Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu: At the recent 19th General Body Meeting and Triennial Conference of the All India Association of Christian Higher Education (AIACHE) Conference, held at Hotel Singaar International, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu for AIACHE member institutions, Fr. Victor Lobo SJ, Principal, St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Bengaluru was conferred with the Best Principal Award.
With the participation of over 200 colleges across India, the theme of the conference centred around ‘Resurrect: Reaffirming Priorities and Creating the Future together in Today’s Context’. Hon’ble T Mano Thangaraj, Minister for IT, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, Rt. Rev. Remigius, Bishop Emeritus, Roman Catholic Diocese of Kottar, Tamil Nadu, Dr Manoj Kumar Kejriwal, National Commission for Minority Education Institutions, Justice Narendra Kumar Jain, National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions were some of the eminent personalities present at the event.
Commented Dr M. Davamani Christober, newly elected President of AIACHE, “Noted educationists who are committed to shaping the future of education and who are contributing significantly towards education research and development are leaders in bringing about positive societal change. Fr. Victor Lobo SJ, Principal of St. Joseph’s College is a role model to us educationists in striving towards this greater purpose”.
Commented Fr. Victor Lobo SJ, “The College ranks first in the country in the 4th cycle of NAAC with 3.79/4.00 CGPA, due to which the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) upgraded the college into University under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) and directed the State Govt. to pass the St. Joseph’s University Act. Accordingly, the St. Joseph’s University Act was passed in March 2021. The college stands out for its Outreach programmes which include adopting Govt. schools and reaching out to elevate the underprivileged sections of society. The College has also been awarded by the Limca Book of Records, Asia Book of Records and India Book of Records.
The three-day conference centred around the future of education and recognised noted educationist for key traits which includes their ability to manage effectively, encourage a culture of creativity and innovation, foster collaboration and partnerships, keep abreast of developments in the field of education and industry, demonstrating exemplary leadership and commitment and most importantly fostering an environment towards teamwork are all qualities that were parameters in the judging criteria for the Best Principal’s award by AIACHE.
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