The nun of the Apostolic Carmel order has been the principal of Carmel Convent for last 11 years where she had also served as a vice-principal.
By Fr. Dominic Emmanuel
The Teacher’s Day celebration this year became special for New Delhi’s Carmel Convent School as its principal Sr. Nirmalini was given the Best Teacher Award of Delhi government.
She was the only one from a Catholic school to receive the award this year.
“Better late than never” describes the feelings of the Carmel school staff.
“Sr. Nirmalini deserved this award all along and it was really long over due. We are happy that the government of Delhi has finally recognized her immense contribution to building future responsible women citizens of our country,” said Ms. Sudha, a senior teacher of the school.
The nun of the Apostolic Carmel order has been the principal of Carmel Convent for last 11 years where she had also served as a vice-principal. Sr. Nirmalini, though carries the title of the principal, she is many things to many people in the school.
Soon after she took over the school in 2002, the first thing she did was to get the students and their parents involved in social outreach programme by adopting a Muslim village – Nuh in the Mewat district of Haryana.
Carmel Convent is one of the few Schools of Delhi which has students exchange programme with Germany and Thailand. Last year the school’s project on ‘Women’s Empowerment”, was rated as the best programme by the German government.
Last year one of her students won the best German speaking Quiz Contest and went to Germany representing India for the International Contest.
Much before the sad incident of the Nirbhaya case (brutal rape of a student), which shook the conscience of the nation, Sr. Nirmalini had already introduced in her all girls’ school, “Mission Prahar (attack)”, as a self-defence technique course in the school.
Not someone to accept any diktat from the government blindly and mutely, Sr. Nirmalini is known for regularly challenging the government’s decisions, which attempt to interfere with the rights of Minorities’ school, in different courts. And she has won all the cases so far.
Sr. Nirmalini, besides being the Education secretary for the Delhi Archdiocese is also the Secretary for the Northern Region Bishops’ Council.
She is in great demand to conduct seminars for principals and school teachers, the latest being one conducted for the all male Jesuit School Principals of North West region.
The list of ‘feathers in her cap’, undoubtedly runs long, filled with all the colours of the rainbow.
Courtesy: UCAN News