility was not defined clearly so that eligibility would be addressed
in point 9.5.
Sunil Rasquinha (batch of 1995) stated that the members needed to know what the by-laws were
and the same is required to be specified whether it would be added in the booklet or elsewhere. He
proposed that the by-laws for an election process be drafted and brought to the AGM next year.
Llewellyn Rego mentioned that the AoA does not have a comprehensive plan indicating how the
elections should be conducted at the AGM but in point 9.6 there are some provisions that indicate
this. 9.5 gives the eligibility and criteria for standing for elections so this resolution can be amended
and incorporate the electoral process.
Johnny Nereyeth said that we have a provision in point 14.2 for giving flesh to the skeleton that is
laid out. He said that Llewellyn Rego gave the outline but the final decisions should be made by the
Siddharth Raja (batch of 1990) inquired that if the by-laws were drafted now for ratification at the
next AGM then how it would be unclear as to how the election, if any, would be held at that AGM.
He suggested having a transitory provision stating that for the election in the coming year, the rules
would be framed and circulated in advance by the present MC.
Ian Faria clarified that this point only made it simple and clear so the MC had very little to decide
upon so the gaps would be addressed in the by-laws and ratified at the next AGM. He also clarified
why the OBA needed the post of the Immediate Past President for the second term because it is
actually an advisory body, and not a privilege, to help the current President. He mentioned another
amendment 9.2 which came from the BJES, whom they met the previous day, which said, “The
Principal ‘or the designate of the BJES’ should be added. He stated another point, “An ex-officio
member of the MC without any voting rights should be changed to ‘with voting rights’.
John Nereyeth (batch of 1974) said, “If you’re changing the Principal of the school as the Treasurer
of the association, or the nominee of the BJES, that has to come consistently across the board.
Property will be held in the name of the Principal of SJBHS or a nominee of the BJES. It is said here
that an ex-officio member who does not have a vote is only the Past President, but the Treasurer
and the Rector have a vote.”
President stated that it is proposed that the Past President will not vote so point 9.2a should read as
follows, ‘the Principal of St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School or the designate of the BJES, as the Treasurer
of the association shall also have voting rights.’ 9.2c – ‘The Rector of St. Joseph’s School and College,
or a designate of the BJES, who shall also have voting rights.’
Sunil Rasquinha with regards to 9.2c stated that the Immediate Past President should continue if the
President is elected twice and also should have voting rights as he sees no reason why the Past
President is disrespected like that.
Ian Faria stated that the role of the Past President is advisory and once the President has done one
year, he doesn’t really need advisory in the second year too. He said that the MC should be able to
survive on its own without the advisory for the second term.
Llewellyn Rego stated that a Past President is ex-officio and automatically a member of the
committee as he can look backward and forward.
Franklin Antonat (batch of 1988) addressed Sunil Rasquinha’s query and said there was already a
criterion where a member should have served at least one year in the managing committee to
become an office bearer so as he has already done his duty there. He said that by the time one
became the President, he would have already served 2 or 3 years being Vice President, Secretary
or/and Treasurer, therefore, Franklin felt that extra advisory was not required and the post of the
immediate Past President should be kept vacant during the second term.
Siddharth Raja (batch of 1990) said that this issue was brought up during the drafting sessions and
the view was that the OBA followed the principle of an election to post and the entire construct that
follows subsequently is on the number of years served is as a member of the committee in an
elected capacity and therefore it was decided that when it came to the Past President, he should
serve as an ex-officio capacity without voting rights.
He proposed that 9.5 should remain as is. The same was seconded unanimously.
Vasanth inquired why the President gets only two consecutive terms.
Ian Faria confirmed that fresh blood should get in therefore the President only serves for two years if
re-elected and then moves on.
With regards to 9.6.1, Sunil Rasquinha said that if it was restricted to 6 years then they are
eliminating a large pool of people, in terms of people who have served on the committee, in terms
of experience in managing the committee. Therefore, he suggested that the 6 year cap be knocked
off for MC members.
Vinay Jain (batch of 2013) agreed with Sunil’s point where there should be no cap on the maximum
number of years a Member can serve on the committee as the experience is required.
Bryan Nobbay said that hanging around in the committee forever was not a solution and it wasn’t
contributing to the association at all. He suggested that a cap remain.
Llewellyn Rego suggested that no cap be there for any post right from the President down to the MC
because if the general body likes someone, then he should serve as long as he can because all have
an equal right in the general body.
Franklin said that there is a process where one starts as a co-opted member for 2 years, then they
come into the committee, say for 4 years, then he has a chance to do another 2 years as office
bearer which already gives him 8 years on the committee, so with around 400 members joining
every year (including these 8 years), he asked if there wouldn’t be 10 people available who would
want to serve. He voted for the cap to remain as is.
Leonard A. S. Kulangara (batch of 1990) subscribes to the thought of having a cap of 6 years because
new blood needs to get in and fresh ideas need to flow through the committee.
9.6 – The majority voted to keep the term limit as proposed.
Ian referred to point 9.7 – Co-opted members.
Santosh Naidu suggested training youngsters within the committee as there were 15 members in the
committee which is more than enough, so 5 co-opted members was not required without a reason
for the same.
President clarified that it is not mandatory to co-opt members into the committee. He also said that
the reason to co-opt members was to pull younger people into the MC.
Bryan Nobbay (batch of 1977) felt that it was unnecessary to have a huge committee consisting of 20
members but the AGM needed to be trusted enough as they are always looking to vote for young
blood or new blood for the MC. He also stated that people who are not elected could be co-opted
into the MC, which did not make any sense.
Lennold D’Almeida (batch of 1994) suggested that they have 10 committee members and of the 10
committee members, 5 positions should be reserved for Old Boys under the age of 30.
George Ollapally said that in his opinion 15 was a very large number and considering the number of
events that are planned throughout the year, one MC member could be in charge of 2 events while
rest of the time they are underemployed. He also said that in the past the sub-committees worked
very well and there is no reason why young blood cannot be inducted into the sub-committees in
larger numbers than just 5.
Vasanth Fernandes suggested having a sub-committee instead of co-opted members.
President stated, after the majority voted against co-opting 5 more members, that the proposal in
point 9.7 failed.
Ian Faria referred to serial number 25, point 25.1.
The same was passed unanimously.
Ian Faria referred to next point Powers of the MC. He said that nothing was changed but the same
details were elaborated.
