St John Technical and Educational Campus, Palghar – 11 glorious years

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Palghar (Maharashtra), Jun 10: The story of St John Technical and Educational Campus is that of over a decade of belief in the vision statement, ‘Excellence in Serving to Educate and Educating to Serve’, which brought meaning to, and enriched the lives of all stakeholders such as students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and management of the Aldel Education Trust, Mumbai.

Aldel Education Trust is a Christian religious minority trust established in the year 2007, with the objective of providing professional knowledge, developing the expertise and enhancing the creativity of youth. Albert W D’Souza, the founder and chairman of the trust, is a visionary, philanthropist and a renowned industrialist. He has been the recipient of 'Entrepreneur of the Year’ award and today heads an internationally reputed printing and publishing firm. It was his dream to develop the youth of our society by providing them with specialized education. He has been involved in this movement by actively participating and supporting the development of several minority technical institutes run by the Christian religious community in the country and is an active member of the governing council of all these institutions. His desire to contribute personally to this cause resulted in the inception of Aldel Education Trust.

Chairman Albert W D'Souza

St John Technical and Educational Campus, established at Palghar, was blessed and inaugurated in August 2008 by Rt Rev Thomas Dabre, then bishop of Vasai diocese and commenced activities with two colleges. St John College of Engineering and Management was established with degree programmes in Civil, Electronics & Telecommunication, Information Technology and Computer Engineering with intake of 240 students (60 students in each branch) and St. John Institute of Pharmacy and Research with an intake of 60 students for the B Pharmacy programme. The dedication of the management, commitment of faculty and staff as well as the support and cooperation from students and parents brought success to their endeavours and soon there was demand from local society for added educational facilities.

Recognizing the needs of the local community, the Aldel Education Trust expanded educational facilities gradually over the last 11 years. Today the St John Technical and Educational Campus provides opportunities to students seeking careers in technical and professional fields like engineering, pharmacy, management and also varied fields in humanities and sciences.

All PG, UG and Diploma programmes offered at St John Technical and Educational Campus are approved by AICTE, PCI and DTE and affiliated to University of Mumbai / MSBTE. Programmes offered are in the following disciplines:

• Management – MMS (MBA)
• Engineering Degree – Civil, Electronics & Telecommunication, Information Technology, Computer and Mechanical
• Engineering Diploma – Civil, Electronics and Telecommunication and Mechanical
• Pharmacy – Diploma and Degree in Pharmacy, Masters in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance
• Humanities – BSc (Hospitality Studies), BSc (IT), BAF, BBI, BMS, BCom, BA

The campus also welcomes children to St John Junior College (Arts, Commerce and Science – State Board), St. John International School (CBSE) and tiny tots at the St. John Pre-Primary School.

The campus is thus educating over 5,000 students from KG to PG.

So what is it that attracts parents and students to St John at Palghar?

Situated within lush green surroundings in a serene and quiet ambience, the campus is located at Vevoor, Palghar (E) which comes under the Palghar District in Maharashtra. Palghar is a part of the Western Line of the Mumbai Suburban Rail Network and the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Rail Route. The college is situated on the Palghar-Manor Road about 1 km from Palghar Railway station and 16 km from Manor on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Western Express Highway (NH-8).

The focus of the college management has always been to provide quality holistic education to every student, making them industry ready and employable as they graduate. Along with a focus on the university curriculum, value added activities such as Corporate Relations, Employability, Placement and Training (CREPT) Cell, Skills Training for Employability Programme (STEP), Centre for Soft Skill and Personality Development (CSSPD) and Build Your Brand (BYB) have been initiated on campus. Students are encouraged to take up additional certification courses conducted by STEP, while CSSPD assists students to develop their communication and language skills. CREPT provides them opportunities to interact with industry experts through guest lectures, industrial visits, internships and finally supports them with placements.

Students of St John Campus have excelled in academics and have also enthusiastically participated in several inter-collegiate events at the university, state and national level showcasing their talents and potential.

Academic Achievements

• Department of Pharmacy - Students secured the University 1st rank in 2013 and 2016, 2nd rank in 2015, 4th and 5th ranks in 2014
• Department of Civil Engineering – Student secured the University Gold Medal for highest marks in BE Civil subjects in 2015, 5th and 10th ranks in 2012, 7th rank in 2014, 6th and 11th ranks in 2018
• Department of Information Technology – Student secured the University 11th Rank in 2018

Co-curricular Achievements

The students have won top honours at multiple events, some of the highlights being:

• 1st prize at ‘Smart India Hackathon 2018’, conducted by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India
• Won five 1st prizes including overall first prize winner at ‘Formula Kart Design Challenge (FKDC) 2018’, conducted by Fraternity of Mechanical and Automotive Engineers (FMAE)
• 1st prize in Techfest 2018 – Meshmerize Line- Follower competition, held at IIT Bombay
• 1st Prize at ‘CSI Mumbai Tech Next 2018’, conducted by the Computer Society of India
• 1st Prize at ‘AAKAAR ‘BridgeIT’ Competition 2017’, conducted by IIT-Bombay
• 1st Prize at ‘Avishkar 2017’, conducted by the University of Mumbai
• 1st Prize at Quiz Competition (Maharashtra State Level), conducted by Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education

All these achievements speak volumes for the efforts put in by all the stakeholders and this Quality has been assessed by the accreditation agencies. The campus is proud to have NAAC and NBA accredited programmes. The Engineering and Pharmacy colleges are also approved u/s 2f of the UGC.

The Trust continues to develop and broaden the variety of programmes offered on campus to cater to the growing needs of the youth and the evolving trends in education based on the needs of the industry.

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  • Valerian D' Souza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Tue, Jun 11 2019

    Great service by Shri. Albert D' Souza to our community in particular and to everybody in general.
    As an old age saying goes, whatever Albert touches turns Gold.
    He is instrumental in making many technical institutes like St. Francis in Borivli, St. Xavier's in Mahim and Don Bosco, Vidhya Vihar, and St. Joseph in Vamanjur into Esteemed Engineering Colleges.
    Once it was so difficult to get into Engineering Colleges, today our community has so many Engineers.
    He is Chairman of Model Co-operative Bank, is in the process of making the Bank it a scheduled Bank.
    He is Leading Director in Christian Chamber of commerce and Industry. He gels well with everybody.
    Hope some day, so many of our Residential clubs, (Kudds) in south Mumbai, about 40 in number, someday brought under a umbrella like common Federation and professionally managed like YMCA.

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  • Valerian DSouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Tue, Jun 11 2019

    St. John group of colleges have all streams of studies except, Medical College, Nursing and Law College.

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  • Alfred Nazareth, pangla Shankerpura

    Mon, Jun 10 2019


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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    Great memorable auspicious event indeed and wish all the best to the concerned educational institute.

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