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A one-day orientation programme was conducted for the non-teaching staff of AIMIT on October 20. Praveen D’Souza and Mammatha from library led the prayer.

Fr Anush D’Cunha SJ, resource person, Dr (Fr) Melwyn Pinto SJ, Director and Fr Alwyn D’Souza SJ, campus director, were present.

Dr (Fr) Melwyn Pinto SJ spoke about the importance of conducting faculty development programme every year. In his talk, he said, “We must all love our institution and not just work for salary we get. We all should work as a team and be loyal to the institution.” He also said that the non-teaching staff are as important as the teaching staff in an institution.

The first session was led by Fr Anush D’Cunha SJ, Director of the Loyola Jesuit Pre-novitiate. The topic was ‘understanding oneself and others’. The session started with a question about who we are and how we associate ourselves with. He also conducted an activity on Johari Window where the staff members could explore more about themselves. “Life is a process. Sometimes we have to undo certain things or share the matters with others,” he added. He also spoke about the values of Jesuit education. “The value of Jesuit education is centred around the human person. Jesuit education seeks to form the person, the whole person, the person-for-others, the reflective person, the magis person and the team person,” he said.

The second session was conducted by Fr Alwyn D’Souza SJ. The session was activity-based, emphasising self-awareness through personality assessments and team-building exercises.

The participants took active part in all sessions.