Kolkata will host a national colloquium on “Future of Christian Higher Education and Contemporary Transitions in India” on November 16 to launch the 80th year of Salesian College Sonada.
“For the first time, the colloquium will witness five Catholic universities of India,” Principal of Salesian College Dr George Thadathil told Matters to India on Oct. 22.
The event will be held at Don Bosco School Park Circus in Kolkata.
Father Thadthil adds, “The topic is pertinent in the contemporary educational scenario in India and the rising number of subtle attempts in the saffronization of educational establishments in the country.”
He expressed the hope that, “the colloquium while exposing the alarming trends in higher education will also inspire a growing number of Christian Institutions of educational excellence to upgrade them- selves to serve minorities and marginalized groups.” Salesian College Sonada, Darjeeling with a campus in Sliguri planes, a constituent college of North Bengal University, has applied for Autonomous status since two years. The Catholic Universities invited to participate in the colloquium include: Assam Don Bosco University Guwahati, Christ University Bangalore, St Xavier University Bhubaneswar, St Xavier University Kolkata, and St Joseph University Kohima, Nagaland.
The colloquium will discuss topics such as: Mission in Higher Education and Contemporary Transitions in India; Church’s Social Concern and Challenges from Corporates in Higher Education.
Among the speakers are: Chancellor of Don Bosco Univeristy Fr V.M. Thomas; Former Principal of Delhi’s St Stephen’s College Dr Valson Thampu; Vice-Chancellor of Christ University Dr Thomas C. Mathew; Professor of Eminence in Sociology & HoD Social Work Tezpur Central University Dr Virginius Xaxa; and Jesuit Higher Education Commission Coordinator Dr Xavier Alphonse.