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Director's Message:

Competency, criticality and compassion are the three cardinal values that Loyola model of service leaning is imparting to students. In fact, this is the core of Jesuit education. What we are and what we become, are conditioned by what we experience and what we encounter in life. This is a journey of discovering oneself and the world view. We have plenty of intelligence: social intelligence, environmental intelligence, cultural intelligence, artificial intelligence and so on and forth.

The academic world measures the candidates based on intelligence and the ability to impress upon the people with their smart intelligence, accuracy of arguments and logical reasoning. Life is not connected to intelligence alone. Most of the problems are committed not by ordinary people but intellectuals. The educational system has enhanced them to manipulate others, exploit fellow human beings, and hoard things unethically. Behind all these anomalies and tragedies, is the culture of indifference, culture of superficiality and culture of normalization. To create counter culture is the hallmark of Jesuit education.

Department of Service Learning (OUTREACH) creates a culture of building connections with slum people, the abandoned women and widows, dropouts, directionless youth in an urban setting for PG & UG ll year students. Regardless of social, economic, cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds, all students visit the slums regularly, conduct programs for environmental awareness, health and hygiene programs, encourage self-help groups, initiate women entrepreneurship programs and organize Republic day and Independence Day events.

The first year PG students spend one week with rural people, where they experience the hardship of landless labourers, indebtedness of agricultural workers, caste discriminations, incidence of honour (Cruel) killings, exclusions, and economic backwardness. Students become deeply aware of the larger dynamics of the rural world, its complexity and its bearings on social groups. Touched by the hospitality and warmth of village people, students go to the slums with villagers during day time to work and experience the pain, anxiety and the joy of farmers. Bliss is written large on the faces of village children, even though they are deprived of many things in life.

Student community is deeply touched and encouraged by the resilience of people. They promise to become agents of social change for better, humane and an inclusive society. Students promise to work for peace, toil for sustainable development, and galvanize their forces to save mother earth and pioneer human rights works. The goal of Jesuit education today is described in terms of the formation of “Multiplying Agents” and “Men and Women for and with others”. All progress takes place outside the comfort zones said Michael John Bobak. By stepping out of the comfort zone of college corridors and cocoons of class rooms, one nods the discovery and destiny of oneself.

Rev. Dr. Louie Albert SJ,
Director, Department of Service Learning (Outreach)

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Principal & Chairman
Rev. Dr F. Andrew, S.J.

Secretary and Correspondent
Rev. Dr D. Selvanayakam, S.J.

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Rev. Fr. Justin Prabhu, S.J.
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