Inauguration of the Jesuit Chennai Mission
Jesuit Chennai Mission’s first Superior, Rev. Fr. Victor, assumed his office on 15th June 2007 in a well attended Eucharistic Celebration presided over by Rev. Fr. Provincial at Loyola College Church, Chennai with the theme “With heart full of courage to go beyond the Margins”. The scholastics from Berchmans Illam & Loyola Community added solemnity by singing during the mass. After the mass, a short felicitation function in honor of the new Mission Superior took place.
Inauguration of the Chennai Mission Office
On the same day, the Jesuit Chennai Mission Office was opened in the Loyola College Campus. Rev. Fr. Provincial blessed and opened the Mission Office. After opening of the office, a short function took place in the Mission Office hall. Rev. Fr. Boniface Jeyaraj welcomed all those who had assembled in the hall. After that, Fr. Maria Joe, the Director of the Mission Office, briefly shared about the planned activities in the Office.
The symbolic inauguration of the few schemes took place after the felicitations. The schemes were, Sponsorship Scheme for educating the rural dalit children, Sponsorship for educating the poor dalit youth at Loyola College and Employment for the trained dropout youth from the mission area. The meeting came to an end with the vote of thanks proposed by Rev. Fr. Victor, the new Mission Superior.
FIRST JESUIT CHENNAI MISSION ASSEMBLY
(28 and 29 December 2007)
CELEBRATING OUR UNION AND ENVISIONING OUR FUTURE
The Jesuit Chennai Mission Assembly began as the Jesuits of the Madurai Province and people from the mission assembled in front of the Loyola Statue, in Loyola College, Chennai. Fr. Victor SJ the first Mission Superior invoked the blessing of God through the intercession of St Ignatius of Loyola. Thereafter the gathering moved in procession towards Christ the King Church in Loyola College Campus, accompanied by Tamil traditional music and traditional folk dance.
The Eucharist was celebrated by the Archbishop of Madras-Mylapore archdiocese, His Grace Most Rev. A.M.Chinnapa, DD, SDB and other concelebrants. The greeting letter from Very Rev. Fr Peter Hans Kolvenbach SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, was read out by the Mission Superior.
reportThe first session began by joining hands with the people representing from all our mission stations through the cultural programme. In the afternoon the second session began, by the Jesuits, listening to the expectations of the people from the different mission stations.
In the evening the third session began on the topic “Measuring Empowerment: Approaches to rural development” by Mr Vijay Mahajan chairman BASIX..
On the second day of the assembly, the first session began on the topic “Translating ideas into actions: Models and practices” by Fr Dr Prakash Louis SJ, director Bihar Social Institute, Patna. A thorough profile of Northern Tamilnadu was statistically presented. He highlighted some of the core issues of the northern region of Tamilnadu. He also hinted on the probable responses from the Jesuits regarding:
The second Session of the day was the group discussion in which the group discussed
1. What are the measures or actions you want to see in the three key areas. a. Education b. Employment c. Empowerment
2. What are the priorities in them?
The third session was chaired by Fr. Peter Francis in he collated all the points from the group discussion and read out the statement that he drafted to the gathering. Since the house felt that it could be further refined, a final approval to the draft was kept in abeyance. At the end of the session Fr Mission Superior thanked and appreciated the gathering and exhorted them to march ahead in new vistas, even if we are slow. Fr. Provincial also addressed the gathering regarding the futuristic plans for the Chennai Mission.
The two day programme came to a close with a concelebrated Eucharist by Fr Provincial and Fr Mission Superior.
Chennai Mission’s Vision Statement
We the participants of the first Jesuit Chennai Assembly 2007, solemnly rededicate ourselves to ‘empowering the marginalized, especially the rural poor and the dalits’. We look back with gratitude and as we listen to the success stories of our target people what marvels the Lord has done. A socio political and locational analysis makes us restate out priorities in the following terms.
We of the Chennai mission in actualizing the Gospel values like to make Education, Employability and Empowerment the guiding principles of our future action and we focus specially on women, the children and the unorganized sector.