Llewellyn Rego talked about the composite rule relating to the powers of the MC, duties and
functioning of MC members and was not in support of the proposals therein as it involves removal of
members who are part of the committee. He stated the line, ‘in case the MC so desires, they may
request the Governance Committee to nominate any member of the OBA to fill that position until
the next election.’ In lieu of the Governance Committee, which he felt was an unnecessary
requirement, he elaborated on the issue. Firstly, he said that the MC was an embodiment of the
general body, who are the agents of the OBA, and they function on and behalf of the general body
which is the most supreme body that predicates the way in which the association should function
and in which direction it should go. He said that electing the MC and then providing a provision that
allows the exclusion of a member, just because he is against some dictate for example, will only
create disaster for the general body and the Old Boys’ Association. Secondly, he said that the
Governance Committee was a product of and would consist of a few Past Presidents, couple of
lawyers and a couple of members. He stated that the creation of this committee went against all the
rules, which say that once a member completed six years and became President, they were done
with their duties, and asked why the Past President still wanted to govern the association for life. He
elaborated with examples on why that concept would be dangerous for the functioning of the
association. He therefore stated that he was completely against that provision which allowed the
Governance Committee to be the supreme body ultimately.
Ian Faria clarified a few things with regards to the Governance Committee and said that the word
‘Governance’ was not accepted by the BJES auditors; therefore, it was suggested to replace the same
with ‘Advisory Council’ which would not be the Supreme Court of the OBA. He said that the idea of
having the Governance Council, which would then be proposed to be called the Advisory Group, was
to be there only in case there were issues within the MC. He reiterated that the Advisory Council,
who would have the best interests of the OBA at heart, would only get life if there was a problem
within the MC because when there were issues with the agents of the OBA (the MC), it would be a
tedious job to call for an EGM in order to sort out the issue. He also stated that the Governance
Committee or Advisory Council would consist of, on rotation, 3 Past Presidents elected by the Past
Presidents Group. He also asked the General Body to suggest if there was a better option to solve
such an issue.
Vasanth Fernandes, with regards to point 10.9, said that he was okay with whatever the committee
was called but at the end of the day the fact remained that the Advisory Council would still dictate
what would or would not happen just because the MC had differences.
Ian Faria read out the provision as he felt that the rule was being misquoted and misunderstood.
Bryan Nobbay (batch of 1977) and Past President himself said that the time had come for the Past
Presidents to be in the past as there was a distinct difference between intervening and interference.
He also said that the Presidents have had ample time to serve in the OBA and now it was time to
help rather than interfere. He asked the members to trust the intelligence of their elected MC to sort
out issues and take the right decisions.
A. G. Krishnaswamy (batch of 1972) concurred with Bryan and asked that in case the MC went into a
tailspin, what would be the solution. He suggested not eliminating an Advisory Council.
Praveen Rodrigues (batch of 1985) said that in principle the concept of having an Advisory Council
was brilliant but he asked if the BJES could be the Advisory Council instead of the Past Presidents.
Sanjay Balan (batch of 1989) said he was for the provision of having an Advisory Council because
someone had to reinforce the principles of what the OBA was about. He also suggested a change in
points 4 and 5 where the word ‘compromise’ could be changed to ‘resolution’.
Ian Faria asked the general body not to eliminate the council but select any 3 members they thought
could serve the purpose.
President referred to serial number 31, new article number 13 and asked the general body to vote
for or against.
K. T. Lazar (batch of 1985) suggested that the BJES be the advisory council.
The proposal contained in point 13, under SERIAL NUMBER 31, was withdrawn.
Ian Faria referred to serial number 25, point 25.2 – roles and responsibilities and asked the House if
anyone wanted to suggest or comment on the same.
The House passed point 25.2 unanimously.
Lennold (Batch of 1994) asked if point 10.1.c under serial number 25.1 was amended.
President stated, under serial number 25.1, point 10.1.c , “in the case of a vacancy to any elected
position on the MC, by resignation or otherwise, the remaining members of the MC may assign the
duties and responsibilities of such MC member to one or more of the remaining members.” The
rest stood deleted.
The House unanimously passed point 25.1 subject to the above change in 10.1.c.
Ian Faria referred to point 25.3 and clarified with regards to casting vote.
Llewellyn Rego said that removal of the casting vote was incorrect because that was meant to
eliminate inconveniences in the elections.
The House passed the point 10.3 unanimously.
Ian Faria referred to point 10.4.
The House passed the point 10.4 unanimously.
Ian Faria referred to point 10.5.
Sunil Rasquinha (batch of 1995) suggested the Treasurer cannot be sole signatory to sign documents.
Aditya Kaura (batch of 1991) said that the Treasurer wasn’t the sole signatory but mentioned the
signatories as Father Principal and one of the two from President and Joint Treasurer.
Praveen said that this year it was changed to Treasurer and President or Joint Treasurer.
Bryan Nobbay suggested putting the Treasurer as the co-signatory of all accounts.
Johnny said that the bank accounts are opened by the BJES and the BJES can nominate the
signatories irrelevant to what is mentioned in the Mem-Arts of the OBA.
President read out sub-clause b, “The Treasurer shall be the mandatory co-signatory of all
accounts, fixed deposits and investments of the Association, along with the President or the Joint
The House adopted sub-clause b unanimously.
President read out 10.5 – Treasurer as, ‘all property of the association shall stand in the name of
the Principal of St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School, ex-officio Treasurer of the association or the
designate of the BJES.’ Everything else stands deleted.
The House adopted point 10.5 unanimously.
Ian Faria referred to point 10.6 – Joint Treasurer.
The House adopted point 10.6 unanimously.
Ian Faria referred to point 10.7 – committee members.
The House adopted point 10.7 unanimously.
Ian Faria referred to point 10.8 – sub-committee members.
The House adopted point 10.8 unanimously.
Ian Faria referred to point 10.9 – exclusion of members.
Sanjay Balan (batch of 1989) asked how this would work if the Governance Committee is not there.
Ian Faria mentioned that the MC could go to the general body, appoint an advisory or go to the BJES.
President asked the House to vote for or against point 10.9, with or without amendments.
The proposal contained in Sl. No. 10.9 failed.
Ian Faria referred to serial number 26 – MC meetings.
Santosh Naidu suggested having an Inquiry Committee to handle complaints.
Yeshwanth Gurjer (batch of 1991) said that since it has been decided to increase the size of the
committee, the quorum number should also be increased.
Ian Faria referred point 11.4 under serial number 26 and read the change as follows, “the quorum
for the duration of the MC meetings shall be 9 elected members instead of 5.”
The House adopted point 11.4 subject to the above change unanimously.
Ian Faria referred to point 11.5.
The House adopted point 11.5 unanimously.
Ian Faria referred to point 12 – code of conduct for the managing committee members.
The House adopted point 12 unanimously.
Ian Faria referred to point 13 under serial number 32 – amendment of AoA and MoA.
The House adopted point 14 under SERIAL NUMBER 32 unanimously.
Ian Faria referred to point number 15 under serial number 33 – and mentioned that the Governance
Committee part would be deleted.
