Among the major plans that the diocese of Kolkata of the Church of North India is trying to implement, two undergraduate degree colleges, a new campus of an old school and a teachers’ training college top the priority list. The 200-year-old diocese, the oldest in the country, revealed this during the visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, to the diocese on Sunday. The Archbishop is the head of the Anglican communion worldwide and is on a visit to India.
The diocese had a direct link with the Anglican communion when it started because at that time there was British rule in India and the diocese owed its allegiance to the Church of England. When the CNI was formed in 1970, the Anglican church merged into it along with others.
St John’s Diocesan and St James were so long leading school brands run by the diocese. The both will now build separate undergraduate degree affiliated colleges, while Scottish Church Collegiate School will start a new campus. The diocese will also start a training college for school teachers.
The first two colleges will be named St John’s Diocesan College and St James College. While the former will be built on a plot almost adjacent to the school campus on Sarat Bose Road, the St James College campus will come up in Rajarhat. “We are in the last stages of finalising a tract of land of about four acres for the college. We are buying it from a private owner. The college will initially start with a humanities section and we will gradually move on to a pure science section. It will be an affiliated college and we would seek affiliation from the Calcutta University,” said Terence Ireland, principal of St James School, who has also been given the responsibility of planning and starting the college. The Diocesan College, too, will have both humanities and science streams, according to plans.
A plan has reportedly been submitted to KMC. The new campus of the Scottish Church Collegiate School will come up at Kaikhali. Land for teachers’ training college is yet to be identified. “For a long time the diocese wanted to build and run degree colleges. After running so many top schools, I am sure it will do well in this sphere too,” said CNI moderator PC Singh.
Source: Times of India