CBCI Office for Education and Culture consults the AINACS
Regarding Revision of the Catholic Education Policy
As response regarding the study and contribution by way of suggestions towards the Revision of the All India Catholic Education Policy was not easily forthcoming, from Associations attached to the CBCI Office for Education and Culture, namely AINACS and the Xavier Board of Higher Education, Fr. J. Manipadam has been looking for every opportunity to get them involved in this process. He had involved them at the national Education Convention in November 2018, sought suggestions from them and invited them to be part of the drafting committee etc. The Executive committee of the Xavier Board of Higher Education assigned a session at their meeting and contributed some suggestions, while the Secretary General of the AINACS sent some suggestions. The NCRI’s response also was very minimal although they had been invited to the national Consultation and included in the drafting committee.
The participation and presentation of the concerns and initiating some triggering thoughts regarding the need for the revision of the Catholic Education Policy and evoking suggestions at the daylong training programme for some AINACS members at POC in Ernakulam on 4th May 2019, by Fr. Joseph Manipadam, using the very short time given to him was an attempt to get them involved in the process, even though the meeting called by AINACS was poorly attended. The meeting had just about 50 members and some of them left after lunch time. However the Education and Culture Office of the CBCI is making all out effort to get the Associations like the AINACS, the Xavier Board and the NCRI involved and interested in the concerns and activities of the Catholic Church in India especially in the field of education. Efforts are on to make them come out of the maintenance mode and move towards a mission mode and participate in the mission of the Church as just getting stuck with the routine meetings like the annual Executive meetings and General Body meetings will not sustain their relevance.