With pardonable anticipation we decided to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, in the sixtieth year of the College. The major event during this decade after the Golden Jubilee was the granting of autonomy to the College in 1978 for a trial period of five years. At the end of the first five years, in 1983, the University sent a Review Commission, which recommended the extension of autonomy for another five years.
The first period of autonomy was monitored by Rev. Fr. J. Kuriakose, S.J., who as Principal was responsible for launching the college on this experiment after much discussion, debate and consultation. Rev. Fr. Casimir Raj, S.J., as Principal, made it almost impossible for the University and Government not to extend the experiment for another five years. Fr. Casimir Raj has left his mark on the College particularly by startingLIBA (Loyola Institute for Business Administration). It was declared, by a Central Government Commission, the best of its kind in Tamil Nadu. Rev. Fr. Casimir Raj, S.J., was succeeded as Principal by his own predecessor as Rector, Rev. Fr. Leo Correya, S.J., who during the last academic year has put his whole soul into his work. As Rector, he conducted the Golden Jubilee Celebrations and was the mover behind the Diamond Jubilee programmes under the direction and the co-operation of the Rector Rev. Fr. A.J. Thamburaj, S.J.
During this period, new post-graduate courses in Statistics, Physics and Zoology were started. Special courses in Journalism, Tourism, Communication, Art Appreciation, Photography, Soil Zoology and Computer Science were started as additional or optional disciplines.
Breaking the old masculine tradition, the College during this decade welcomed women on the Staff and among students too, for such post-graduate courses are not available to them in the city women's colleges.
Two important events may be recorded: the visit to the College of the Prime Minister of Zambia, Daniel Lesulo, an alumnus, in 1979 and of Rev. Fr. Arrupe, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus, in 1980. For nearly fifty years he taught in three different colleges both in service and in retirement. On 10th December 1979, in his ninety-second year, died Father L.D. Murphy , who from the year this institution came into being was both a tower of strength and a light-house for about fifty four years. We may not forgetMr Fred Perreira, who was one of the first group of students admitted into Loyola in 1925 and who served here for four decades as Tutor and Lecturer in English and Administrative Officer of the N.C.C. He retired in 1967 and died on October 4, 1984.
The academic year, 1983-84, saw a new Rector in the person of Rev. Fr. A.J. Thamburaj, S.J., and a new Principal, Rev. Fr. N. Casimir Raj, S.J. An important event to be mentioned was the opening of theEntomology Research Institute (ERI) under the auspices of the Central Government.
From 1976 - 86 with only one break in 1979 our athletes won the Sir A.L. Mudaliar Silver Jubilee Trophy. In the All India Inter-University Athletic Meet, Errol Hart won the first place in the Decathlon event in 1981 and the Gold Medal in the same event in the Men's Inter-state Athletic meet in Calcutta in 1982. For three successive years, 1985-87, M.V. Rajasekhar achieved a hat-trick by winning the 110 metres Hurdles in the All India Inter-University Meet at Gwalior (1985), at Nainital (1986) and in Allahahad (1987). In Basketball, the Bertrarn Memorial shield has been retained by Loyola from 1974 till 1987 with one break in 1981. In the Asiad Games of 1982 Ramgopal Narayanan won a bronze medal for Water Polo. On a average more than 30 trophies are won and about fifty of our students represent the university in various disciplines, every year.
The 9th October 1986 was the day of official celebration of the Diamond Jubilee, presided over by Sri Farook, Chief Minister of Pondicherry State, an Old Boy of Loyola.
Curtain Raiser to the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
The celebration of the 60th year started on the 28th of August. The first event in the series was a meeting of the alumni of the College on that date, organised and conducted by the office-bearers of the Alumni Association, animated by Sri T.T. Vasu, its President. Its purpose was to release a biography of Fr. Jerome D'Souza, S.J., entitled, "A Great Indian Jesuit, Priest, Educationist and Statesman", written by his old colleague, friend and successor as Principal of the College, Rev. Fr. Lawrence Sundaram, S.J. The meeting began with the chanting of the extract from Tagore's Gitanjali, "Where the mind is without fear". After the Principal, Rev. Fr. Leo Correya, S.J., had welcomed the gathering in a felicitous speech, the Archbishop of Madras-Mylapore, Rev. Fr. Dr. R. Arulappa unveiled a portrait of Rev. Fr. Jerome, S.J.,executed and donated by an old student.
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Over the last nine decades, the contributions of Loyola College to higher education has been highly influential and remarkable as a pioneer in the field of education that has created an avalanche of innovative and best practices for other educational institutions to inspire and emulate.
1. Educational Policies and Autonomy
In 1978, Loyola was one of the first eight colleges to receive autonomous status which helped the college to uphold its educational policies concerning admissions that aim at providing University Education in a Christian atmosphere for deserving students, especially for Catholics, Dalits and the underserved sections of the society.
