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“ The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence”- Rabindranath Tagore Such a dream about education, is made a reality, in Holy Cross College, Nagercoil,. the first women’s college in Kanyakumari district which was indeed a desire fulfilled and a dream come true, of many parents and public of that time. Under the efficient and committed management of the sisters of the Cross of Chavanod, crossing fifty four milestones, the college stands high and strong, as an edifice of education, temple of teaching and power house of learning. [...]
Education is meant to empower a person with knowledge, skills and values. Its quality is enhanced when it is directed towards guiding the youth to develop IQ (Intelligent Quotient), EQ (Emotional Quotient), SQ (Spiritual Quotient) and SQ (Social Quotient).
Emphasising on student centric teaching-learning process, the institution has succeeded in inculcating the spirit of cooperation and collaboration. Mentor-Ward System and the Counselling Cell cater to the emotional needs of the students and help them to face the challenges of day-to-day life. Spiritual and Social quotients are nourished through value education classes, renewal programmes, retreats and activities of the Centre for Outreach Programme.
In the Cross and Mary is our Hope is the path to self discovery. As Pope Francis says, our language of the mind, language of the heart and language of the hands work in harmony in order to build up a harmonious society.
I have been associated with this college since 1973, witnessing the remarkable progress the Institution has made over the years. I want to place on record the generous and selfless contribution of our chief architect Mother Marie Cecile Vionnet ,[...]
Holy Cross College, the first women's college in kanniyakumari District was established by the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod in 1965 in response to the invitation of the then Bishop Agniswamy, Bishop of Kottar with the main purpose of providing University education in a Christian atmosphere to the deserving women students irrespective of caste and creed, with the watchword “Excellence” which is an expression of the Divine.
The college is indebted to Rev. Dr. Roch Agniswamy, the late Bishop of Kottar, Rev. Dr. Anthony Muthu, the late Bishop of Vellore, the then parish priest of Kurusady, late Rev. Mother Yvonne Lavorel, the then Superior General and Rev. Mother Marie Cecil Vionnet, the then Provincial of the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod, Province of Tiruchirappalli for assuming responsibility to start this institution.
Since our fledgeling start-up, our efforts had not been hassle free, but we walk with intuitive intelligence in the light of the Divine. At present our college has a strength of 2500 students in 12 U.G programmes, 10 P.G programmes, 4 M.Phil programmes and 9 Research centres. Further the college offers nearly a dozen certificate courses. The college has a good number of high profile alumnae. The multi-cultural ambience has an incantatory power to dissolve boundaries and create new dreams.
Our campus has in store a lot of future promises and we know that we have miles and miles to go before we could rest on our laurels. Our journey and quest will continue!