President said that 15.2 and 15.3 would be deleted therefore retaining only 15.1.
The House adopted 33 subject to the above changes unanimously.
President referred to point 16.1 under serial number 34 – interpretation of the rules and regulations,
and read as follows, “The interpretation of these Articles of Association and the by-laws, their
construction and effect, as decided by the MC and any ruling given by the MC shall be final and
binding on all members.” Remaining stands deleted.
The House adopted point 16.1 under serial number 34, subject to the above changes,
Ian Faria referred to serial number 35 – other provision.
Johnny proposed to mentioned that the MC would be authorized to make consequent changes to
the wordings of any of the above clauses, should the need arise in order to give effect to the other
resolutions passed by the general body until the AGM.”
Yeshwanth, with regards to the branches, said that the OBA itself currently had a good brand name
and outsourcing the same with no control over it would not be a wise decision. Also, he mentioned
that there were different rules in different countries and inquired how the rules would be drafted
Ian Faria answered and said that the overall principle was that this was for the Old Boys and OBA
North America Chapter does not have much say in what happened in OBA India. He mentioned that
they wanted to have their own meetings with a set of their own rules so they did not have to come
back to India for every little detail which would be a tedious affair. He also said that as good faith
prevails, there has been no issue with any of the branches anywhere.
Lennold (batch of 1994) inquired about the social media property of the Association.
The President mentioned that social media property is covered by movable property and is the
property of the OBA.
The House adopted SERIAL NUMBER 35 unanimously.
Ian Faria referred serial number 36 and mentioned it has been deleted. He thanked the House and
said it was a wonderful experience to have worked with the drafting committee and particularly
acknowledged Johnny and his contribution to the provisions. He also thanked the President for
giving him the opportunity to conduct a part of the meeting. He specially thanked Llewellyn Rego
who had several different opinions with the best interest of the OBA at heart.
Shreyas Mohan (batch of 2012) suggested creating official social media pages on every platform for
the OBA where the credentials could be secured with the Principal rather than how it is done
currently with individual persons handling it.
Father Rector, Brian Pereira, addressed the General Body briefly and mentioned that the BJES had
seen the draft and commented on the same. He thanked everyone for being there and wished the
OBA the best.
The President closed the EGM by thanking everyone for their presence and reiterating that the office was
open in case anyone wanted to go through the accounts in detail.
Individual Open Category (GROSS Stableford)
Winner: ARJUN MALIK, 1994, GEORGE’S (74 Gross) – Trophy + Sun Mountain 3-wheel Trolley + Blue Jacket (embroidered SJBHS Golf Blazer)
Runner Up: DAVID D’SOUZA, 1981, DAVID’S (74 Gross) – Trophy + Obaku Watch + Amrut Single Malt (OBA Edition) + Puma Web Belt Set + Josephite Varsity Vest
* ARJUN MALIK won on a better back 9
Individual Handicap Category – GOLD (0-10)
Winner: AMITABH PODDAR, 1986, ANDREW’S (35pts) – Trophy + BPL 40” LED television + Amrut Single Malt (OBA Edition) + Josephite Varsity Vest
Runner Up: NEERAJ SHETTY, 2019, DAVID’S (34pts) – Trophy + Mizuno 50 º Approach Wedge + Obaku Watch + Box of Mizuno Balls
Individual Handicap Category – SILVER (11-16)
Winner: CS MADAPPA, 1984, PATRICK’S (37pts) – Trophy + BPL 40” LED television + Amrut Single Malt (OBA Edition) + Josephite Varsity Vest
Runner Up: PRASHANT SAKHAMURI, 1977, GEORGE’S (36pts) – Trophy + Mizuno Golf Bag + Obaku Watch + Box of Mizuno balls
Individual Handicap Category – BRONZE (17-24)
Winner: THIMAIH COLUVANDA CARIAPA, 1984, DAVID’S (39pts) – Trophy + BPL 40”LED television + Amrut Single Malt (OBA Edition) + Josephite Varsity Vest
Runner Up: SANAL SKARIA, 1990, GEORGE’S (37pts) – Trophy + Mizuno 52 º Approach wedge + Ferrari Watch + Box of Mizuno Balls
Individual Handicap Category – SENIORS
Winner: MAJ GEN BALA THAMBIAH, 1963, DAVID’S (27pts) – Trophy + Amrut Single Malt (OBA Edition) + Puma Belt Set
Runner Up: AVM K.P. SREEKANTH, 1961, DAVID’S (27pts) – Medal + Puma Belt Set + Shoe Bag
* MAJ GEN BALA THAMBIAH won on a better back 9
Team Rolling Trophies
Father Hedwig D’Costa Inter-House Golf Tournament trophy – best 10 scores of each school House (combined stableford points); Medal
Winners: GEORGE’S HOUSE (319pts) with Arjun Malik 1994, Sanal Skaria 1990, Prashant Sakhamuri 1977, Sanjeev Rakhra 1987, Rishi Mehra 1988, Chaitanya Harimohan 1999, Vikram Bihani 1990, Sanjay Mathias 1990, Vikram Sahgal 1981, Uttam Muthappa 1991
Father Dennis Coelho Memorial Inter-Batch Golf Tournament trophy – best pair’s score from each Batch (combined stableford points); Medal
Winners: BATCH of 1984 (combined 76pts) with Thimaih Coluvanda Cariapa and C.S. Madappa
Special On-course prizes
Straightest Drive (overall) on hole #11 – Ferrari Watch – SANDEEP KUMAR MAINI, 1983, ANDREW’S
Straightest Drive (overall) on hole # 4 – Featherlite Liberate office chair – PETER GEORGE MATHIAS, 1962, DAVID’S
Closest to the Pin (overall) on hole #15 – Featherlite Liberate office chair – GAURAV HINDUJA, 1999, PATRICK’S
Closest to the Pin (overall) on hole #2 – Featherlite Liberate office chair – NANDAN KAMATH, 1993, DAVID’S
Monster Putt Competition
On front Practice Putting Green (overall) – Amrut Single Malt (OBA Limited/Numbered Edition) – SHARDENDU MALPANI, 1992, GEORGE’S – holed out
Chip In The Tub Competition
At rear Practice Putting Green (overall) – Ferrari Watch – SANJAY MATHIAS, 1990, GEORGE’S – chip in
The meeting was called to order by the MC, Charles Raj, as the quorum requirement had been met. On the dais were (left to right) Principal Fr. Sunil Fernandes
MINUTES OF THE 101st ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
OF THE OLD BOYS’ ASSOCIATION
OF ST. JOSEPH’S BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL, BANGALORE
HELD ON SUNDAY, 1
st SEPTEMBER 2019
AT THE XAVIER AUDITORIUM, BANGALORE
The meeting was called to order by the MC, Charles Raj, as the quorum requirement had been met. On the
dais were (left to right) Principal Fr. Sunil Fernandes, SJ, President George Ollapally and Secretary Brian
[Opening Prayer] – Fr. Michael John led the House in an opening prayer.
