Wednesday, March 31, 2010

2001 to…………..Present Scenario

Definitely drastic changes……..The numbers of admission increased, dropouts decreased. In all areas – punctuality, cleanliness, discipline – more over the passion for learning got a phenomenal improvement. These are 640 students are studying here in Mount Carmel School from LKG to 9th class in both – Telugu and English mediums. The school is upgrading and next year (2010 – 2011) will have the first batch of 10th class. We try to impart quality education without any economic profit.

The Number of Admissions

There are 572 students studying here in Mount Carmel School on this academic year 2009 - '10 (LKG to IXth classes both in English and Telugu Mediums).

Total Students in English Medium

Boys: 297+

Girls: 142


Total: 439

Total Students in Telugu Medium

Boys: 97+

Girls: 36


Total: 133

Grand Total: 439+133=572

The School Year and Calendar

The educational session begins from the second week of June and ends in the last week of April next year.
The school remains open all running days from 9 a.m. to 3.45 p.m.

Co-curricular Activities of the Students

The school students are grouped into four houses. The children are always encouraged to participate in individual competition, inter house as well as inter class and inter school co-curricular competitions.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Fr. Jijo Muthanattu O. Carm. (Parish Priest)

Carmelite Missionaries are very much committed to impart education to the poor and the marginalized.
Objectives: - We are providing education – academic, physical and moral, and spiritual – based on Catholic morals and to enable students to develop the value of co-operation.

- Our educational goals to foster each student a positive self image, self discipline and responsible decision making.

- To develop social awareness and good citizenship who behaves amicably.

- To insist each student to acquire skills and motivation to continue in the learning process.

- To integrate all the subject areas into the learning process and bring behaviour change through education.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Staff Members 2009 -2010

The staff includes local teachers, Carmelite priests, regent brothers and the sisters from the S. A. B. S. congregation. Mary Matha Province of S. A. B. S. Congregation from Mananthavady is rendering their services to academic as well as pastoral fields.

Top (From Left): Bro. Jobin, Mr. Chidananda, Bro. Abin and Mr. Rajesh

(From Left): Vijay, Chandrasekhar, Ramakrishna, Mallikarjuna, Sreenivasalu, Sleevaiah, Sundar Raju and Ramanjiniyelu

(From Left): Estheramma, Sr. Regina, Sr. Alphin, Renuka, Pushpalatha, Sr. Kusumam, Bhagyalakshmi, Kalyani and Jayamma

(From Left): Fr. Thomas, Fr. Shaji, Fr. George and Sr. Retty

The Management 2009 - 2010

Fr. Shaji Mangalath O. Carm. (The Principal)

Fr. George Myladoor O. Carm. (The Manager)

Fr. Thomas Nelliyaniyil O. Carm.

The Socio-economic Situation of the Project Area

A. Educational Condition:

The literacy in this place is below 28 to 29%. Compared to other districts it is very less in the villages. It is a common practice that among the village children 45%of them are dropout from their education after 5th class. With the compulsion of parents and the missionaries around, a few have reached up to 10th standard. But it is not a support to the family. For any professional work they should complete their 12th class. Due to their poor economic conditions and oppression from the landlords they are not in a position to educate their youth up to 12th class. Hence they send their elder children to work in the fields of the landlords for mere wages. The situation of the girls is still worse. Soon after attaining the age of puberty the parents of the girl children arrange marriage for their children. In this area more than 60%of the girl children’s marriages take place at the age of 12 to 14. They neither know what marriage is nor how to take care of the child. Because of these practice the women become sick and old after marriages. Various health problems and personal problems arise due to these practices. The educational level of women and girls are the lowest.

B. Social Condition:

The vast majority of the people are Hindus. Christians constitute only a small section of the population. Therefore Hindu way of life has significant influence on the Christian faithful. Hindus do not emphasize on community worship instead they stress on the individual approach to religious worship. Thus visiting as many deities as possible and pleasing them through pilgrimage to the Holy Shrines are very important for them for the salvation and blessings from the deities. This practice is telling greatly in to the religious life of the Christians also.

C. Religious condition:
People as a whole, whether Christians or non Christians, are very religious minded. They are more attracted to popular ways of worship and practices. The traditional and philosophical style of religion is not much interested for the people. Everything in the name of God is a sacred for the people and they give high reverence for such things and places. That is why shrines and statues attract people than formal liturgical services. People have more faith in tangible and visible mediums. All religious shrines are revered and respected by faithful of the other religions also.

The Real Situations & The Existing Caste System

Kosigi and the surrounding Mandals are backward in economic, health, educational and social terms. It is one of the poorest Mandals in Kurnool district in India. Due to continuous droughts, illiteracy and high poverty, the development in this area is very less than the mainstream development of an average town in India. The heat usually touches 40ºC to 45ºC.

The existing caste System is another serious problem in this region. This is taken as an advantage by the upper caste people in humiliating the down trodden and almost to the extent of exploiting the power of labour both into the cultivation of the lands of the rich and into the building up of the supremacy struggle of two factions. The women are the most worst affected community in the existence factionism. The social problem untouchability is still existing in many of the villages. This is an awful one in a civilized society and in an advanced society in the world. The pity is that the Dalit communities are not allowed in the temples to pray, they are restricted to their periphery of their villages and to he stones and trees. These Dalits are even discriminate at the public places too. They are even now serve the drinking water and tea in separate cups and glasses. At the public places like the drinking water wells, if they are identified as Dalits, thy are not allowed to draw the drinking water, instead someone from the high caste draw the water from the well and pour in the hands of the Dalits. In some of the remote villages, the dominance of the high caste person is so high and the Dalits are made practiced to live like slaves. In a public road, if a high caste person is passing through, no Dalit person can pass through that particular road, if so, the Dalit has to remove his chapels (shoes) and hold them on the head till the time the rich caste person passes through the way. This is the common phenomena in most of the villages of our region.

Background Information & Location – at a glance

Andhra Pradesh is one of the biggest in the geographical features, culture and language of the people. Being the 5th Biggest State, it is divided in to 3 regions according to Coastal Andhara, Telangana and Rayalseema.

The Diocese of Kurnool was founded in 1967. It consists of two big civil districts. The origin of Christianity in this area goes back to 1770. But till the arrival of Franciscan Missionaries, Mill Hill foreign mission of Paris(MEP) had done the work of evangelization of people which was confined to a handful of villages., neither the clergy nor the faithful from the communities were keen on taking the Gospel to the other, but were satisfied with taking care of these existing communities. With the arrival of OFM, MHM, and MEP in the diocese from 1940, the spreads of the Gospel gained momentum and about 220 new communities have been added to the Church of Kurnool as on date. Among those who embrace catholic faith in this period of Evangelization are from poor Dalit and backward communities. These communities are socially, economically, educationally backward and politically powerless people. Most of them live in below the poverty line and hence they are underdeveloped in many ways.

The Diocese in which we are situated is the largest in area and in population. The geographical area is estimated to 17658 kilometers. Out of 1104 Mandals of the state, 54 Mandals are in Kurnool District.

Kosigi mandal is Located 120 KM away from Kurnool. Each Mandal has 22-25 villages respectively.This area is highly drought hit prone, economically and educationally most backward. Because of the drought, people migrate to near by cities and towns for their lively-hood.

Kosigi is very arid, chronically drought affected and backward rural area. More than 95 percentage of the population is small or marginal farmers and agricultural related coolie workers. The cultivation is mainly rain-fed and there is either excessive or scarcity of rain and the result is always crop failure. In addition to the crop loss, 7 to 8 months of every year they do not get any employment. Therefore they have to migrate to cities in search of livelihood. Seasonal migration has become an established life style for a good number of villagers. When they go in search of work, the migration takes place along with the whole family.

Kosigi is an interior area and the nearest city and the district headquarters is Kurnool which is 125 kms away. Kurnool district along with three districts (Cudappah, Chittoor and Ananthapur), called Rayalaseema, is an area of cheap quality stones and dry weather.

History of the School

Mount Carmel School was established in 2001, June 12. It is run by Carmelite fathers (O. Carm.).

The school is located 1 km away from Kosigi Village in Kurnool District. It was started with an objective to uplift the social, cultural and educational needs of the people.