Christian Missionaries in India Praised for Boosting Country’s Education System, Helping to Produce Responsible Citizens

Colleges play a great role in not only imparting quality education but also in moulding responsible citizens, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, P. J. Kurien, said here on Friday.

Speaking at the golden jubilee of Bishop Heber College, he said Christian missionaries established schools and colleges with a view to not only imparting quality education but also for producing responsible citizens. The college was ranked fourth in the National Institutional Ranking Framework of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Kurien termed as ‘misconception’ the view that Christian missionaries had an agenda of converting non-Christians into Christians. Paying rich tributes to the late Bishop of Tiruchi, Thanjavur Dioscese, Most Rev. Solomon Duraisamy, he pointed out that the Christian missionary had played an important role in reviving the college. The college closed down in 1934 and was merged with Madras Christian College. And it was Bishop Solomon Duraisamy, who reopened the college in 1966 with a long-term vision of making India stronger. Great leaders like Rabindranath Tagore and Swamy Vivekananda wanted to make the country stronger only through education, he said.

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SOURCE: The Hindu