101.1 [Prayer and observance of a minute’s silence in memory of the Old Boys who passed away during
the last year] – A minute’s silence was observed in memory of the deceased members during the year.
101.2 [Special welcome to outstationed Old Boys] – The outstationed Old Boys who were present at the
AGM were called out and welcomed by Jayant Kapadia:
- Fulgence Rodrigues 1955 Goa
- Air Marshal Trevor Osman 1956
- Mike Rozalla 1956 Goa
- Lloyd Macedo 1974 Goa
- N Ramakrishnan 1974 Singapore
- Dennis Mathias 1959 USA
- Jagdish Belani USA
- K K Aiyyappa 1974 USA
- Vijay Pinto 1989 USA
- Kailesh Pujary 1986 Manipal
- Jonathan Nicholas 2000 Mumbai
- Vridhay Mathias 1990 UK
- John D’Souza 1969 Pune
- K J Abraham 1965 Kerala
- K S Thomas 1965 Kerala
- K T Thomas 1965 Kerala
- George Tharakan 1965 Kerala
- Capt. Alex Jacob 1960 Mumbai
- Sushil Shetty 1994 USA
- Jelson Jose 1994 Australia
- Nitin Unnikrishnan 1994 UK
- Pramod Joseph 1994 UK
- Nitish Verghese 1994 Delhi
- Paul Francis 1994 Oman
- Pradeep John 1994 Chennai
101.3 [Messages received from Old Boys] – The emcee informed the General Body that there were no
messages received from Old Boys.
101.4 [Presentation of the OBA Lifetime Achievement Awards] – The OBA Lifetime Achievement Award
was presented to Air Marshal Trevor Osman PVSM, AVSM. His classmate Mike Rozalla read out the
citation. Air Marshal Trevor Osman thanked the General Body elaborately.
The next OBA Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Stany Thekaekara. His classmate Greg
De Nazareth read out the citation. Stany’s son accepted the award on his behalf and thanked the
General Body for the same.
The third OBA Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Cecil Noronha. Santosh Naidu read out
the citation. Cecil Noronha thanked the General Body elaborately.
101.5 [Presentation of the OBA Awards for Significant Achievement] – The OBA Award for Significant
Achievement was presented to Dr. Anand Vinekar. His classmate Francis Satish read out the citations.
Dr. Anand Vinekar thanked the General Body elaborately.
The next OBA Award for Significant Achievement was presented to Rahul Tadimalla. Manish Pole read
out the citation. Rahul Tadimalla thanked the General Body elaborately.
101.6 [Presentation of the Staff Appreciation Award] – The emcee mentioned that no one retired last year
and therefore there were no staff appreciation awards.
[Message from Fr. Adrian Mascarenhas] – The emcee called upon Fr. Adrian Mascarenhas to say a few
words. He addressed the General Body reminding them that the school is their home and that the
teachers are always appreciated. He added that he his batch still have great affection for each other
after all these years. Fr. Mascarenhas reminded the General Body that we are one family and we have
to contribute to the school without counting the cost.
101.7 [The Presidential Address] – The emcee called upon George Ollapally to address the AGM: “As we are
entering the business proceedings of this AGM, I request the families of the award winners to move
Welcome Fr. Michael John, Fr. Rector Brian Pereira, Principal Fr. Sunil Fernandes, SJ, OBA Achievement
Award winners and fellow Josephites, especially those from the golden and silver jubilee batches, to
the 101st OBA Annual General Meeting. My address is not going to be as long as the nominations so I
request you to give me your undivided attention for the next 5 minutes.
It is my privilege to address you for the second time as I step down after serving the OBA for 4 years.
With your permission, I will take my detailed report in the Annual Report as read. Last year’s
centenary celebration, which followed the last AGM, culminated in the grand finale, capped by great
entertainment, a highly entertaining and rewarding auction of memorabilia and a memorable
This year’s calendar started with our first flagship event. November Studio OBA Football Tournament
4.0 with around 250 participants. Thanks to my predecessor Mr. Shashi Lewis and his team for another
wonderful event. Among the footballers present was our keynote speaker for February’s Welcome to
OBA for 250 outgoing seniors, none other than Mr. Sudhir Krishnaswamy (batch of 1991). He was
recently appointed the Vice Chancellor of National Law School. Shashi has also been the guiding light
of this year’s OBA Buzz in July with over 600 students participating in a weeklong event. Our second
flagship event, the SJBHS OBA Golf Tournament 4.0 at Prestige Golfshire, was organized by a team led
by First Vice President Mr. Nishant Gurjer, Mr. Sameer Gurjer, Mr. Conrad D’Mello, Mr. Sagar
Muthappa and Mr. Deepak Krishnakutty. It was a marquee event, unique among school alumni
nationally. As those who come and join us and participate, understand and appreciate the
organization and attention to detail is at a near professional level. And since its inception over 4 years
ago, it has generated a surplus exceeding 40 Lakhs for our Josephite sportsmen.
In February, our newly formed inaugural Delhi NCR Connect was hosted by Major General Anil Dere
(Class of 1974). Fr. Clifford and the OBA team including Mr. Nishant Gurjer, Mr. Avijit Dutt, Mr.
Shailendra Gupta and I were warmly welcomed by Delhi Josephites. The enthusiasm, camaraderie and
attendance with 3 Generals and 2 Brigadiers present exceeded our team’s expectations. We have
some added attractions for next year’s Delhi Connect. The army officers there would like us to have a
Golf competition against them. Mr. Anuj Dayal who is the Executive Director of Delhi Metro has
offered a guided tour of the Delhi Metro Headquarters near Connaught Place. And Brigadier Paul
Naidu has offered a curated trip around eating houses near Connaught Place. So we’ll see as we get
closer to that.
In May of this year, we had a solemn event, unique among schools in India. A memorial service
honouring 4 uniformed Josephites who laid down their lives to protect the freedom of our country
spanning 4 decades from 1962 to 2002. Meticulously planned by a team led by Francis Machado and
Chris Rego and others, it started with a mass celebrated by Archbishop Peter Machado followed by
wreath laying and unveiling of newly inscribed stones and plaques. Citations and plaques were
presented to each family and regiment. While we did the wreath ceremony today, some of you were
not present so I request each one of you to have a look at the plaques on display in the corridor.
The MEG Band and Buglers in attendance, thanks to General M N Devaya (batch of 1978) made the
event a memorable one, the school receiving very favourable attention in national media. Now when
we conceived of this event, we got as much information as we could, but two weeks after the event
Air Marshal Trevor Osman has informed us of two fellow Josephite pilots Babul Guha and K. K. Mohan
both killed in action in raids over Pakistan. These may be honoured by the incoming committee.
