Father C R Prabhus sacerdotal golden jubilee celebrated

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    Jamshedpur, Feb. 2: Cardinal Telesphore P. Toppo on Tuesday participated in a function to mark the sacerdotal (priesthood) golden jubilee of Father Camille Ratnakar Prabhu, director of Catholic Charities and Samekit Jan Vikas Kendra, at St Joseph’s Cathedral in Golmuri .

    The golden jubilee function of Father C. R. Prabhu, who is now 77-year-old, is one of the first occasions in Jamshedpur diocese of the Roman Catholic Church and was attended by priests from across the country.

    Talking to the newsmen, Cardinal Toppo said that land acquisition is posing a hurdle in their dream project – setting up of engineering and law colleges. While a proposal in this connection has already been submitted to the state government last year, no progress has been made in this regard due to land acquisition hurdles.

    “It is our dream project and we want to provide better opportunities in the State. We are trying at our best for adequate land to establish engineering and a law college but unfortunately we have not achieved much success.

    We are hopeful that the present government under the leadership of Raghubar Das will help us in getting the land required to set up the higher education center, which will benefit the tribal population,” said Cardinal Toppo.

    Cardinal Toppo expressed confidence that pooling in finance for the projects would not be a problem. “We are confident that funds will not be an issue.

    We want to uplift of poor by spreading higher education. We have started a state-of-the art medical college and hospital at Mandar near Ranchi in November last year,” the cardinal added. He said that they are confident the issues related to the college will be solved and the proposed project will be fulfilled. The college will prove a boon in higher education.

    Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI- the apex policy-making body of the Roman Catholic Church in India) took over the 68-year-old Holy Family Hospital in Mandar. The proposed medical college and hospital is being called Constant Lievens Academy of Health Sciences and Hospital.

    “We decided to set up the medical college and hospital during CBCI general body meeting at XLRI Jamshedpur in 2008. It took more than seven years to find land as several other plots selected by us in Khunti and other parts met with opposition.

    Finally, we zeroed up the hospital in Mandar along with contribution from our Ranchi diocese. Currently, the hospital project is based on 29 acres of land, while the requirement stipulated by the Medical Council of India is 25 acres.

    The first phase of converting the hospital into a 300-bed (currently 150-bed) will be completed in April 2016 and in the second phase we will start the college and convert the hospital into 500-bed,” said the cardinal.

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