Inauguration Of Mother Teresa Chair

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Inauguration Of Mother Teresa Chair

Postby noopur » Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:00 am

INAUGURATION OF MOTHER TERESA CHAIRresponse to the direction from Prime Minister’s office to all the Central Universities through Ministry of Human Resource Development to establish a Chair on Mother Teresa during the Centenary Celebration of the birth of Mother Teresa, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi is establishing the Mother Teresa Chair at its Head Quarters in New Delhi. The inaugural programme is scheduled for Tuesday March 12, 2013. Shri Oscar Fernandes, Member of Parliament and Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Human Resource Development would be inaugurating the Mother Teresa Chair. The Guest of Honour would be Dr Most. Rev. Dr. Jacob Mar Bernabas, Bishop of Malankara Catholic Church, Delhi. Other dignatories who would be addressing the gathering will include Prof. Gopinath Pradhan, Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University and Prof. Gracious Thomas, Director, School of Social Work, IGNOU.

The proposal to establish the Mother Teresa Chair was made by the School of Social Work and the Academic Council during its 53rdmeeting recommended the same to the Board of Management of IGNOU. The Board of Management during its 106th meeting approved the proposal for establishing the Chair.
The main objectives are :
To promote socially relevant programmes in the area of philanthropy and inter-religious studies,
To undertake extension activities targeting the HIV infected, leprosy patients, street children, refugees, destitute, and other vulnerable population,
To organize training and skill development programmes for socio-economic development of vulnerable sections of the society,
To organize training, workshops, seminars, conferences etc. on socially relevant topics,
To celebrate Philanthropic Day on August 26th, the birthday of Blessed Mother Teresa, and
To constitute awards and scholarships.
Bharat Ratna and Nobel Laureate Blessed Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Skopje, the present capital of the Republic of Macedonia, on August 26, 1910. She was the youngest of the children born to Nikola and Dranafile. At the age of twelve, she strongly felt the call of God and at eighteen she left her parental home to join the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish Community of nuns with Missions in India. From 1931 to 1948 Mother Teresa taught at St.Mary’s High School Kolkatta.

Mother Teresa began her missionary work with the poor in 1948, replacing her traditional Loreto habit with a simple white cotton saree decorated with a blue border and adopting Indian citizenship. For over forty years she ministered to the poor, the sick, the naked, the hungry, the crippled, the blind, the orphaned and the dying, while guiding 610 missions and over 5000 nuns and brothers of her society in India and in 122 countries involved in providing the much needed care and support including hospices and homes for poor people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, people that had become a burden to the society and were shunned by everyone.

Mother Teresa’s contribution to the poorest of the poor and the marginalized in India and abroad earned her world-wide acclaim and recognition. She received 124 awards and distinctions, including, Padmashree, 1962; Ramon Magsaysay Award, 1962; Pope John XXIII Peace Prize, 1971; John F. Kennedy International Award, 1971; Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding, 1972; Templeton Prize for ‘Progress in Religion’ 1973; Balzan Prize, 1978; Nobel Peace Prize, 1979; Bharat Ratna 1980; Order of Merit (from Queen Elizabeth) 1983; Gold Medal of the Soviet Peace Committee, 1987; and United States’ Congressional Gold Medal, 1997.

IGNOU has named a building in its headquarters in Delhi housing its Computer Division as Mother Teresa Bhavan and has been organizing the Annual Mother Teresa Memorial Lecture from 2008 apart from instituting Mother Teresa Memorial Award to the gold medalist of MSW ODL programme. Mother Teresa has also been immortalized through museums, roads, structures, churches, universities and numerous institutions across the globe being named after her.
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