During this past year, the OBA has interacted with students at multiple events. We thank Mr. Shashi
supported by Miss Nandita Chandrashekar in making the OBA Buzz a huge success. This event is
outstanding. Some of us who are older have to come and see the enthusiasm and the extent of
participation and only then it hits. It is a huge success.
The after-school remedial coaching is also supported by the OBA and we thank Mr. Nishant Gurjer for
helping coordinate this program both with the school as well as with the donor. Our scholarship this
year amounted to Rs. 17 lakhs. We were giving about 10 lakhs per year until the centenary
celebration. As our corpus has increased, and the number of needy students has increased, we upped
it last year to 15 lakhs and this year we have pushed it a little more. We do have large number of
students who need help. Not only have the numbers increased but the fees have also gone up. So I
believe that this is something that we should do if we can.
With regards to finances, over 60 lakhs has been added to the OBA corpus this year mostly from the
centenary celebrations and golf. Our endowment structure has this year also been fruitful. Last year,
during my address, I talked about the endowment structure along with a slide. We had multiple levels,
1 crore, 50 lakhs to 1 crore, 25 lakhs to 50 lakhs and 10 lakhs above.
The biggest gift this year, which was pledged last year and fully funded in the last 12 months, we
closed about three weeks ago, is from the batch of 1968. My class. The Reverend Father Claude
D’Souza Memorial Fund of Rs. 25 lakhs was presented to the OBA to celebrate our class’ Golden
Jubilee. I am hopeful that other batches will also follow in whatever form they choose to decide.
Mr. Jimmy Anklesaria will focus on the OBA North America and will take a break after many years of
continuous support to us. Thank you Jimmy for your efforts and generosity.
My special thanks to all fellow MC members for helping with activities and events. Thanks to OBA
Secretary Mr. Brian D’Lima for his selfless and dedicated service to the cause for so many years. He
has provided continuity to the Old Boys by his presence, his ability to network and his integrity. His
support to many events has been evident with his presence and ever-willingness to help. He is
stepping down this year and many of us will feel the absence of his ever-smiling face at the OBA
Office. I wish to place on record the gratitude, of many Josephites worldwide, to him.
My sincere thanks to all our sponsors, well-wishers, volunteers, donors and fellow Josephites who
have responded favourably and without hesitation when needed, taking us to where we are today. For
many of our events, sometimes when we have shortfalls and need sponsorships, we reach out and
invariably Josephites come forward with great generosity. This has been the history of the OBA even in
the past but now with larger numbers, larger number of successful Josephites, we find that this is
really something that helps us a lot. Our gurus and mentors, the Jesuit fathers have moulded us and
their presence here today is testimony to that. We at the OBA work in harmony with them in the spirit
of Faith and Toil, for the good of our beloved school, to make it a better place for all of us.
101.8 [Principal’s Address] – The emcee called upon Fr. Principal Sunil Fernandes to please say a few word:
“Dear members of the OBA, welcome home to school to the celebration of the OBA day. It is a matter
of great joy and pride to say that the OBA is one of the best organized and networked alumni in the
whole world. It is the spirit of the school with its motto, Fide et Labore (Faith and Toil) which lingers
on in our lives and memories forever.
For the last 100 years, the OBA has served as the pillar of Joseph’s, shouldering great responsibility
toward your Alma Mater. The Management, staff and students, deeply appreciate your initiatives, in
multiple areas. It is because of your generosity and magnanimity and caring, your commitment and
steadfastness, that our school continues to be rated among the best schools in India. I congratulate
and appreciate the OBA initiatives – scholarships, mid-day meals, remedial classes for students,
providing breakfast to the hockey team and other teams, outbound programs for the staff, the OBA
Buzz, Innovation Labs, creating opportunities and newer possibilities for school boys, Josexcel and the
war memorial service in May 2019. All these initiatives have made our school a better place.
I admire your well-organized network based purely on brotherhood, loyalty and friendship. Despite
your varied careers and interests, it is the love for your school, and the values and teachings you
imbibed here, which hold you together and I salute that great spirit. Your interest and participation in
school activities and service to the school are the reminders of the Jesuit tradition of being men and
women for others. Our boys see you as role models and hope to emulate you in your chosen fields.
Congratulations on finishing the first 100 years of the association. Your commitment to nation
building, public service, defence and sports, medicine and entrepreneurship is widely acknowledged. I
thank the OBA President Mr. George Ollapally, the OBA Secretary Mr. Brian D’Lima and the Managing
Committee members for the support and cooperation. We are truly blessed dear Old Boys and Girls to
have your love and affection. Thank you.”
101.9 [To confirm the Minutes and proceedings of the 100th Annual General Meeting held on September
2, 2018] – The Minutes of the 100thth Annual General Body Meeting of the OBA, held on 2
September 2018 was accepted subject to ratification of below matters.
It was proposed by Ian Faria and passed by Dr. Bryan Nobbay.
101.10 [Matters arising out of the Minutes] – A point of order was raised by Siddharth Raja and Llewelyn
Rego as the AGM was convened on less than 14 days’ notice. It is dated 18th of August, while today is
the 1st of September which makes it only 13 days. It is not in accordance with due notice.
This point of order was ratified by the House.
The President mentioned that at the last AGM, the need was felt and the General Body had authorized
a 3-man committee to look at revising the by-laws.
A suggestion was made that the name be changed to Old Students’ Association or Old Boys’ and Girls’
Association. The same was shot down because now as per the AoA, point 1.1 states that Gender
involves all genders.
Given that the notice was not sent on time and the complex document presented was seen by many
for the first time today, the Articles of Association was suggested to be ratified only at the next AGM
or EGM after also taking into consideration the important points given by Sunil Pichamuthu. This will
avoid difficulties and controversies in the future.
Ian Faria stated that the rules have not been changed but only given a better form and shape where
ambiguities have been removed. Basically, clarity was given where it was required. All differing
viewpoints will surely be taken into consideration by the Governance Committee as and when they
come forward. The Governance Committee is a new model put into this so he requested the members
to go through it.
Johnny Joseph mentioned that the MoA of the OBA filled only four small pages back in the day. As
time went by, it became more complex. This new document will come into effect on 1st April 2020. A
suggestion was made that subject to any amendments which can be put forward during an EGM
before the 1st of April 2020, this document should be passed in light of the upcoming elections that
require it to be in place.
With regard to the point of order of the notice of meeting, Johnny Joseph mentioned that the Articles
of Association have already mentioned that the AGM will be held every year on the first Sunday of
September and the 14 days’ notice should be given in case it is scheduled on any other day.
