Higher education institutions have a pivotal role to play in the development of a nation in general and in the uplift of rural agrarian masses in particular. A deficiency in public infrastructure for higher education is apparently visible in Kerala, especially in districts s such as Idukki. People are hardworking and ambitious but their needs for higher learning were left unattended for long even after independence. Self-financed colleges play a crucial role in providing education opportunities for people in such underdeveloped areas of the State. John Paul Memorial Arts and Science College is a pioneer institution promoted by noble visionaries with a view to bringing the people of the educationally and economically challenged agrarian families of the ‘High-Range’; irrespective of religion, caste or creed. The College is affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University Kottayam and occupies a premier position in the academic sphere with seven undergraduate and five postgraduate programmes including MSW.
The process of education all over the world is witnessing drastic change in its modus operandi so as to help the system tide over the covid-19 crisis. Teacher-student face-to-face interaction and classroom learning would be a great challenge during the academic year 2020-’21. The College has developed definite plans and programmes to reach the students and meet their needs by effectively delivering the curriculum on time, exploiting all the possibilities of modern technology. In this context, our primary mission is to provide students with proper mentoring support and appropriate monitoring system ensuring that none of them drop studies due to the crisis. The College is committed to implement all the directions and guidelines of the Central as well as State Government to prevent spread of covid-19. I would like to place on record our gratitude to the doctors, health workers, police officers, etc. for their tireless effort to save our people from the pandemic.
The effective leadership and selfless service rendered by the founders of the college and all the predecessors are acknowledged with gratitude. As the new Principal of the college, I would like to proceed along the avenues opened up by my predecessors. The commitment is to work with a view to scaling the zenith of glory through the concerted effort of all stakeholders. “The life of a teacher, as I know from personal experience, is very challenging and demanding, but it is also profoundly satisfying. It is more than a job, for it is rooted in our deepest convictions and values. To be intimately concerned in the development of a young person, of hundreds of young people, is a highly responsible task. As teachers, you kindle in your students a thirst for truth and wisdom. You spark off in them a desire for beauty. You introduce them to their cultural heritage. You help them to discover the treasures of other cultures and people. What an awesome responsibility and privilege is yours in the teaching profession” (St. John Paul II). The College is committed to materialise the vision of St. John Paul II by kindling in our students a thirst for truth and wisdom. We, members of faculties, well understand the responsibility and privilege of the teaching profession and we will be with our students throughout their academic pursuits in the campus so that each of them would be achieving a performance level comparable to any other brilliant pupil of world-class universities in the respective area of study. I wish a bright future for all of the students and pray to Almighty God to bless them with success and happiness in life.
Dr. V. V. Georgekutty