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Catholic educator in India warns against rising threats on Christians academic institutions

Father Suresh Mathew, editor of Indian Currents weekly in New Delhi, warned against the escalating threat faced by Christians and church-run institutions in India.

The Capuchin priest made the statement during the annual general body meeting of the Association of Catholic Educational Institutions in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Over 200 principals from various Catholic educational institutions in the two northern Indian states gathered at the event.

It was held at St. Peter’s College in Agra from September 6-7, and aimed to emphasize how Catholic institutions should adapt to the changing times.

The gathering closely examined the growing attacks on educational institutions, particularly in northern India.

Father Mathew spoke on the topic of “Public Relations and Crisis Management,” using video presentations to shed light on potential challenges faced by educational institutions run by Christians and propose effective remedies.

He emphasized the need for public relations officers in every school to handle situations when institutions face challenges from Hindutva forces.

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According to the priest, “The PRO should gather facts, assess the situation, and prepare appropriate information for the media.”

Father Mathew pointed out that, in many cases, problems arise due to institutional idiosyncrasies and urged institution heads to prioritize resolving these internal issues.

Keshav Chaudhary, Additional Commissioner of Police and the event’s chief guest advocated for teaching children how to address societal injustice and become voices for the voiceless.

He stressed the importance of imparting awareness of cultural history, roots, and events that have shaped the nation, society, and families.

Carmelite Father Sunny Joseph delved into the concept of transformational leadership and discussed how principals and teachers can drive educational change through intellectual stimulation, inspirational motivation, individualized consideration, and idealized influence.

He emphasized that discipline, in both individuals and thought and action, alongside core values, mission, and vision, are essential for institutional success.

Bishop Gerald Mathias of Lucknow, president of the education association, quoted Nelson Mandela, saying, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

He emphasized that educators should serve as builders of bridges, nurturing students into better individuals who contribute to societal transformation and global betterment.

Archbishop Raphy Manjaly of Agra expressed satisfaction in hosting the meeting and emphasized that graduates from Christian institutions should exemplify integrity and a spirit of service and stewardship.

This article was first published by Matters India. It was edited to fit the reporting style of LiCAS.news.

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