Ian Faria stated that this document should be approved by the AGM in principle first. So the base
document should be passed and the suggestions by Sunil Pichamuthu and the new points of orders
can be looked into after that with the consultation of the lawyers present in the OBA. After this is
passed in principle, it has to go to the BJES (Bangalore Jesuit Educational Society) for their approval as
the OBA operates under their patronage. He then requested the General Body to pass this collective
intelligence in principle today.
An objection was raised by Llewellyn Rego because a whole lot of complications would be created. If
the draft passed would come into effect only next year, and the existing constitution was not
abrogated, then questions will arise on how the association should function during the next year.
Therefore, this proposal should be completely deferred to the next AGM after going into the proposal
in depth. Because here the ownership of the assets is already in question and this goes to the root of
Johnny Joseph stated that the ownership of the assets of the OBA always lay with the Principal of St.
Joseph’s Boys’ High School as the OBA is a virtual organization.
Gregory De Nazareth clarified that when they were considering, many years ago, whether the OBA
should be registered or not, they went back to the founder Presidents like George D’Costa and John
D’Souza and clearly got back with a mandate (which was presented to the MC back then) that they
would not go for an independent registration as an individual entity. They decided that they will be
and belong to the school and that is why it is ruled that we are part and parcel of the BJES and all
assets and liabilities will belong to the Principal, St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School and therefore part of
the BJES. Fr. Michael John present there would also endorse the above information.
Llewellyn Rego stated that he has spent a lot more years handling the office at the OBA and therefore
he suggests that the MC take a better look at the proposal in order to avoid further complications.
Biju John agreed that the OBA has evolved over a period of time and rules need to be clarified but
there is an important step that needs to be taken as we want to put a little clarity into the constitution
and therefore it needs to be looked into in detail and then passed. It is not very comfortable that he
did not get a chance to look at what was being proposed while we are asked to pass it or ratify it at
Sunil Pichamuthu raised another point wherein he states that the notice was signed on 18th August
2019 but the electronic version was published on 22nd August 2019. So any circulation of the
electronic version was done only after the 22nd of August and therefore this proposal should be
deferred to the next AGM. First the Governing Council would need to consider these amendments and
then bring it up.
Siddharth Raja stated that the issue regarding the late notice of the meeting was ratified and accepted
by the General Body and therefore no content of the meeting will be affected because of that.
Manoj Pasangha inquired about the new Governance Committee. Ian Faria mentioned that the new
Governance Committee was proposed to be formed at the last AGM and the stipulation given was
that they form new rules and present it to the next general body meeting. Manoj then stated that if
the AGM has approved of the committee and given them the authority to go ahead and makes these
changes then this proposal should be passed. In an association like ours with a strong legacy, it is not
possible to get a consent from thousands of members all over the world because everyone will have
their own individual opinions.
Christopher Rego stated that after being the historian of the school for many years, he can confirm
that it has been the spirit of the school, Old Boys and Jesuits being one, to work together under the
Jesuits without any new agendas or politics being involved.
Ian Faria called for a vote in the spirit of trust. Noel De Nazareth stated that this proposal can be
changed at any stage so there was no harm in accepting it this year, then reviewing it and bringing the
whole thing back next AGM.
Laxman (batch of 1972) endorsed some of the points that Christopher Rego put forth. He said that
technically we would be on the right path if we took up this proposal 3 months from now at an EGM
so that everyone would have a chance to look at it and come up with suggestions by then. This can
then be good for the next 100 years.
Ian Faria reminded everyone about page 52 of the Annual Report where the minutes of meeting of the
previous AGM has it mentioned that it was resolved that the Governance Committee be set up to
review the rules and regulations of the OBA and change, improve upon, add, delete, modify or do
whatever it considers necessary for the proper functioning of the OBA. The proposal shall be
presented at the next AGM.
Tosher Hormusjee commented that he agrees that the proposal wasn’t seen by the General Body so
we could mention on record the guidelines for the next committee so that at the next AGM, it can be
put down as the new Articles of Association. Changing articles is not an easy task.
Srinivas Guda (batch of 1990) who quickly glanced at the proposal requested the AGM to include a
point on audit into the memorandum that we are integrated with the BJES and our accounts are a part
of the overall trust.
Johnny Joseph stated that it already is mentioned at the end of AGM agenda. But there are certain
things that the BJES does not want to get into, while the OBA analyses every situation before working
on it. He gave a few examples of the same.
Vasant Fernandes stated that a comprehensive document has been given to the General Body and we
need to look into it. Ralph Robert suggested that Sunil Pichamuthu’s recommendations also be added
into the document.
st Vice President, Dr. Praveen Rodrigues, suggested that the term for each MC be 2 years
instead of one because no committee can make much of a difference in just one year.
Siddharth Raja suggested that an EGM be held on Sunday, 1st of December 2019 at 10:30 a.m. to
consider, discuss and pass, with or without amendment, this proposal draft, to be effective from 1st
April 2020 and at the election in the subsequent AGM in supersession of the existing rules and
regulations. This was unanimously passed by the General Body.
Girish Punja suggested that whatever has to be discussed be sent to the members at least 15 days
before the EGM.
There was a vote held and the majority went with accepting to discuss the proposed MoA and AoA
at an EGM on December 1, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
101.11 [To consider and if approved, to adopt the Committee’s report on the working of the association for
the year 2018-19] – The President requested the General Body to accept the detailed report presented
in the Annual Report.
The same was proposed by Gurmeet Singh Randhawa and seconded by Dr. Bryan Nobbay.
101.12 [To consider and pass the Statement of Accounts for the period April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019] –
The President requested the General Body to pass the statement of accounts for the period 1st April
2018 to 31st March 2019.
Secretary Brian D’Lima said a few words, “My Dear fellow Josephites, it is with deep pain in my heart
that I step down from the Secretary of the OBA after 13 years of service. I have worked tirelessly for
the OBA for the past 42 years even despite not being on the committee for half of that time. I have
worked under many Presidents and many committees and never once there was even an iota of doubt
with regard to my integrity. Furthermore, I am the Treasurer of a number of organizations and
associations and nowhere there has ever been a doubt to my ethical values.
This year, however, one of the Past Presidents, a Presidential candidate and incoming Secretarial
candidate suddenly took it upon themselves to question my integrity without ever giving me a chance
to reply. The 3 of them along with 5 other MC members, most of whom are standing for election,
conducted inquiries like a kangaroo court. They never gave me any advance notice and just kept
throwing questions at me and expecting replies on the spot. A number of times I informed them to give
me their questions in writing and that I will answer all of them. But it was never done. After a number
of fruitless meetings, one of them with our principal Fr. Clifford, we realized that this group had no
intention to close the issue and that they wanted to make a big scene at the AGM. I could not imagine
that even after putting in so many years of dedicated service, someone could actually go out of their
way to malign my name with all of them knowing fully well that not only would I not make any money
for myself, I have ensured that no one else also makes any money. After filing the nominations this
year, it became very clear to me as to why they had no intentions to close and why they went out of
their way to malign my name.
