The annual meeting of Jesuit Faculties Forum in South Asia was held at De Nobili College, Pune on 28 January. The principals/presidents, rectors of the Faculties of JnanaDeepaVidyapeeth, Vidyajyoti and SatyaNilayam along with the other members of JFFSA attended it. Fr. P.R.John conducted an inspiring short prayer to begin with. Fr. Raj Irudaya, secretary of JFFSA welcomed the members and presented the report of the meeting of the last year.
Frs. Konrad, Dinesh and Shiju presented in a nutshell the findings of an elaborate study JDV had conducted on the appraisal of the teaching staff. The study was much appreciated by the entire forum. It was suggested that this module could be made as a standard one for the other Faculties too and the group offered pertinent observations and suggestions. A team was formed to work at the standard module of Staff Appraisal taking into consideration the unique nature and needs of the three faculties. Frs. Selvarathnam, P.R.John and E.P.Mathew presented the initiatives and efforts taken last academic year in JDV, Vidyajyoti and SatyaNilayam respectively. It was quite enriching to listen and learn from one another.
The issues and concerns that emerged from the presentations and discussions were taken up for further deliberations. Social involvement of the institutes with rigorous intellectual reflection on it was highly recommended to enhance the philosophical and theological formation. Networking with other academic centres in the country and collaboration with the global Jesuit centres of higher education were also discussed. It was also pointed out that our Faculties could creatively respond to the rising socio-political scenario of our country and could come out with relevant statement and guidance which would be of service to the Church in India.
Fr. George Pattery, POSA conducted the final session of fruit-gathering through spiritual conversation. He highly appreciated and encouraged JFFSA for its steady progress and functioning. It was decided that the next JFFSA meeting would be conducted in VJ, Delhi on 20 January 2019.
- Raj Irudaya SJ