Jesuit Higher Education in South Asia (JHEASA)
With the advent of changes in the educational sectors vis-à-vis a globalizing world, a spurt in new higher educational institutions was seen in this century in South Asia. With this, the need to establish an autonomous association for Higher Education was expressed, and Jesuit Higher Education Association South Asia (JHEASA) was mooted and the Jesuit Conference of South Asia (JCSA) approved the setting up of a New Secretariat for Higher Education in their meeting in October 2008 at Patna. The JCSA approved on the Constitution of JHEASA in their Meeting in March 2009 at Pune.
Intellectual Apostolate influenced and enhanced our capability to serve the Church and secular culture. Serious intellectual work and reflection will impact on our global capacity to give the level of excellence that evangelization needs today. Hence JHEASA will comprise all the Institutions of Jesuit Higher Education in South Asia. That will include the Graduate, Post Graduate Colleges and Research Centres, Colleges of Education, Management and Business Administration, Engineering, Law and other Professional Institutions; and Theologates and Philosophates.
Right now, there are 65 members in JHEASA. Annual Conference of Principals and Directors of Jesuits Higher Education Institutions (JHEIs) is held every year to deliberate on the current issues of Higher Education in South Asia as well as the priorities of International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU). Last annual Conference of JHEASA was held at St Xavier’s College, Kolkata on October 6-7, 2019.
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