Christians concerned over future of education

November 20, 2017 by  
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Kolkata, November 19, 2017: A Church-organized colloquium in Kolkata has expressed concern over alleged rise in “subtle attempts” to “saffronise” educational establishments in the country.

“We have a right to be present and that very right is being challenged” said Father George Thadathil, moderating a discussion on “the Future of Christian Higher Education and Contemporary Transitions in India.”

Stressing the minorities’ rights guaranteed in the Constitution, the priest said the topic was pertinent in the contemporary educational scenario “as subtle attempts are being made to saffronise educational establishments of the country.”

The Nov. 16 colloquium in Kolkata marked the 80th year of Salesian College, Sonada, Darjeeling.

The Catholic Universities that participated in the colloquium include Christ University Bengaluru and St Joseph University Kohima.

Several speakers expressed their anguish at the sense of anxiety and apprehension that has crept into the country in the past three years.

“The situation is changing very fast…. In the last three years, we have come across certain changes which we could never think of before,” said Valson Thampu, former principal of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

“We are passing through a stage when we need to be extremely circumspect. We can’t afford to stay static. We have to be cautious about the challenges. And we must understand our greatest challenge is to survive,” Thampu added.

All the six speakers in the colloquium expressed dissatisfaction with the way the minorities were not being allowed to enjoy the rights granted to them in the Constitution.

Sister Christina Coutino, principal of Loreto College, Calcutta, said rights guaranteed by the Constitution were being breached. “There has been breach of ideals enshrined in our Constitution. Such as the Articles 29 and 30.”

“Christians are known… for their social responsibilities, in education, health and social services, and in their mission to transform persons to better,” Sister Coutino added.

Archbishop of Calcutta Thomas D’Souza said “the identity of Christian education should be clear…Like Mother Teresa had no confusion about her mission: to work for the poorest of poor.”

– india today / telegrpah

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