after serving St. Philomena’s College as Principal for 23 years
Rev. Fr. Leslie Moras, Principal, Professor and HoD of English, is attaining superannuation on May 31, 2015 after a long and phenomenal stint of 30 years as an English teacher and 23 years as Principal of St. Philomena’s College, Bannimantap, Mysuru. Here we publish an article by Dr. A. John Siluvai, HoD, PG Department of English, St. Philomena’s College.
When Fr. Leslie Moras stepped into this campus as a Lecturer in English in the year 1985, it wasn’t just a career for him but a vocation. When the Management appointed him the eleventh Principal of the College in 1992 to the chagrin of some senior faculty, there were some gossips and caustic comments going round. Will he manage? Isn’t he a young novice to the post? How would he run the show at such a young age of thirty-seven? But the young Principal was dreaming, mulling and thinking of the college in a big way.
He sprang over the paranoia and left no stone unturned until he fulfilled his ambitious dream of developing the college to the status of Autonomy, Excellence and a degree-awarding independent University. The college has, in fact, grown to get the first two titles, thanks to his enormous inputs.
The first thing Fr. Leslie did was to demarcate the boundary of the college which consists of almost 25 acres. It was an uphill task but he did it for its entire territory and made it secure from trespassers, planted plenty of Silver Oak trees and coffee seedlings to usher in a green revolution.
Fr. Leslie Moras revived the almost dormant Alumni Association during the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the college which now functions as part of the big family of Philos.
With the increased intake of students opting for the countless self-financed disciplines, he expanded the library, constructed extra floors on existing buildings to accommodate the number of class rooms, an attractive canteen, an e...more