2. Pioneering Programs
Loyola has been known for its path-breaking ventures like bringing forth some innovative programs and courses that have inspired many institutions to adopt them into their teaching and learning environment.
2.1. Visual Communication Program
One of the flagship programmes of the college and the only one of its kind that emerged as a precursor in the 1970s was the two-year Diploma in Visual Communication offered by Loyola Institute of Visual Communication (LIVCOM) as an evening program. Owing to the remarkable recognition from the media industry, the college started a full-fledged Degree in Visual Communication in 1989.
2.2. Foundation Course
Emphasizing the Ignatian pedagogy and spirituality, the Foundation Course was designed to inculcate values in the future leaders of our nation. The program is run by an exclusive academic unit, the School of Human Excellence (SHE), committed to guiding students in their values-centred pursuit of becoming men and women for and with others in society.
3. Research and Innovation
Loyola has a strong research culture. It is the only Arts and Science College which figured in Current Science magazine for research contributions to national development. Loyola is the only Arts and Science College in India to be recognized as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO) by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Government of India.
4. Student Support Services
A very significant contribution that Loyola College makes to higher education and society is the avalanche of Good Samaritan services it renders to the student community.
4.1. Resource Centre for Differently-Abled (RCDA)
Loyola College has set a trend nationally in stepping first to help the differently-abled students. There is an exclusive facility, Resource Centre for the Differently Abled (RCDA), established with the fund received from UGC-HEPSN and the National Institute of Visually Handicapped (NIVH), Ministry of Social Justice and empowerment, Government of India. RCDA was chosen to serve as the Model Resource Centre of Disability Services (MRCDS), the first of its kind in the nation to fulfil the needs of the Differently-Abled students with specialized digital devices and resources.
4.2. Loyola Students Support Services (LSSS)
An exclusive service unit, LSSS, was established to offer academic, financial and personal support services, such as Scholarships, Management Concession, Free Noon Meal, Special English Program, Supplementary Education, Special Coaching, Remedial Programmes, Personality Development through Life Skills, Art and Literature and a Special Assistance to Foreign Students. One of its chief focus is empowering students from marginalized section of the society especially, the Dalits, to face the challenges in life with dignity.
Loyola pays a great deal of attention towards personal and mental wellbeing of the students through counselling which is predominantly carried out by AURA, the Centre for Counselling at the college. Loyola is proud to be a pioneer among educational institutes that have professional counsellors serving fulltime to attend to the needs and problems of the students at their intrapersonal, interpersonal and social levels.
Loyola has a staunch commitment to moulding the students through academic mentoring. The Academic Staff are trained exclusively to handhold the young aspirants as their mentors to guide, support and sort out the academic and personal issues and help them complete their studies successfully.
4.5. Financial Supports
Loyola offers a tremendous financial support to economically disadvantaged students. Every semester, the college management provides fee concession through Jesuit Educational Support (JES) to students from poor families. In 2018-19, the college has issued around 1.60 crore rupees as a management fee concession to 2600 students.
5. Reaching out to the Neighbourhood
One of the best practices for which Loyola has been well-known in the national higher educational arena is the effort constantly made to reach out to the local community in total humanitarian service.
5.1. Loyola FM 107.4
The college had ventured into an exceptional service by establishing Loyola FM 107.4, a community radio frequency over a radius of 15 km. Through Loyola Community Radio, the college addresses various issues related to the neighbourhood airing a variety of special programs for Transgender, gipsies, widows, visually challenged, street vendors, slum dwellers, auto drivers, etc.
5.2. Loyola Rain Relief Service (LRRS)
Another very unique service that has set trend among educational institutes across the country is establishing LRRS during the November 2015 rain, which initiated to provide the rain-affected people living in the slum areas of the city of Chennai with food materials and clothes. Loyola Rain Relief Services had 30 staff, and 250 energetic student volunteers, and a medical team consisting of 8 doctors offering medical treatment to nearly 1750 flood victims housed in Loyola premises. Through LRRS, a rain relief camp was initiated for Post Graduate students to offer their service to rain-affected areas especially the Gaja cyclone-hit areas in November 2018.
Another exceptional venture of the college is pioneering in community service through the Outreach Program that functions under the School of Service Learning. The college had taken up around 50 slums (urban villages or sub-standard settlements) around the college campus falling under the zones 5, 7 and 8 of the Chennai Corporation. The UG students are required to complete 120 hours of community service and PG students visit villages and experience life at the grassroots level to prepare themselves to serve these underserved people in their future.
Since 1925, Loyola College has been making impactful contributions to the economic growth of the country, formation of the brilliant minds, and shaping the young leaders of tomorrow in alignment with the motto of the college forming men and women in service of others.
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