Higher Education (JHEASA)
The ‘Jesuit Educational Association of India’ [JEA] was constituted in 1961 by the Conference of Major Superiors in October 1961 at Bombay and registered it as a society. However, when the Conference of Major Superiors itself became a registered society, [Jesuit Conference of India] the JEA merged into the JCI as its ‘Education Section’. The JEA had the responsibility to promote Jesuit education in Jesuit Educational Institutions. Naturally, this covered primary, secondary and tertiary education. In order to do justice to these components a full-time Secretary was appointed to look after education in Jesuit schools, and a part-time Joint Secretary for Higher Education was designated to take care of tertiary institutions.
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 the current decade. With this, the need to establish an autonomous association for Higher Education was expressed, and hence Jesuit Higher Education Association South Asia (JHEASA) was mooted and the JCSA approved the setting up of a New Secretariat for Higher Education in their meeting in October 2008 at Patna. The JCSA deliberated on the Constitution 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 beyond Higher Secondary Education. That will include the Graduate, Post Graduate Colleges and Research Centers; Colleges of Education, Management and Business Administration, Engineering, Law and other Professional Institutions; and Theologates and Philosophates. The JEA Secretary and National Adviser of AICUF are permanent invitees to this meeting.
Fr. Swebert D’Silva, SJ (KAR)
St. Aloysius College (Autonomous),
Mangalore – 575003
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