St Xavier's College - National Seminar on Jesuit Initiatives in Higher Education - 20 & 21 Nov
Celebrating 150 Years of High Quality Education at St Xavier's, Mumbai
This year St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, celebrates 150 years since its inception. In this sesquicentennial year, one of the many events scheduled has a singularly Jesuit focus. It was felt appropriate that a research seminar be held on Jesuit initiatives in higher education, as this is a theme most closely associated with this anniversary.
From the moment of its inception, the Jesuit Order, though primarily a missionary one, found that education was one of the best means to impart wholesome values to whole masses of people. In the remote past - from its very inception - the Order to a large extent focused on educating the wealthy and the powerful, as it was felt that these values would trickle down to the masses. In recent times, Jesuits the world over have modified this strategy in favour of a more comprehensive and equitable approach to education in general and higher education in particular. Jesuits wish to offer good quality education to people of diverse classes, races, genders, cultures, nations, etc.
The seminar titled "Jesuit Initiatives in Higher Education in South Asia" is intended to highlight efforts of Jesuits from the 16th century till today in imparting quality formation at the highest levels of institutionalized or formal education. The seminar will focus on three major chronological segments: the period from the founding of the Society till its Suppression in 1773; the period from the Restoration of the Society of Jesus in 1814 till the 20th century, and more recent developments in the late 20th and early 21st century. General themes on higher education will also feature in the research seminar.
The dynamics of the seminar are intended to be historical, critical and forward looking in approach. Scholars are expected to share their knowledge about the projects and achievements of initiatives in higher education, and point the way forward to future possible and necessary contributions of the Society of Jesus in South Asia. It is intended that the research seminar will fructify in terms of a book publication. Hence the insistence on it being a "research seminar," with fully developed papers in view of publication, and not just a seminar featuring oral presentations.
Contributors are expected to prepare a research text ready for publication by the end of October, 2019. The text needs to be between 5,000 to 6,000 words, including references and footnotes. The style to be used is provided in a separate attachment.
The content of the articles are expected to be both descriptive and evaluative. While it is important to record historical developments regarding initiatives in higher education, the impact of such education also needs to be evaluated. Finally, recommendations for future initiatives in higher education are welcome in each article.
The themes for the seminar are as follows:
General and historical themes:
1. Overview of Jesuit initiatives in higher education in South Asia [Keynote Address]: S. Ignacimuthu
2. Origins of Jesuit higher education in South Asia: Tony da Silva
3. Contribution to higher education in science: Job Kozhamthadam
4. Contribution of the Jesuits of St. Xavier's College to Science Education: Roy Pereira
Post-restoration initiatives in higher education:
5. The Bengal Mission: Xavier Savarimuthu
6. The Madura Mission: Xavier Alphonso
7. The Bombay Mission: Savio Abreu
8. The Malabar Mission: Denis Fernandes
Recent developments in higher education:
9. Management education: Joe Arun
10. Technical education: John Rose
11. Media education: Vinayak Jadhav
12. Jesuit initiatives in non-urban areas and for marginalized communities: Walter Fernandes
13. Social science research: Denzil Fernandes
14. Moving towards autonomy: Frazer Mascarenhas and Vivien Amonkar
Dr. Joan Dias [Director, Heras Institute of Indian History and Culture, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai]
Fr. (Dr.) Savio Abreu, S.J. [Ex-Director, Xavier Centre for Historical Research, Porvorim, Goa]
Fr. (Dr.) Keith D'Souza, S.J. [Rector, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai]