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Woman to head evening shift in Loyola College

A first:Fatima Vasanth taking over as Deputy Principal.

A first:Fatima Vasanth taking over as Deputy Principal.  

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Fatima Vasanth, formerly of Patrician College and MSSW, appointed Deputy Principal

Loyola College’s evening shift will now be headed by a woman.

In a first for the institution, Fatima Vasanth, former Principal of Patrician College and Madras School of Social Work (MSSW), was recently appointed Deputy Principal for the evening shift.

This is a huge change for the college, which usually appoints only men to key posts. Traditionally, a senior priest, who is also an academic, is appointed as the Principal. Besides, there is no provision in the Statutes of the University of Madras to which this autonomous institution is affiliated, for a deputy Principal post.

College officials said the post was ‘localised’ and that she would be supervising the evening college, giving suggestions for improving it.

The evening section has around 5,000 students and a third of the 350 faculty members, in both the morning and evening shifts, are women, Ms. Fatima said. According to her, the appointment was made as the college had plans to increase the intake of women students, making it a co-ed institution at the undergraduate level. She said she would be in all decision-making bodies of the institution.



She became the Principal of MSSW in 2005, a post from which she retired in 2014. The same year, she joined as Principal of Patrician College of Arts and Science, Adyar, and on June 13, she took over as deputy Principal at Loyola College. Ms. Vasanth was a Syndicate member of the university from 2009 to 2012 and has been a member of the University’s Senate and Academic Council since 2005.

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