HISTORY OF ST. JOHN'S PRIVATE I. T. I.
In the year 1960, the Brothers of Saint Gabriel were called by Rt. Rev. Msgr. James Mendonsa the then Bishop of Tiruchirappalli to run an Elementary School, which had already existed in the village of Manjampatty, administered by the Diocese.
Bro. John of the Cross, the then Provincial Superior of India, with his thirst for activities and excellence in administration, sent Bro. Montfort of the Cross to Manjampatty to establish a new House. Bro. Montfort of the Cross took charge of St. Antony’s Elementary School from Fr. Antony, Parish Priest of Manaparai.
Most Rev. Dr. P. Justin Diraviam, D.D., D.C.L., J.U.D, Archbishop of Madurai, thought of starting an orphanage and Technical School at Manaparai. St. John’s Boys’ Town was started on 9th June 1961 under the Management of the Brothers of St, Gabriel, taking over the Management of St. Antony’s Elementary School where the orphans could study. Ten acres of land near the Trunk Road between Manjampatty and Theerampatti was purchased and two buildings – the Brothers’ House and St. John’s Orphanage were constructed.
In the year 1961, forty-eight boys from various parishes of Tiruchirappalli diocese were admitted to St. John's Boys' Town Orphanage without any discrimination of religion, caste and creed. Most of these boys were destitute children. The others are either delinquents or orphans or children coming from the street sent to the Institution by the social workers and the Parish Priests.
St. Antony’s Elementary School was upgraded to VIII standard in course of time. With Std. VIII qualification the boys leaving the school, could not secure any job for earning their livelihood. So the need for starting an Industrial School was felt and a ‘Carpentry & Cabinet Making’ trade was started in the year 1968. After their middle school education, these boys had a chance of learning Carpentry & Cabinet Making for three years under the provisions of the code of Regulation for Industrial Schools, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, Department of Employment & Training. In June 1968 by the efforts of Bro. Thomas Tolentino, the trade was accorded permanent recognition by the Director of Employment & Training, Government of Tamil Nadu.
The Institution can not forget the tireless effort
and interest taken by Bro. Louis Bureau, to get some financial assistance
for the starting of the Technical School. The construction work of the
Technical School Building was started in February 1966. The Technical
School buildings were blessed on 22.08.1968.
In 1977 the Middle School was upgraded as a High School. Bro. Leopold Joseph’s efforts were highly rewarded when the first batch of the S.S.L.C. boys secured cent percent success in April 1978.
EXPANSION OF THE TECHNICAL SCHOOL
Rev. Bro. Leopold Joseph, introduced the following
new Technical Trades in the year 1978 with the help of Netherlands &
German Governments, through the Good offices of CEBEMO and MISEREOR.
Rev. Bro. Oliver Ericat, the then Principal of I.T.I.
was very dynamic in administration and had taken much pain to get affiliation
of all the above technical trades with National Council for Vocation
Training, Government of India, Department of Labour, New Delhi in 1979.
A detailed statement of trades and trainees undergoing training now are furnished here below.
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