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REV. DR. ANTONY NIRAPPEL

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REV. DR. ANTONY NIRAPPEL

The Educational Legend

Age & Date of Birth             :                       83, 8th September 1936

Place of Birth                        :                       Chengalam – Kottayam (Dt.)

Kerala

Nationality                            :                       Indian

Priestly Ordination              :                       11th March 1963

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION

Ph.D. in Dogmatic Theology from Louvain University, BELGIUM

DESCRIPTION OF THE MERITS

IN THE FIELD OF NATIONAL INTEGRATION AND COMMUNAL HARMONY

Established Nilackal Ecumenical Trust in 1984 which works for the communal harmony, Ecumenism and National Integration. The Trust is working mainly in the fields of inter religious dialogue and cultural education. The Trust has a training centre for different groups of people.

FOUNDED TWO NATIONAL AWARD

  1. For those who did outstanding contributions in the field of national integration and religious harmony. This award was presented in the year 2005 to Dr. K.N. Panikker, former Vice Chancellor of Sanskrit University, Kalady, Kerala and in the year 2006 to Dr. U.R. Ananthamoorthy, the “Jnanapeedam” winner and former Chairman of UGC and former Vice Chancellor of M.G. University Kerala. In the year 2008 the award was presented to Dr. Prameela Devi, the renowned poetess.  and social activist, and the only woman delegate from Asia to address American Congress on Atomic issue and also to Hamsa Malavi Farooqui an eminent leader and the former Palayam Imam In 2009  the same award was bestowed upon Srmt. Sugatha Kumari, an Indian poet, who has been at the forefront of environmental and feminist movements in Kerala, South India. In 2010 this was awarded to Perumbadavam Sreedharan a prolific Malayalam author from Kerala state, South India
  2. For those who contributed extra ordinarily in the field of education and ecumenism. In the year 2005 this award was given to Most. Re. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrisostom, the Supreme Head of Marthoma Church and in the year 2006 this award was presented to Archbishop Mar. Joseph Powathil, the Chairman of Inter – Church Council for education. Since last ten years, an inter religious dialogue is being conducted in January and well known scholars and speakers from different religion take part in it regularly.

RURAL DEVELOPMENT

  1. For 100% realisation of literacy and popularisation of computer education among the rural people, some villages were adopted and were given free computer education. One among them is Elikulam village at Kottayam District in Kerala.
  2. As part of women empowerment, conducted free training programme in Readymade Garments and Embroidery in Peravanthanam, Idukky district in association with SISI (Small Industries Service Institute. Govt, of India)
  3. Provided free computer education to 416 BPL (Below poverty level) students in association with the district panchayat, Kottayam without any distinction of caste, creed or religion.
  4. Constructed more than 200 houses for poor families in Kottayam District without any discrimination of caste, creed or religion.
  5. Provides free technical and professional education to more than 300 students every year without any discrimination of caste, creed or religion.
  6. Provided employment to more than 300 educated people throughout Kerala.
  7. Provides financial assistance, Text books, Note books and uniforms to poor student from different villages.

IN THE FIELD OF EDUCATION

Being aware that education is the backbone of development and the primary factor for the social mobility, established many prestigious educational institutions and some of them are now centres of excellence in their field. Some of them are

  1. St. Ephrem’s High School, Chirakadavu in 1980
  2. St. Antony’s Public School Anakkal, in 1987 which is one of the best CBSE schools in South India, comprising 3500 students.
  3. St. Antony’s College of Computer Science, Kanjirapally in 1993.
  4. St. Antony’s College, Kanjirapally in 1994.
  5. Mary Matha Public School, Edakkunnam in 2001.
  6. S.H. Public School, Chengalam in 2004.
  7. St. Antony’s College of Hotel Management & Fashion Technology, Kanjirapally in 2006.

POSITIONS HELD

  1. Asst. Vicar, Metropolitan Church, Changanacherry (1963 – 66)
  2. Catechism Director, Arch diocese, Changanacherry (1970 – 78)
  3. Pastoral Council Secretary, Educational council member, Arch diocese, Changnacherry (1972 – 77)

4.      Member, Director Board SB College & Assumption College, Changanacherry
(1970-77)

  • Secretary, Nilackal Ecumenical Trust (1983-95, 2000-07)
  • Secretary, Priests Senate, Diocese of Kanjirapally
  • Founder & Director, St. Antony’s Educational & Charitable Society, Kanjirapally
  • Founder Manager, St. Ephrem’s High School, Chirakkadavu (1978 – 83).
  • Founder Manager, St. Antony’s Public School Anakkal (1988-95).
  • Founder Manager, Mary Matha Public School, Edakkunnam (2000 – 03)

SECULAR ACTIVITIES

  1. Working for social and communal harmony and national integration in connection with Nilackal Ecumenical trust.
  2. Established International Dialogue Centre at Nilackal.
  3. Established Award for Communal Harmony in connection with 70th Birth

     Anniversary.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

With the cooperation of the agriculturists, two Educational and Charitable Societies were formed.

LEADERSHIP IN PROVIDING  JOBORIENTED COURSES FOR RURAL COMMUNITY

  1. St. Antony’s College of Computer Science, Kanjirapally.

Courses offered: A level, O level, CCC, PGDCA, DTP, Tally under DOEACC

  • St. Antony’s College of Hotel Management & Fashion Technology.

Courses offered:-

  1. Hotel Management – Degree & Diploma Courses
  2. Fashion Technology – Degree & Diploma Courses Recognized by Kerala Government              
  • Bharathiar University Distance Education Centre    

Courses offered :- MBA, MCA, BCA, BBA, M.Sc. Computer Science,

B.Sc. Computer Science, M.A. Criminology, Journalism, BLISc.

LITERARY ACHIEVEMENTS

  1. Languages known – Latin, Syriac, H ebrew, Greek, Sanskrit, English, French, German, Italian, Hindi, Malayalam
  2. Published “Theological understanding of the World and Temporal realities” Published from Belgium.
  3. Published “Kerala Church” from USA.
  • Published the magazine by name “Kathiroli” – Theological Monthly

FOREIGN VISITS

Vatican City, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, Germany, USA, UK, Kuwait, Dubai, Israel, France, Saudi Arabia, Abudabi, Belgium, Luxemberg, Holland, Austria