It shall be our endeavour to provide quality primary education to the children in our mission area by starting primary schools where there are none and by providing out of school support to children from deprived sections and schools. We shall focus on universal enrolment and stem stagnation and dropouts. We shall ensure and enhance the learning of those in secondary and higher education by providing them with motivation, learning management and by creating study centres and hostels. Girl students especially will be helped to pursue education. Arts and Science colleges, and professional colleges that open their doors to these less privileged groups would be one of our priorities.
Making the educated employable will also be our concern and we shall do this by providing skills and competence development for them. An entrepreneur centre that can serve as a research, resource and training centre can guarantee better employability.
Micro credit units and self help groups (SHG) would go a long way in emancipating and empowering the women in our areas. Basic amenities especially housing for the poorest of the poor would be an obligation on our part.
We envision an apex body that can encompass all these activities, research, based on and can liaise with other like minded groups including the government, other religious and the NGOs. We are aware also of the constraints like finances, competent and dedicated personnel as also addressing the locational and inclusiveness issues in our mission.
While we realize much has been done much more remains to be done, it is our firm belief that this mission which like the mustard seed of the gospel had a modest start will with the blessings of the Lord who has called us to His mission, grow and yield fruits 60 fold, 80 fold and even 100 fold. So help us God.
LOYOLA COLLEGE–(8,500 students)
Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA)
Loyola College of Education (2007)
Indian Centre for Development of Community Education (ICRDCE)
Loyola Higher Sec School (850 children)
Gracy Home for girls (150 children)
Loyola Home for boys (153 children)
Good Samaritan Home (70 children)
Aruppe Home for Boys (50 students)
182 Evening Study Centres (8,500 children)
Summer Camp for 3 weeks
Educating Dalit students in Jesuit Colleges
Dalit Human Rights Centre (DHRC)
Legal & Social Awareness Training
Campaign against Untouchability
Publication of KALAM monthly magazine
PATHAI- Social Development Centre
Tamilnadu Social Watch
Saving Scheme & Economic Development
Women Self Help Groups
Constructing Houses for Poor Dalits
Loyola Technical Training Centre
Loyola Driving School
Loyola Community College
St. Joseph’s Industrial School
CHENNAI MISSION’S ACTION PROGRAMMES
PHASE I – (2007 -2012)
Envisaged ACTION PROGRAMMES Target Group
1. LOYOLA COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
in Madras University Zone (2007)
Training the Trainers at the High School level Dalit & Other Graduates
100 Trainees per batch
2. LOYOLA ANIMATION CENTRE
Mettupalayam, (2007) Empowering the marginalized people
through social training programs
3. ENTREPRENEUR CENTRE
Rural Dalit Graduates
40 trainees per batch
4. LOYOLA ARTS & SCIENCE COLLEGE
Thiruvannamalai District (2009)
Rural Students who have completed
School Studies; 300 students per year
5. College with Job Oriented Courses
in Vilupuram District
Rural Students who have completed
6. LOYOLA TEACHER TRAINING INSTITUTE
at Kuppayanallur ( 2009)
Rural Girls who have completed
School Studies, 50 trainees per batch
Training the Trainers at the Primary
& Middle School level
7. Loyola –ICAM College of Engineering &
Technology, Chennai (2010)
To make the professional education
available for the rural poor and dalit
8. MATRICULATION SCHOOL
Kancheepuram District (2010)
Rural Children in & around
Phase II (Year: 2012 – 2017)
1. Hostels for Rural Boys & Girls in strategic places
Students (Boys and Girls)would stay in one place and would pursue education, within a radius
of about 20 Km, in various schools and colleges. They would have supplementary coaching in the evenings
and during the weekends they would have training in leadership and human resource development.
2. Scholarship to Poor Students at all levels
Most of the rural students are poor and hence they need financial support. Jesuit institutions are extending
financial support but this could be extended for other deserving students who do not study in the Jesuit
educational institutions as well.
3. Nursing School for Girls
There is need and demand for registered nurses nationally and internationally. The rural poor and Dalit
girls, after their higher secondary education, could be trained as registered nurses – They could easily get
4. Housing for the Poor Dalits
In addition to the houses which are being built and apart from the houses they have been built for the
tsunami affected people, more and more houses need to be built on regular basis.
