As a tribute to its founder Vishwasrao Chowgule, Chowgule College will be celebrating Founders Day on 26th August at the college campus. This year the college will host ad wizard Agnello Dias, Chairman of Taproot India, the country’s most awarded advertising agency at the college campus to interact with students.
Widely known as Aggie, Agnello Dias is a Goan hailing from the village of Sarzora in south Goa who has today grown to be one of the leading names in the advertising world. Some of Agnelo’s popular ad campaigns include the Nike ad with the popular Bebdo song by Lorna, Airtel’s foot – tapping Har ek friend zaroori hota hai, Times of India’s Aman ki Asha campaign and the Mumbai Mirror campaigns amongst others. Having worked at some of the most prestigious ad agencies like JWT, Lowe Lintas and Leo Burnett today Agnello Dias is the proud Chairman and Co-founder of Taproot India. His name has figured in the 100 Most Creative People in Business list for 2013 compiled by US-based Fast Company magazine. Dias, is the only Indian on the list. His company, Taproot India also received the Creative Agency of the Year at Ad Fest 2013 held in Thailand. In 2012, the Gunn Report which details the most successful print and television advertising campaigns of the year, mentioned Taproot as the No. 1 creative agency in India.
Founder’s Day celebration is an annual fixture on Chowgule College’s calendar of events. Regarded as one of the pioneer of industrialization in the state, Sri Vishwasrao Chowgule fought against the odds to create what he believed in. A philanthropist at heart, he founded Smt. Parvatibai Chowgule College in the year 1962. He had a clear vision for the college and was committed to advancement in the field of education. Founded in memory of his mother, the college was inaugurated by a woman, the then External Minister Mrs. Lakshmi Menon on 23rd June 1962. Since then the college has come a long way under the able guidance of the trustees of the Chowgule College Society and has achieved numerous milestones in the field of education, sports, academics and cultural events.
Says Dr. R. V Gaonkar, Principal, Chowgule College, “Our founder, Shri Vishwasrao Chowgule was committed to creating a centre for excellence in the field of education. Keeping his vision in mind, the past 50 years has seen constant innovation and development in academics, infrastructure, teaching skills and all round development of the students. Even though we focus a lot on education, we lay equal emphasis on instilling good values, inspiring higher thought and motivating our students to achieve success to the best of their abilities.” He further adds, “We at Chowgule College thought of inviting individuals who have extraordinary stories to share. Our aim is to enable the staff and students to get inspired by the personal stories of individuals who have gone on to be achievers in their own chosen fields.”
Chowgule College has over the years invited various achievers from across the country to interact with its students. Chetan Bhagat, Nandita Das, Viswanathan Anand and Geet Sethi among others have been speakers at the college.