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Jesuit meet on education to start today

The other major issue to be discussed is related to global ecological concerns and global networking.


The principals and directors of all the Jesuit educational institutions in the country would gather in Kolkata for the Jesuit Higher Education meet.

St. Xavier's College in the city would host the 3-day annual gathering of one of the largest educational networks in the country.

The participants of the meet, which starts today, would discuss issues pertaining to higher education in the country.

"We meet every year to take major decisions about where we should go as higher education institutes in the country. One Jesuit college hosts it each year in turn," said Father Felix Raj, principal of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata.

Around 65 Jesuit college principals and management institute directors would take part in the meeting to be held at Dhyan Ashram, Joka in the city.

Fr. Raj said this year’s main issues would be the higher education in the context of the 12th Five Year Plan.

"We as a group will have to take major decisions on how to effectively contribute to the aims of the 12th Five Year Plan. One of the major things that need to be discussed is how we can raise the gross enrolment ratio from 17 per cent to 30 per cent as mentioned in the Five Year Plan," he added.

The other major issue to be discussed is related to global ecological concerns and global networking, he said.

There are 46 Jesuit colleges and 12 management institutes run by the congregation across the country.

In the last three years, the Jesuits have started six colleges in eastern India, such as St. Xavier's College, Dumka, St. Xavier's College, Rajgunj and St. Xavier's College, Patna.


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