By Fr. Richard D’Souza
Aug 29 : Bishop Peter Paul Saldanha, Bishop of Mangalore diocese inaugurated two day Management Development Programme (MDP) for the clergy and religious, organized by Department of Business Administration of St Joseph Engineering College (SJEC), Mangaluru, on 29 August at SJEC auditorium.
Rev. Msgr. Maxim L Noronha, Vicar General,Diocese of Mangalore, Rev. Fr Rohith D’Costa & Rev. Fr Alwyn Richard D’Souza, Assistant Directors of SJEC, Dr Shakila B, Convenor of MDP, Mr Rakesh Lobo, HR Manager at SJEC, were present on the occasion.
Fr Ravi Sagar SJ, Advocate, Supreme Court & Delhi High Court, in his inaugural address expressed the need for training the clergy and religious as there are legal complexities in managing institutions in the current scenario. He opined that although the management of an institution keeps changing, they should work within the orbit of the legal framework failing which it will be hard for it to survive.
Bishop Peter Paul in his presidential remarks stated that any differences that arise in the society should be resolved in a harmonious manner. He added that managing an institution in the present day requires a deep understanding of its structure, the law affecting it and the management of the properties it owns. He stressed on the fact that conflicts or misunderstandings between persons in an institution is very common, but it should be resolved internally. He congratulated St Joseph Engineering College for organizing such unique programme.
Rev. Fr Wilfred P D’Souza, Director of SJEC, wished the delegates fruitful learning during the MDP. Dr Prakash Pinto, Dean of MBA, proposed the vote of thanks , Dr Babitha Rohit compeered the program.
Over 130 Clergy and Religious attended the MDP. Fr Ravi Sagar SJ, Advocate, Supreme Court & Delhi High Court, was the resource person on the first day. Fr Konrad Noronha SJ,Director and Coordinator of the Pastoral Management Program at Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune and Prof Lionel Aranha, Consulting Practitioner in the Finance & Legal Area, were the resource persons on the second day.