Print Edition - 2012-05-07 | Metro
60 yrs on, Nepal Jesuits still going strong
May 6, 2012-
President Ram Baran Yadav on Sunday lauded the work of the Nepal Jesuit Society (NJS) and said schools under the Jesuits that impart value-based education have produced some of the finest people around.
The President was speaking at a programme organised by the NJS to mark the diamond jubilee of the society in Nepal. The function was held at St Xavier’s School at Jawalakhel, Lalitpur. “The schools under the NJS have produced the finest people through value-based education and these people have made a difference in their fields,” he said.
The NJS opened its first school at Godavari in Lalitpur on July 5, 1951. The school, opened by Father Marshall D Moran on the request of the government of Nepal with 65 students, is now among the most reputed academic institutions in the country with hundreds of students from pre-primary to the college level studying there. Around 3,000 students are studying in four Jesuit schools—two in Jhapa and one each at Godavari and Jawalakhel—while around 3,500 are pursuing higher education at St Xavier’s College at Maitighar in Kathmandu.
“We have made some contribution in the academic sector in the last 60 years and now our mission is to be more creative and innovative so as to lead the school to a greater height,” said Father Boniface Tigga, the Regional Superior of the Jesuits in Nepal. Apart from the schools, the NJS also operates child care centres for the mentally challenged children in Pokhara and Jawalakhel, a drug rehabilitation centre—Freedom Centre—at Nakkhipot in Lalitpur and the Human Development Research Centre at Sanepa.
Over two dozen St Xavier’s alumni and staff were felicitated at the function for their contribution to the NJS, while school students performed an opera depicting the 60 years of the NJS in Nepal.
“Am enjoying the moment. The celebrations brought back memories of the school days back in the 50’s,” Ojman Singh Swar of the school’s batch of 1958 said. A retired engineer, Swar was also felicitated during the function. Principal of St Xavier’s School, Jawalakhel, Father Amrit Rai thanked “all personalities” who helped NJS with “all their hearts, words and good deeds” in the society’s 60-year journey.
Published: 07-05-2012 08:10