Synopsis: Higher education is a vital ingredient in the developmental alchemy of a nation. The Church is actively involved in the field of education. This mission is taken up by the Church from the mandate of its Founder “to teach all the nations”. Faithful to this, the Church has established Schools, Colleges and Universities in Goa and throughout the world.
The need of the hour is to produce competent scholars to serve a need in a globalised world.
This talk attempted to discuss how the Church can fill this need.
Bio-data: Dr. Newman Fernandes is a distinguished educational leader who has contributed immensely over the last 37 years to higher education both in Goa and in India. He began his teaching career at St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa in 1977. In 1990 he was instrumental in setting up and managing for twelve years Rosary College at Navelim in South Goa. He became the principal of St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa in 2002 and introduced many new programs in the University such as Mass Media, Journalism, BBA, Tourism Management, etc. Under his leadership St. Xavier’s College received the College with Potential award with a grant of Rs. 60 lakhs and the NAAC’s “A” grade. From 2008 Dr. Newman has been working at Sam Higginbottom University in Allahabad as professor, HOD, Dean, Director of Distance Education and Pro Vice-Chancellor. He was chiefly responsible for the NAAC’s A grade awarded to this University.
Besides he taught Educational Psychology and General Psychology for 12 years at the Patriarchal Seminary of Rachol and was the member of several Diocesan committees on education. He was also Chairman of the College Principal’s Forum and the University Committee for restructuring academic curriculum and courses and the President of the All India Association for Christian Higher Education. He received the Dr. Sam Higginbottom award for being a distinguished College Principal.