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Loreto College Details
Loreto College - Kolkata , was established in 1912 by the Religious of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (I.B.V.M.). The order was founded by MARY WARD (1585-1645), a dynamic English Catholic lady, in an age when Catholics were persecuted in England. Europe was torn by religious dissension and women's rights were generally ignored. A determined visionary, she managed, with the help of some devoted companions, to set up schools for young women.
In 1625, Loreto College - Kolkata established a religious order for women with very unusual features. Women religious were usually cloistered, under the jurisdiction of the local bishop, Mary Ward envisioned a very active order, working in the society at large for the education and upliftment of both rich and poor women. She asked for self-government under direct Papal jurisdiction. Mary Ward faced condemnation within the Catholic Church and suppression of her order, as her plans were far ahead of her times. However, she remained convinced that "women in time to come will do much". A second institute, known as the 'Institute of Mary' was established in her lifetime but its Rule was approved in 1703, when Pope Clement XI declared "Let women be governed by women". In 1877, Pope Pius IX sanctioned the Institute. It was in 1909 that Mary Ward was publicly acknowledged as the Foundress of the Institute.
Plans drawn up in the 17th century by "that incomparable woman" (as Pius XII called her in 1951) became the model for most modern women's congregations. Meanwhile, Mary Ward's own legacy had spread throughout Europe, where they were known as 'the English Ladies'. Amongst these, the Irish Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary was founded in 1822 at Rathfarnham, under Reverend Mother Frances Mary Teresa Ball. The nuns of the Irish Foundation came to be known as the "Loreto nuns", from the name of the famous Italian shrine where Mary Ward had often worshipped.
Loreto College - Kolkata is the first college in West Bengal to have been assessed by the prestigious National Assessment and Accreditation Council of the U.G.C. and awarded the highest rating of five stars in 2000. The B.Ed. Department, founded in 1913, is recognized by the N.C.T.E. and was awarded a B+ grade by N.A.A.C. in 2003. Currently, there are approximately 800 students in the College. The Loreto College - Kolkata also has a self-financing Computer Centre, which aims to inculcate computer literacy and proficiency in all students. The College Library, with an excellent collection of academic books, is in the process of being computerized. Free internet access is available for staff and students alike, to encourage the spirit of research.
Recently, the Loreto College - Kolkata has added an international dimension to the educational experience of its students. Since August 2004, the College has been working in close cooperation with the International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership (IPSL) based in New York, U.S.A. Twice a year, students from the U.S.A. attend a course on â€œEthics, Morality and Leadershipâ€ in the College. The same course is offered to College students, who, as part of the course, are required to perform community service. The College students receive certificates of recognition from IPSL (New York, U.S.A.).
The Loreto College - Kolkata encourages staff and students to organize and participate in academic seminars and discussions. In 2004, the English, Hindi & Bengali Departments of the College hosted a U.G.C. sponsored National Seminar on â€œCross-currents in the Short Storyâ€, while on January 28th and 29th 2005, the History Department of the College held a U.G.C.-sponsored National Seminar in collaboration with the Victoria Memorial, on â€œPartition & Swadeshi: Centenary Reflectionsâ€. H.E. the Governor of West Bengal, Shri Gopal Krishna Gandhi kindly consented to be the Chief Guest at the seminar.
Extra-curricular activities are encouraged by the Loreto College - Kolkata , through the extremely active and popular student societies, such as the Arts and Crafts Society, the Cultural Society, the Debating Society, the Dramatics Society, the Games Society, the Literary Society and Spicmacay. Two societies established in 2004 represent the varied nature of student interests: the History Club and the Computer Society; from 2005-6, the Political Science Society will be inaugurated. The College also holds an annual inter-collegiate 'fest' known as "SAMAGAM". Environmental concerns are highlighted by the 'We-Natureâ€™ Club.
