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Educational project to be named after legendary headmaster

Kuruvilla Jacob

Kuruvilla Jacob  

CHENNAI, JULY 24. The birth centenary of Kuruvila Jacob, the legendary headmaster of Madras Christian College High School, from 1931 to 1962, would be celebrated by launching a project named after him for promoting excellence in school education, at a function here on August 3.

A pictorial biography on Jacob, who believed in imparting higher values to thousands of students without any distinction of caste, creed or religion, and a special souvenir would also be released at the function being organised by the Kuruvila Jacob Birth Centenary Celebrations Committee formed by a cross-section of his former students.

A joint initiative

S. Viji, convenor of the committee, said the basic objective of the "Kuruvila Jacob initiative" was to enhance strategic and operational performance of schools in imparting education to students. According to him, the intention was to work jointly with the CII Institute of Quality in Bangalore on applying the model for education excellence, developed on the basis of study of internationally recognised models.

Applying core concepts and criteria, a questionnaire would be circulated to all the participating schools and based on the replies received, the appraisal and gap assessment would be completed, he said. The feedback would be sent to each institution confidentially to enable it to initiate necessary action.

Initially, eligible schools located in Chennai would be targeted across all sectors and streams. As many as 20 schools, including one run by the Chennai Corporation, had indicated their willingness to join the programme voluntarily.

Orientation and awareness programmes for selected principals and vice-principals and training programme for appraisers drawn from the participating schools themselves were part of the project, said G. Shankar, Madras Consultancy Group.

Concern for safety

N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu , referring to the devastating July 16 school fire in Kumbakonam, recalled Kuruvila Jacob's concern for safety of students.

The running thread in his career was the understanding that the heart of all good educational activity should be the ability to respond to the challenge of pursuing excellence on the one hand and making it available to as many sections of the society as possible.

`Liberal educationist'

K.M. Mammen, Managing Director, Madras Rubber Factory, and Govinda Raghavan, Chartered Accountant, said Jacob always encouraged students to attain all-round excellence, more particularly in sports and games.

N. Murali, Joint Managing Director of The Hindu , said Jacob always tried to inculcate values of secularism, cosmopolitan culture, liberal and broad-minded education.

I. Jairaj, Managing Director, Dynamic Freight Forwarding, said Jacob took personal care to ensure the well-being of students.

K. Kasturi Rangan, Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, would inaugurate the centenary celebrations in Chennai.

Union Finance Minister P.Chidambaram and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister M.K. Narayanan would be the guests of honour. K. Venkatasubramanian, former Member, Planning Commission, would preside over the function.

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