5. Resource Centre for Rural Development
Rural development would bring in lasting change to the economy and this would be an effective way for
LOYOLA COLLEGE VETTAVALAM (July 2009)
For the Rural Youth
Jesuit Madurai Province which is rendering education as a service throughout Tamilnadu State is taking all the steps to establish New Loyola Arts and Science College at Vettavalam in Thiruvannamalai District through the Chennai Mission in July 2009.The College has planned to admit per subject 60 rural poor & dalit students who have passed higher secondary studies in the Chennai mission area.
The major goal of the new College is to provide quality higher education to marginalized
dalit and rural poor youth in northern Tamilnadu state.
Courses to be offered in Phase I
1. Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com)
2. Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
3. Bachelor of Computer Science (BCS)
4. Bachelor of Computer Application(BCA)
5. Bachelor of English Literature (B.A. Lit)
Infrastructure Facilities for the envisaged College
As part of infrastructure development, the construction of the Ground Floor part of the Academic Main Building is completed and the first floor construction work is going on in full swing now thanks to the financial support of our donors. The second floor will be added soon. The required separate hostels for boys and girls will also be constructed.
The institution has submitted application to the Directorate of College Education and it has been forwarded to the officials. A joint director committee along with certain faculties has visited the college to assess the infrastructure facility available in the college. After getting the approval from the university Official admission will be started.
The proposed Rural College is expected to start in July 2009.
LOYOLA TEACHER TRAINING INSTITUTE (LTTI),
KUPPAYANALLUR (July 2009)
Loyola Teacher Training Institute in Kuppayanallur, Kancheepuram District is planned to be started in July 2009. The envisaged Teacher Training Institute would reache out to the rural poor and dalit girls so as to train them as qualified teachers and empower them with a prosperous career.
1. To Produce Good Teachers from Rural Areas of the Chennai Mission
2. To Empower the Rural Poor and Dalit Girls
3. To provide employment oriented training to Rural girls
4. To enable the expensive teacher training programme available for poor
and rural girls
5. To motivate the rural girls to study well and aspire more for development
in the area
The Teacher training institute has planned a 2 years course and to train 50 students per year. Rural Poor and Dalit girls who have completed Higher Secondary Education in Chennai mission are eligible to undergo this training programme.
LOYOLA- ICAM COLLEGE
Of ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY (LICET),
CHENNAI, (July 2010).
The Jesuits are known to be pioneers in many areas especially in education. After doing their best in secondary and higher education in Tamilnadu, the Jesuits are now working on founding an engineering college. The purpose of opening up the vistas of technical education is to empower the rural poor and the socially marginalized, especially the Dalits in the Chennai Mission.
The proposed engineering college is expected to start admitting students by August/September in 2010. This is a joint venture between Loyola College Society (Chennai) and ICAM (Institut Catholique d’Arts et Métiers) at Lille, France. And hence the institution would be called ‘Loyola-ICAM College of Engineering and Technology’ (LICET). The common values that Loyola and ICAM share is that the students, after their education, should become men and women for others and they should come out with social responsibility. Loyola and ICAM would work on collaboration – Not only in designing
curriculum but also with regard to faculty and student exchange programmes. The unique feature of LICET would be to train as well as form the students with exposure to industrial training as well. LICET would be situated in Loyola Campus. And for the sake of employing the non-engineering graduates One-Year-Training (OYT) programme would be initiated already in July/August 2009. After the training the students would be absorbed in industries.
LICET would be the melting pot of Indo-French culture. As more and more French industries are coming up in Tamilnadu, especially around Chennai, LICET would be able to train the Indian as well as French students who would work for French companies in India and Indian companies in France. In order to facilitate this goal the students would be able to do their studies both in India and in France. In addition, Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) would also play an effective role in forming the engineering students as managers and entrepreneurs.
Fr General has given permission to send in the application to AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) and also to sign MoU between LICET and ICAM. By June 2009 it is expected to start with the building and the inspection committee would be invited in February 2010 so that LICET becomes operational in August/September 2010.
The following courses would be available: a. Electrical and Electronics Engineering; b. Electronics Communication Engineering; c. Computer Science Engineering; and d. Mechanical Engineering. For those who cannot afford to pay the fees, there would be scholarships available.
