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The superior general of Society of Jesus, Father Adolfo Nicolas S. J. delivered a thought-provoking lecture entitled 'Education for Transformation' at Tata Auditorium, XLRI, Jamshedpur on February 23. Corporate executives in the steel city, XLRI faculty, students and alumni, together with students of various Jesuit educational institutions attended the talk. Spanish Jesuit Father Nicolas spoke with deep insight about the spirituality of the East and West, the economic development, challenges and issues of wealthy and impoverished societies, and the concern over the relationship of the North and the South. He offered new insights and ways of thinking and acting to help shape a globalising world.
At the outset of the lecture, Father Nicolas observed that the Jamshedpur Jesuit Society is inseparably bonded with the city, a bonding that made possible its service in development and education. He thanked the companies of Tata Sons and other industrial houses for their constant support and sought their continued co-operation in their future ventures. He recalled that it was at the invitation of TISCO that Father Quinn Enright established the Xavier Labour Relations Institute-the XLRI of today and made use of it to contribute to India a vast number of trained and qualified young business leaders.While discussing areas of common concern that unite humanity, he singled out important areas such as displacement of people, growing disparity between the haves and have-nots, erosion of fundamental values such as personal probity and culture excellence that define our people living here and decline in corporate governance. "At present we are involved in formal and informal networks of schools that serve almost four million students in 70 countries of the world," he said. "We believe that true education happens in freedom through interaction by being open to all cultures and learning from history," he added. Speaking on the Right to Education, Fr Nicolas said: "I was very happy when I learnt that the Indian parliament had enacted a law declaring that education is a birth right of all citizens. We could say that the real birthright is 'Good Education'. From the very beginning, the institutions of the Society of Jesus were open to all who came to them for education. They did indeed have a pronounced preference for students from economically poor background."
Courtesy: Times of India
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