VISION, MISSION AND GOALS OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION
(From the National Policy on Catholic Education, 2007)
God envisions the well-being of the whole of creation and ensures an ongoing healing, wholeness and transformation of our unjust and fragmented world through human interventions. The Mission of Jesus Christ is to restore the integrity of God’s original creation, both human, material and spiritual thus build the Kingdom of God on earth. Our vision is the same as the vision of Jesus-that all may have life and have it in abundance.
Education, by its very nature is a transformative process, namely, changing human persons, and through them, society and its structures. This activity of transformation is a spiritual, humanizing and liberating activity and constitutes the core mission of education. In the knowledge society that is emerging, ‘quality education’ serves as the gateway to the socio-cultural and economic development of persons and of the country.
Our Mission in Education is therefore to provide:
An Education of quality and relevance to all, and in particular, to the marginalized sections of society,
An Education that frees persons from the social conditioning (such as caste, class, gender and other culture-linked prejudices) which prevents them from living as free persons; and which, instead, enables them to see life as a vocation and as a gift, and which enables them to make free and considered choices in the key areas that affect their personal lives, communities and society,
An Education that leads the young into the sacred space of the human person and of every person, making them aware of the inalienable human rights of every individual and group. This helps to foster pluralism, cultural and religious diversity, individual and collective freedoms and respect for and appreciation of differences, in the face of a globalized world that aggressively pushes towards economic and cultural uniformity,
An Education that humanizes and contextualizes, by assisting the students to raise essential questions concerning the meaning of life and of their role in society, enabling them to become conscious of their responsibility to contribute to evolving a borderless society and to promoting the common good,
An Education that enables the youth to understand the implications of economic policies and structures, political decisions and the media, that play a critical role in shaping people’s lives especially those of the poor, and the social responsibility of citizens as individuals and as groups to engage in proactive measures to bring both transparency and accountability,
An Education that energizes the young to take up the task of contributing to nation-building, so as to evolve a new Inclusive Indian Society, an India of their dreams, which they can own with pride and joy, An Education that thus forms the young to evolve as men and women of character, competence, conscience, compassion and commitment, who will then contribute to the evolution of a counter-culture to the present ruthlessly competitive model, by promoting collaboration and cooperation for the growth of all, in a climate of mutual trust and sharing; and to the shockingly corrupt society, by fostering uprightness in public life,
An Education which nurtures an encounter with God as a personal event and a free response to the call to faith and which nurtures a life of meaning, purpose and personalized values, including appreciation of other faiths.
VISION, MISSION AND OBJECTIVES OF THE COLLEGE
The vision of St. Joseph’s college is to impart higher education in a Christian atmosphere to deserving students, and those belonging to the Catholic, Christian Communities and those belonging to the Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes and OBCs and thus help in the diffusion of knowledge and advancement of educational activities in all its branches including vocational, technical, professional, cultural, social and moral education. (cf. Memorandum of Association 3 a. b.)
The mission of St. Joseph’s College is to form men and women who are intellectually alert, morally upright, religiously oriented, socially conscious, culturally distinct and nationally integrated.
In order to realize this mission, the College has set the following objectives:
- Help the students become men and women of character, with sound moral principles
- Help them men and women committed to life-time learning
- Help them make a harmonious blend of faith and culture
- Help them strive continually after excellence in every field
- Instill in them the spirit of unselfish service of their brothers and sisters and sensitize them to current socio-economic, political and cultural issues
- Provides an education that is socially relevant and useful for life