News from the other Centers
LOYOLA COLLEGE OF EDUCATION IN THE NEW BUILDING
The new born Chennai mission and Loyola College Community decided and started the Loyola College of Education in September 2007 which gives B. Ed education as a self financing course. Fr. Sebastian, a veteran in running a B. Ed College with a rich experience along with necessary qualification was given the responsibility as the Principal.
Within a year of its inception Loyola College of Education has paved way for the development of the students as well as the teachers. As a reward for the hard work done by the Students the results of 2007 was cent percent pass in the University exams and the meritorious student’s secured 2nd and 4th rank in the university rank of the University examination. 20 Schools across Tamilnadu have approached Loyola College of Education for recruiting the students as their teachers.
In the month of May 2009 the Loyola college of Education will have the first prestigious convocation for the first batch of students. Dr. A.R. Veera Mani, the Registrar of Tamilnadu Teachers Education University will preside over the function and will deliver the degrees to the students. On the same evening, the 2nd College Day of Loyola College of Education is organized.
The remarkable achievement of the institution is that through the tireless work of Jesuit Chennai mission the management has constructed a separate new block for Loyola College of Education, the block is named as “Arrupe Centenary Building”. The New block will be blessed by Rev. Fr. A. Victor, S.J., Mission Superior, Jesuit Chennai Mission and will be inaugurated by Dr. T. Padmanaban, Vice Chancellor, Tamilnadu Teacher’s Education University, Chennai. The Loyola College of Education Building is fully furnished with spacious classrooms, computer academy and Conference Hall.
LOYOLA INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL, RANIPET
Annual Day Celebration
Loyola Industrial School, Ranipet celebrated its annual day on March 23rd on a grand scale. It was presided over by Fr. Roy Lazar, Parish Priest of Veppoor and Professor at Madras University. In his presidential address emphasized that the Catholic approach to education aims at preparing boys/girls in the service of others. The chief guest of the function was
Mr. A.S. Jeevarathinam, I.A.S. the Commissioner, DET, Guindy, Chennai. In his address, he emphasized the need for developing one’s skills through formal industrial education.
The variety entertainment which followed after the Chief Guest address was filled with colorful dances, declamation, an English skit and a Tamil drama. All the items were of high quality due to the intense preparation that went previous to this function. The August gatherings for this function were priests, sisters and well wishers
from in and around Ranipet.
ST. JOSEPH’S INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL, Ooty
St Joseph’s Industrial School (SJIS) Ooty established in 1931 has continuously focused on skills training of youth from economically and socially weakest families to capacitate them so as to meet their obligations towards maintenance of their families.
The skills training is not only geared to technical and vocational skills but is integrated with life coping skills for the world of work.
Constructing a New Building for St. Joseph Boys’ Home
The present boys’ home was built in 1961 to accommodate only 60 boys. The old building of St. Joseph’s Home became unfit to accommodate the trainees last year during the rainy season there in 2007. The trainees stay in a temporary shelter now. Since the matter was so urgent, the mission made an appeal and managed to get financial support from the province and the donors in Germany for constructing the new hostel building. The construction work is going on in full swing now.
Loyola Higher Secondary School, Kuppayanallur
New Action-Programmes of Chennai Mission
• Starting Loyola Matriculation School at Vadamelpakkam in Kancheepuram District in
collaboration with Fr. Albert Diedrich, Germany. Feasibility Study is going on now.
• Starting a Matriculation School in Kumabakonam Diocese as per the invitation from the bishop
of Kumbakonam Diocese. Feasibility Study is on now.
International Volunteers in Chennai Mission
As part of promoting further collaboration and partnership at the international level, Chennai Mission is pleased to have some volunteers from Germany and Austria during this year, thanks to our partners.
Chennai Mission’s Action- Programmes are taking a concrete shape
one by one gradually with the kind and generous support of our
Our Sincere Thanks
To ALL OUR DONORS!
Our Contact Details:
Jesuit Chennai Mission Office,
Loyola College Campus,
CHENNAI – 600 034.
Tamilnadu State, INDIA.
Phone: +91 44 28178411/ +91 44 28178422