My fellow Josephites, I have slogged year in and year out working my butt off for my alma mater and
never have I blown my own trumpet nor have I yearned for any credit. I did everything quietly behind
the scenes staying true to the Josephite value of humility that I learnt back in school. After every
function of the OBA held in school, I used to spend sleepless nights staying back hours on end after
everyone had left, cleaning up the school so that the school could function the next day and no one
would ever know there was an OBA event held there. I have gone beyond my call of duty to ensure the
OBA got the best rates for every event. I use my offices in other organizations to try and get the best
deals for the OBA. When I joined the OBA committee, there were only 4 activities a year. If you look at
the Secretarial report this year, you will see that there are over 34 activities that the OBA currently
organizes. While there are committees for various activities, there needs to be someone to coordinate
all of them, which I did quietly. I have interacted with the school, with the BJES and with the various
committees to ensure that every activity and every function went off without a hitch. I have interacted
with a number of batches, helped them set up batch corpus funds and if one looks at the Annual
Report, you will see the transparency of all batch funds. After doing this year in and year out for the
OBA taking it to new heights, I am deeply hurt that someone could take it upon themselves to hurt my
integrity and reputation built over the years. I have remained quiet on the batch cos group, not
responding to any of the charges against me to avoid bringing down the name of the school, the OBA
and the BJES.
My association with the school stretches far beyond me. My father was an Old Boy of the school, my
wife teaches in the school, my daughter studies here and my son, an Old Boy, is part of the batch cos.
Could I ever think of taking even 1 Rupee of the OBA money? The alma mater that has moulded me
and my family. Yet look at what some of the Old Boys have done to my reputation.
Not only me, but the rest of my family is also shamed. After 23 years of dedicated service to my alma
mater, do you think I deserve this? My fellow Old Boys, I firmly believe in our motto, “Faith and Toil”,
yet all my hard work of 23 years seems to be just thrown down the drain and for what? To enable a
few selfish Old Boys to get on the committee. If I only knew what their objective was, I would have
stepped down gracefully. Why did you have to spoil my reputation just to try and get on the
committee? Is that what Josephites stand for?
Dear members of the General Body, I offer my heartfelt apologies if I have done anything wrong. I
seem to have been the main target in all these accusations and innuendos and I swear to you that I
have not taken 1 Rupee of the OBA. In fact, I have not taken a single rupee as honorarium which all my
predecessors have done.
Now coming to the accounts, after an irresponsible letter from a Past President and an even more
irresponsible action of circulating the same on social media by a committee member, the Past
Presidents were called in to mediate. They appointed the BJES auditor to do a complete audit and give
the report. The whole audit took two months. The auditors came out with their observations to which
we gave clarifications. The Past Presidents asked for the same to be ratified at the MC meeting and
true to form, they refused to pass the same. The BJES gave us an ultimatum to close the accounts as
their AGM was fast approaching but there was no end in sight. So finally the auditors accepted the
explanations given by us, a few office bearers, and closed the accounts, which was signed by the
President, Secretary and Treasurer. The BJES then finished their AGM and have filed their accounts
with the Registrar of Societies.
After much banter on social media, I have received only one letter from Mr. Franklin on the accounts. I
have given my reply wherein he has asked for money received from Mr. Arun Choudary. It was
received from Sureen Automobiles and shown under General Scholarship in the Scholarship Fund on
page 93 of the Annual Report – the second point of bikers’ memorabilia. If you look on page 91 under
‘Other Funds’, it is shown as the OBA Centenary Riders’ Fund. We received Rs. 386100 and we paid out
Rs. 3,54,084. The balance of Rs. 32,016 is shown in the Balance Sheet.
As there were no further queries on the Accounts of the OBA, I formally present the Accounts of the
OBA. Thank you.”
Past President Franklin Antonat gave his comments on the above matter. He informed the General
Body that after the OBA Day, when he asked for accounts, it wasn’t being closed. He confirmed that he
wasn’t putting the blame on anyone but wanted the accounts to tally. The sums were put into different
columns and despite the Indian law, large sums of payments (22 lakhs) were made in cash, with or
without invoices. A single payment of 6.5 lakhs was made to the Catholic Club which could have been
processed by giving a cheque instead. He requested for a proper system in place. After sending his
resignation to the concerned persons, one member put the same on social media and refused to delete
the same. There is no income of memorabilia mentioned anywhere in the reports. The money is kept in
cupboards but not put clearly into the accounts sheet. The accounts are very confusing because
amounts are put under various headings without any proper system. Cash was given without
approvals. He mentioned that a system needs to be in place as this is a growing organization. When he
was President, the organization ended the year with minus 2 lakhs and now it ends the year with a
surplus of 70 lakhs.
Francis Satish (Batch of 1991), Joint Secretary for the past 2 years, had a few queries he wanted to
address to the General Body. He stated that on Thursday, 25th of July, 3 Past Presidents, the Ex-MC and
the current MC met at the OBA office and the accounts were looked into, which the BJES auditor sent
to them. There were amounts that the auditor had asked for explanations, the same is shown on the
slide. He said that being part of the MC, they had not passed those huge amounts and that is what they
are challenging. He said that they were requested by the Past Presidents and Ex-MC to do an audit and
among the office bearers besides himself, there was Jyotinath Ganguly, the 2nd Vice President and 9
other MC members who conducted that audit. Dr. C. S. Rajan, Lifetime Achievement Award winner was
also present. Francis also mentioned that they went through all the accounts and ticket sales of the
OBA day and came up with the following queries – There were payments made in cash without MC
approval – Vouchers were not numbered – All vouchers were hand written and had signatures of the
President and Secretary but not of the person who received it – The closing stock of the ticket count
was wrongly given to the auditor – The difference after that was Rs. 3,41,800 – regarding the
refreshments, the auditor was given a closing stock of 159 beverages while we did an audit and arrived
at a closing stock of 93 beverages only, therefore giving a difference of around 2,79,305 against what
the auditor has shown – regarding memorabilia, the auditor was given wrong stocks and we arrived at
a difference of another 2,13,430 against what the auditor has shown – Vouchers were missing and not
available in the office and this resulted in a difference of around 1,35,377.
Ian Faria requested that a solution be arrived at for this instead of throwing the blame on one another.
