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Catholic Higher Education Society Stress Values in Higher Education

Oct. 7, 2013

The Catholic Church in India has a great dream to offer quality higher education and to reinforce values  that are so characteristic to our community and people, said Archbishop Albert D’Souza, Secretary General of the CBCI and President of the Catholic Higher Education Society of North India (CHES), at St. Peter’s College, here on October 2. The Archbishop was inaugurating the two-day seminar on value based higher education in North India organised by  the  Catholic Higher Education Society (CHES).

Prof Mohd Muzammil, Vice Chancellor of Agra University, in his keynote address said education should focus on the three pillars of quality, quantity and equality than merely consider it as a career and oriented towards earning money.  Director of NISCORT and Secretary CBCI Office for Social Communications, Fr. George Plathottam emphasised the need to remove bottlenecks and class ceiling which do not provide access to large sections of students. The most affected are those who are poor, marginalised who nevertheless are eligible for higher education.  It is a contradiction that the government of India  which runs world class management and technical, medical institutions cannot provide basic primary education to the masses. India still has the highest illiterate population, he noted. Prof Gracious Thomas, Director School of Social Works, IGNOU, conducted three sessions on the principles and priorities in higher education and values that need to constitute the defining hallmark of Catholic institutions that impart higher education.

The Catholic Higher Education Society (CHES) is a forum of all the Catholic higher educational institutions spread across 17 dioceses in nine states of North India.  Earlier, Fr. Jose Manjiyil, CST, Secretary of CHES,  welcomed the delegates and felicitated two nuns and lay woman who have completed their PhD in the region. CHES established seven years ago discussed plans to give greater attention to promote higher education through establishment of colleges, medical institutions of higher education and explore the possibility of establishing a private university in the region, promote research and  scholarship for the deserving students.

Source: CBCI website

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