HISTORY OF K.E. CARMEL SCHOOL


KE Carmel is an English medium co-education school, affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), New Delhi. Established in 1993, amidst the lush green environment in Pirtala, Chandi Panchayat, 24 S. Parganas, in a vast stretch of 3 acres of land in WB, it provides hostel facilities. It has an attractive location and pollution free environment in the Amtala-Baruipur roadside, 1.5 Kms away from the Amtala junction. It has extensive infra structural facilities, talented instructional personnel and is committed to the development of personality with co-curricular, athletic, and sports training. To create an awareness that each individual is a precious gift of God to be respected and encouraged by all, we conduct moral science and value education classes for the spiritual formation and impart Life Skill Education with an integral formative programme.

Kuriakose Elias Carmel School is named after its heavenly patron, Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara, the founder of CMI (Carmelites of Mary Immaculate) Congregation which started in Kerala in 1831. It upholds the educational vision of its Patron and believes in the common fatherhood of God and brotherhood of all. It admits students of all religions without any distinction of sex, caste or creed.

 

The foundation year of KE Carmel School saw Fr. Mathew Arekalam CMI as its Principal together with Adoration Sisters (SABS) and local teachers. Rev. Frs C.S.Joseph, Mathew, Jose Vekathanam, Ayyamkary, Louis Kandankary, Saji Chiramukham, James Thazhoor, James Mullassery, Paul Thunduparampil and Paul Thamarassery nurtured it and brought it up. The present Principal, Fr. Joseph Puthenpura CMI, who with his brilliance and expertise in higher education, teaching experience in aided and unaided schools, and travelling experience in more than 20 countries, guides it and brings it to global standards. He was a Peer Team member of the NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) and an Inspection Team member of NCTE (National Council for Teacher Education). He was the Principal of a Teachers’ Training College. He considers the parents, students and staff as an integral part of the school and firmly believes it to be a happy KE Carmel family by taking them into confidence and fostering a student-friendly atmosphere. Rev. Fathers Joshy Mayamparampil, Jojo Thuruthayil and Varghese Puthiaveedu help him in the administration.

 

All through the past 19 years, KECS has proved as one of the 691 CMI educational institutions catering to the integral formation of students with the total involvement of staff. All the CMI educational institutions in India aim at creating individuals who are intellectually competent, morally upright, psychologically adjusted, socially integrated and responsible citizens dedicated for the welfare of the others. To imbibe altruistic attitudes and a social concern the school organizes charity drive every year and utilizes the fund to uplift the underprivileged sections of the locality, especially by organizing Carmel Clinics and tuition centres for the Bengali medium poor students of the locality around Amtala and Sarisha. The students also provide solace to the mentally and physically challenged brethren by visiting orphanages and old age homes occasionally.

 

Within the short span of its existence it has been recognized as one of the best schools in Kolkata and provides the highest individual attention. Our free tuition to about 280 local Bengali medium children every day in the school and the free clinic and other social service activities has made the school a centre of the poor village area. As we do not have Government aid we keep our fee structure low and affordable to average people. We spent about 8 lacks of rupees as fee scholarships every year for the poor and needy students of our school. Our boarding for boys and the play grounds with concrete Basket ball, shuttle, volley and football courts attract a lot of students and parents who appreciate our value based education that focuses on personal attention.

 

“Every human being is a precious gift of God to humanity and the best service that one can do is to help children become better citizens by providing excellent education”. It is with this vision of life that CMI Congregation was started in 1831 in Kerala and our KE Carmel school is the first venture of the Congregation in West Bengal (1993) as one among its 751 Schools and 40 Colleges in India. The motto of the school is “to plant and nurture”. Our institution plants and nurtures, not only literacy in the hearts and minds of children but also brings in peace and amity among the society.

 

The history of human civilization reveals that on all landmarks of growth and development,there emerged a powerful personality who has courageously stepped into the challenges of time. The source of inspiration of K E Carmel is Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara, the founder of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) and the visionary of 18th century. Counting his blessings we vow to plant the seeds of divine wisdom in our students to mould them bestowals of knowledge and solid character in an environment of caring and sharing.