Monday, 11 August 2014

Seminar On Minority Rights Held At Archbishop's House

On 17th July, a seminar on School Administration and Minority Rights was held at the Archdiocese of Calcutta for the Heads and Secretaries of Catholic Schools. The seminar, at which ninety Secretaries and Principals were present, began at 9 am and concluded at 3:30 pm. It focused on measures to overcome certain minority hurdles.
     The seminar was initiated with a short prayer by His Grace Archbishop Thomas D'Souza while the members were warmly welcomed by Fr. Moloy D'Costa, the Diocesan Secretary of Commission for Education and Culture. This was followed by the introduction of Fr. Gerry D'Souza, a Jesuit of Jamshedpur Province. The 5 chapter presentation started with the in depth discussion of the salient features of Article 29 and 30 of the Indian Constitution wherein it is stated that those professing a religion other than Hinduism and consist of an overall of less than 20% of the population of India, are considered minorities.

      Judgments of the various High Courts and Supreme Court upholding rights of Christians were presented. It is mandatory for these judgments to be known by the Heads and Secretaries. It was an enriching and educative day for all participants.