He stated that the Secretary Brian and President George had apologised for their shortcomings
because having 34 events in a year and handling the accounts where so many people are involved,
becomes a difficult task. He requested the members to confirm their opinions on Brian’s reputation as
he has worked tirelessly for the OBA for so many years. He also stated that Franklin only wants to
protect the OBA as it is becoming a huge organization. Ian Faria clarified that they were Old Boys first
but there would always be a difference of opinions in situations where everyone looks in different
directions. He suggested that Johnny Joseph who is a Forensic Auditor give an opinion.
Johnny Joseph lightened the mood and informed the General Body that both parties have the OBA’s
interest at heart and the accounts are just a matter of communication and clarifications. He mentioned
that he had a look at all the reports that Brian could give him and the emails and according to his
knowledge, it is only a question of clarification. It was not anyone’s case that money has been
misappropriated but misaccounted. He also suggested that the EGM scheduled on 1st December be
used to close the accounts with all clarifications.
Vishwas Basavaraj pointed out that as Josephites they needed to settle the matter and set an example
to the younger generations coming in. This AGM was full only because of the social media buzz which
shouldn’t have been the case. He suggested we find a solution. They inquired whether the General
Body felt that Brian should compensate the difference amount. It was also stated that no one was
accusing Brian of taking any money from the OBA but there have been procedural lapses.
Dr. Praveen Rodrigues was thankful that Johnny Joseph volunteered to do an audit of all the missing
accounts. He also suggested that the OBA appoints an accountant to take care of the accounts as they
are a huge organization and having an accountant will make a positive change.
Girish Punja agreed with having an accountant. Rahul Nixon suggested that an increase in the term of
office would solve this issue. Another suggested that an internal auditor be appointed to review the
financial controls internally because no one can expect a committee member to have each and
everything in place.
Manoj Pasangha mentioned that when a member stands in office, he is answerable to a lot of things.
He also strongly stated to the members that there were vulgar messages all over social media which
has tarnished Brian’s reputation. He also stated that he felt ashamed that the Old Boys were hurling
accusations all over social media which is not part of the Josephite spirit. On behalf of the Old Boys, he
apologised to Brian for all that he and his family had been through for the past few months.
Srinivas Guda (Batch of 1990) stated that he sent a mail to the OBA requesting that the audited
accounts as well as the auditor’s report for the 3 financial years be tabled at this AGM and inquired if it
was going to be done.
Secretary Brian informed the General Body that they haven’t received the audited reports from the
BJES as they had used it for their AGM. Once that is received, it will be circulated in soft copy to all
members and also will be available in the office.
President George stated that he has been allowing people to speak their minds but there is a lacuna
because in the past the OBA used to have its own audit but this has changed in the past few years. He
also mentioned that it will be placed on record the suggestion for our own auditor.
Gopal Bengeri (Batch of 1976) stated that there are procedures that do exist. He inquired on what has
to be done when payments are made despite unanimous rejection by the Managing Committee. He
mentioned that the MC would have to come to the AGM. He stated that if everything was done
according to procedure, there would be no need for the Past Presidents to go into the accounts. He
said that the only thing that is required is the people who have done it had to accept it was their
mistake. He mentioned that there was not even a whiff of allegation in the email that first surfaced.
Ian Faria requested the General Body to sort out this matter as it was becoming too emotional instead
of just being logical. He also requested Franklin, Past President to close this issue.
Franklin said that as he started it, he would finish it. He said he was genuinely tired because the
otherwise 3 day account took 2 months. He said he understood that Brian was tied up with many
organizations and inquired why an accountant was not appointed after the request for the same was
approved by the AGM 4 years ago. He also stated that the OBA, now, could afford to have an
accountant as well as an auditor as they have been in surplus for the past ten years. This organization
was growing because all the Old Boys have worked hard to bring it to what it is today. He requested
Brian to trust other Old Boys when they asked a question with regards to the accounts. He also
requested the incoming Secretary to allocate their work and spread it out so that everybody is
responsible. He also mentioned that if there was another person, in place of Brian, who misplaced 70
lakhs, how would the OBA handle it? He suggested that the procedures, mentioned in the
Memorandum of Association, be followed as it was made to have a system in place. He also apologised
for all that had happened in the past months and hoped his apologies would be accepted in good faith.
Ian Faria thanked Franklin for apologising to the General Body and requested the General Body to close
the issue and move on in Josephite spirit.
Passing of the Statement of Accounts from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019 was proposed by Noel De
Nazareth and seconded by Dr. Bryan Nobbay. It was put to voice vote and declared as passed by the
[To ratify the election officers] – The President asked the General Body to ratify appointment of the
election officers Zaki Khaleeli and Gurmeet Randhawa. He also stated that, as circulated, the venue for
voting would be the Concert Hall.
This was ratified unanimously by the House.
101.13 [To consider and adopt resolutions proposed by the Managing Committee or from any individual
member after providing sufficient notice, with permission of the Chair] – The President confirmed
that there were no resolutions received.
101.14 [To appoint an auditor for the year 2019-2020] – After a lot of discussions, it was decided that the
BJES Auditor continue to be the External Auditor for the OBA while the incoming committee was
requested to appoint an Internal Auditor as soon as possible.
This was proposed by Girish Punja and seconded by Dr. Bryan Nobbay.
101.15 [To consider any other business, with the permission of the Chair] – There was no other business
101.16 [Vote of Thanks] – Nishant Gurjer proposed a Vote of Thanks.
101.17 [To elect the Office Bearers and Managing Committee for the year 2019-20] – The selected Election
Officer, Gurmeet Randhawa, took over and read out the names of the candidates standing for
Post of President – Ian Lewis and Nishant Gurjer
st Vice President – Dr. Praveen Rodrigues (unopposed)
nd Vice President – Rajeev Shenoy and Pramodh Naidu
Managing Committee – Sameer Gurjer, Sunil Rasquinha, Vinay Kamath, Kartik Murlidharan, Rehan
Ajani, Avijit Dutt, Rebecca D’Silva, Charles Raj, K N Naren, Aditya Kaura, Vikram Chugh, Vinay Jain, Jaya
Prabhu, Antonio Antony, Gavin Cordeiro
Secretary – Gurmeet stated that 2 nominations were filed but had to be rejected as per Section 7.1 of
the existing rules. He suggested that the incoming MC, at their first meeting, elect the Secretary from
the elected members of MC so that the Secretary can be functional from the first meeting itself.
Post election, the following were declared elected:
President: Ian Lewis (1990)
st Vice President (unopposed): Dr. Praveen Rodrigues (1985)
nd Vice President: Rajeev Shenoy (1996)
Aditya Kaura (1991)
Charles Raj (1983)
Rebecca D’Silva (2016)
Sameer Gurjer (1998)
Sunil Rasquinha (1995)
Vikram Chugh (1992)
Vinay Jain (2015)
What started as a young handsome lad entering St. Anthony’s Boys School in 1943 and had a long and rewarding career through St. Joseph’s, culminated
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