Loreto College - Kolkata aims to develop not only high academic standards but also to inculcate values of leadership, commitment and selfless service, through sustained efforts by the students under the aegis of the Social Service Society, the Leadership Training Service and the All India Catholic University Federation. In addition, a Women's Cell was opened in 1996 by committed staff members (retired and current) as well as students and friends of the College. The Womenâ€™s Cell provides adult literacy classes for disadvantaged young women.
The Loreto College - Kolkata is managed by the Loreto House Educational Society of Calcutta and conducted by the Religious Order of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, usually known as the Loreto order. The College finds inspiration in the words of the founder of the Loreto order, Mary Ward: "Do good and do it well". Loreto College - Kolkata recognize and strongly affirm that the special thrust of our Institute becomes credible in India today, where our schools are centers where a preferential love of the poor is lived out both in attitude and structures. In cherishing the most deprived of his people and enabling them to take their place with dignity among others; our schools become centers where the glory of God is manifested.
Loreto College - Kolkata prioritize the practice of the important human values and encourage the students to gain confidence and initiative even as they commit themselves to excellence in the academic sphere. All students of Loreto College - Kolkata irrespective of their merit are eligible for the compulsory course of computers. with the goal of helping students to be computer literate and capable of operating computers in day to day life and in their respective fields of work. All the students are given equal importance. Special care is taken for the weaker students by the faculty. Numbers of instructional techniques are adopted like the computers, splitters, scanner, printerâ€™s etc. along with free internet usage. Practical examinations are conducted after completion of individual topics. Each teaching class is followed by an exercise covering previous topics. A few surprise tests are also taken. The Loreto College - Kolkata students are evaluated on the basis of exams after every short course and graded accordingly. The institution gives scope and opportunity to the teachers for further studies. Through the help of questionnaire, the institution gets feedback regarding the satisfaction of the learners. Basic Computer education for teacher trainees (B.Ed) is provided. The computer center offers additional part time, elective courses to students. Computer center offers part time courses to faculty.
The Loreto College - Kolkata library is a fully equipped lending one, providing information to all those who wish to pursue self-learning. The collection comprises documents covering a wide range of subjects, larger part of which is in English, although an important part of it covers literature in Bengali, Hindi and a size able part in French, German, Irish and other European languages.
In the Loreto College - Kolkata , There are over 44 000 books on various disciplines including Social Sciences, Arts, Literature and History. There are old and interesting collections of biographical works, philosophy and religion. The main collection is made up of Subject Reference Books, General Reference Books and Fiction. The library also has a Book Bank facility.
Recreation facilities are plentiful in Loreto College - Kolkata .Students enjoy the use of a large and airy common room, well stocked with up-to-date gym equipment, table-tennis and carom tables, as well as a piano for the musically inclined. Several comfortable sofas are also provided for the not-so-active students! One of the hubs of the college is the canteen on the ground floor, where students are to be found at all hours, enjoying the fare and interacting with each other.
Personal Counseling and Career counseling are an integral part of the Loreto College - Kolkata thrust. Personal counseling is given by a designated counselor and by teachers. More Professional counseling is available to students from Counselors from Sanhita an NGO working for womenâ€™s issues. The services of a Lady Doctor are also available for students who need counseling. Career Counseling is also provided by HRD sections from industry. The Loreto College - Kolkata students are exposed to various career options- academic or otherwise. Students are helped with lectures and short term courses to groom them for interviews and group discussions.
The courses offered at this Loreto College - Kolkata include B.A. (Honours & General) in Education, English, History & Political Science; B.Sc. (Honours & General) in Geography; B.A. (General) in Bengali, Hindi, Economics, Journalism, Film Studies & Psychology; the B.A. (Major) course in Communicative English as well as the post-graduate B.Ed. course. Loreto College - Kolkata students are first of all exposed to academic and career options provided by the various sectors of Industry and Education. Once they are familiar with their respective orientations, campus interviews are provided by varied firms, entrepreneurs and corporate houses and hotels. Each year more and more students are well placed. A Placement Board displays job opportunities and opportunities for progression to Higher Study in India and abroad.