[vc_row bg_type=”” dima_canvas_style=”” translate_x=”0″ dima_z_index=”0″ animate_item=”” delay_duration=”” delay_offset=”” id=”” class=”” css=”.vc_custom_1562580059755{padding-top: 40px !important;padding-right: 50px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;padding-left: 50px !important;}” border_color=””][vc_column bg_type=”” dima_canvas_style=”” min_height=”” translate_x=”0″ dima_z_index=”0″ delay=”” delay_duration=”” delay_offset=”” width=”1/1″][text delay=”” delay_duration=”” delay_offset=”” id=”” class=””]

Educational Services in the Archdiocese

[/text][vc_row_inner bg_type=”” dima_canvas_style=”” translate_x=”0″ dima_z_index=”0″][vc_column_inner delay=”” delay_duration=”” delay_offset=”” translate_x=”0″ dima_z_index=”0″ width=”1/2″][text delay=”” delay_duration=”” delay_offset=”” id=”” class=””]”Open more schools” has been the constant advice of every prelate to the missionaries, following the example of Mgr Oscar Sevrin, S.J., who was of the opinion that a mission station without schools was one without a future.

“Give us more schools” is the constant cry of our Catholics.  They have added another request:  “Give us Colleges.”

It is interesting to note that in Pre-Independence days, in the vast rural area known as Chotanagpur, the only schools, from Primary to High, of any consequence, were run and maintained by the three missions: Lutheran, Anglican and Roman Catholic.

Also in this period, the pioneers in the Education of tribal girls were the Loreto, Ursuline and St. Anne Sisters.  It is to the credit of the Anglicans that they opened the first High School for Girls in Ranchi- St. Margaret’s.

In those Pre-Independence days, one boy out of a hundred attending a Primary School, made the grade and matriculated.  This was due to a certain stagnation that set in after the Primary School.  The children did not care to continue their studies.  They had had enough.  The parents were only too happy to have their children at home.  The boys were needed for ploughing and grazing cattle; the girls for baby-sitting, plucking leaves and for “hands about the house”.

Much, however, had been achieved in the Primary Schools.  The following generations realized the value of an educated son, and later on of a daughter who had been to school.  Education was a stepping stone to higher things, opportunities for better employment, an opening to the Services.[/text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner delay=”” delay_duration=”” delay_offset=”” translate_x=”0″ dima_z_index=”0″ width=”1/2″][text delay=”” delay_duration=”” delay_offset=”” id=”” class=””]To achieve all this, the Archdiocese had to fight for Recognition of its Schools, for the Minority Rights, among others of appointing their own teachers, even at College level, for salaries and D.A.

All Tribal Scholarships awarded to our boys and girls, all enhanced pay and D.A. are channelled through the Block Development Officers of the Government of Bihar. The Management of our Catholic Schools is in the hands of the Parish Priests of the Archdiocese.

The Archdiocese has an Inspector of Schools, a priest, and layman as Assistant Inspector. They act among other things as a liaison between the State of Bihar and the Archdiocese in educational matters. They edit a paper called Gram Guru – the Village Teacher.

Today this network of Catholic Schools covers every stage of Education from Primary up to College Level, even into Post-Graduate Specialization. The figures below speak for themselves:

Colleges and Institutions   6
High Schools                        35
Middle Schools                     40
Primary Schools                    17
Village Primary Schools      27
Hostel Boys 8
Hostel Girls 16
Nursing Training & Other Schools 13
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