Late Lamented Arch Bishop Dr. Philipose Mar Theophilus was a multifaceted mortal being and a visionary. His grit to initiate many projects and programmes had attained fame during his lifetime.
His Grace Dr. Philipose Mar Theophilus relied on legal framework rather than loose–knit ideas. One good example is that he registered Charitable Trusts, to promote education and relief work among the sick, the poor and the victims of natural calamities. One such Trust is the Malankara Orthodox Church Council of Bombay (MOCCB) which in later years promoted many educational institutions. When His Grace constituted MOCCB there was only one school in the Diocese i.e. St. Thomas School at Kalyan .Today, after three decades of the formation of Bombay Diocese, MOCCB has become a great educational hub running several schools and junior Colleges in Maharashtra and Gujarat. The first of the schools established by His Grace, St. Mary’s Multipurpose School, holds its sway in Navi Mumbai as the topmost educational institution with about 6500 students on the roll. Yet this institution refuses to accept failure of even a single student at Secondary and Higher Secondary examinations.
MOCCB does not stay aloof, of its own development. It guides and helps Parishes to establish and manage their own institutions giving guidance and sound advice and expertise to keep away from legal tangles. Mumbai Diocese is today the proud manager of dozens of schools, seriously involved in the task of removing illiteracy from the masses and ensuring employment for the people. It is not fair to ignore the pioneering ground work His Grace did at Pune for the cause of education .We mentioned above the grit and determination of this great visionary .A sterling example, we may identify is St. Thomas Public School he started in1989, at Kirkee, Pune with a Pre-School in the unfinished Church building which is now a model School being cited by the Education Department both for the high standard of education and for maintenance of School records. This is a school which is placed in A1 Grade consistently by the Department of Education – a full –fledged Secondary School.
It was in the late 80’s when His Grace repeatedly expressed his cherished desire to see Pune as an educational hub and an epicenter for various educational and cultural activities. While the Pune Diocesan people were not much active on this front, his worthy successor His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos with his relentless hard work and consistent endeavors made it materialize. The Last educational institution initiated by MOCCB is Dr. Mar Theophilus School in village Dhanori, in the suburb of Pune city.
His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos
Metropolitan, Diocese of Bombay,
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.
President: Malankara Orthodox Church Council of Bombay, & Chief Managing Trustee of Vishweshwar Education Society
Maharashtra Council of Churches
Bishops Fellowship of Bombay.
St. Thomas Theological Seminary, Nagpur.
Former President: National Council of Churches in India (NCCI),
Global President: Mar Gregorios Christian Students Movement (MGOCSM),
Co President: Maharashtra Malayalee Christian Association,
Chairperson of various schools in Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Widely travelled the world over, he is a Scholar in Theology as well as conventional education.
His grace has travelled all over the world in connection with his various assignments and whenever time permitted he would visit educational institutions, interact with the Management and the students and make notes of his experience and when back home he would make presentations in the Education Board so that the board endorses the educational patterns that are relevant and may be followed. Under his able guidance our education system undergoes constant review and revision of its syllabi and administration.
Our school President His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos Metropolitan has been serving the Holy Church with piety, simplicity and enormous earnestness. Blessed with a towering and graceful persona, Arch Bishop Coorilos humbly carry forward the mission and vision of our forefathers. His Grace is a devout advocate of orthodox faith. He has been serving the Holy Church for three decades in diverse capacities. Decision making is indeed a challenge, at positions that demand the highest level of perfection and he executed them remarkably.
It was in the year 2006 His Grace purchased a large plot of land for the MOCCB in Pune at Dhanori under the Pune Municipal Corporation limits very close to the airport.
His Grace did not miss the time to plan an educational complex, the first to start with an ICSE school to promote education. His Grace promotes the leadership of Guru-Shishya Parampara, that traces its roots back to the vedic ages. His Grace has been instrumental in establishing a number of educational institutions in Mumbai, Pune and Gujarat. For effective management and administration of educational institutions, he constituted the Education Board that introduces the latest curriculum
Dr. C.J. Samuel
Managing Trustee and Director of Dr. Mar Theophilus School, Dhanori. Director, National Academy of continuing Legal Education, Pune. Director, St. Thomas Orthodox Education Society, Pune. Attorney at Law. Director – Malankara Orthodox Church Council of Bombay Education Board , Active in Social work. Trustee of Arch Bishop Mar Theophilus Educational and Medical Foundation.
Active in Social work. Trustee of Arch Bishop Mar Theophilus Educational and Medical Foundation.
- Published about 30 articles, 3 anthologies and a number of research papers.
- Edited and published the book – entitled “ Legislative Principles and Judicial Process” ( prescribed as text book for LL.M. students of Pune University ).
- Eight PhD Scholars worked under his guidance have been awarded PhD in law
- Published 19 volumes of Manual of Maharashtra Laws.
“All birds find shelter during the rain but the eagle avoids rain by flying above the clouds.” – APJ Abdul Kalam
Dr. C. J. Samuel is a teacher at heart and has been teaching Law since 1972. He was a Professor of Law at the Poona University from 1986 to 1996 and retired as the Head of the Law department. He was also a statutory member of all University bodies during his tenure there. History of Pune has rarely seen a personality like Dr C J Samuel whose devoted service to the student community for the last 40 years, has borne marvellous fruit. His students are spread all over the country and even abroad and are found to be successful in life.
He is an icon in his own right who as a true leader leads his flock with affection. He has shouldered the prime responsibility of thoughtfully implementing the school culture, curriculum, assessment, recruitment and building relationships with children, parents and teachers. Within a short span, the colossal task entrusted to him by the late lamented founder, Arch Bishop His Grace Dr. Mar Theophilus, has borne fruit.
His punctuality in every walk of life is an attribute to his virtues and his efficiency as a good organizer of high caliber and an exacting one too is an excellent trait in him.
He believes in a thought provoking quote from Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are God’s handiwork created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Mrs. Roshni George
- BSC passed with Distinction
- MA passed with First Class
- BEd Passed with First Class
Teaching Experience: 30 yrs as Teacher and 21 yrs as Principal
Heading St Thomas Public School, Khadki as the Principal for 15 years, she exhibited her caliber as an academician, organizer and disciplinarian. She not only set up the school but also brought in several reforms in the education method. At present she holds the administrator’s post, planning according to the needs of the school. She is also the Secretary of Arch Bishop Mar Theophilus Memorial Educational and Medical Foundation.
She assisted St. George Balikagram School, Dehu Road for its organization and administration for many years. She has been and is an advisor to several schools.
In the capacity of a Principal of Dr Mar Theophilus School, she not only exhibits the academic characteristics required to benefit the students but her dedication, selfless efforts and interest taken in all activities inside and outside school has placed the institution in the top most position in this region.