ST. JOSEPH’S TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, PUNE
In India, the Society of Jesus had three workshops in Mangalore, Patna sad Madurai. In Maharashtra, the Jesuits had no such institute. In the late forties, Jesuit educators became aware that very few facilities existed for school dropouts, who were ideal for the Technical field. In 1950, Fr. Pius Geisel, SJ superior of the Poona Jesuits mooted the idea of a workshop-cum-training Institute on the premises of St.Vincent’s High School. Fr. P. Haefeli was instrumental in purchasing some old buses for use in St. Vincent’s.
He constructed a workshop for services and maintenance of these buses. Some of the boys who had not shown particular aptitude for studies were taken as apprentices in this workshop for non?formal training. The Goa Pune Province then purchased a plot of land from the Pocha Gardens. Br. J. Pfiffner constructed the workshops and classrooms with the assistance of Brs. Anton Herbert and Otto Widmer. Initial help was provided by Swiss workers.
The Institute started functioning in Jan. 1959 with Fr. Haefeli as superintendent, and students from economically poor families were enrolled. Br. Herbert managed the Fabrication Dept. and Hr. Widmer, the carpentry section to offer training as well as to generate funds to meet the training expenses of the Inetitute. St. Joseph’s Technical Institute (SJTI) was recognised by the Dept. of Technical Edn., Maharashtra state for Trade Certificate Courses of Fitter, Turner and Motor Mechanics.The untimely death of Fr. Haefeli in 1961, brought Fr. William Clement and Fr. Charles D’Lima, who obtained generous assistance for expansion from the people of the Federal Republic of Germany through MISEREOR (Catholic Bishops’ Conferenee), which assisted developing countries through projects and services from volunteers in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Fr. J. B. Thiel was appointed superintendent in 1966. He opted for I.T.I and St. Joseph’s was affiliated to the National Council for Training in Vocational Trades. Foremen Courses were begun is 1970 on the basis of the ‘Meister’ programme in Germany. Fr. Hans staffner took over as Director in 1973, and Fr. Ivo Meyer in 1974 with short-term and part-time training programmes
The institute is a member of ‘Skills for Progress,’ an All India Association of Private Technical and Vocational Training Institutes; prepares students for trades of the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) examination in the Craftsmen Training schemed courses of the Maharashtra State Board of Vocational Examinations, courses for school dropouts, and need?based courses such as employment?oriented technical training for women and the physically disabled.
St. Joseph’s Technical Institute,
Pune 411 037
Tel Inst (020) 26447496 Res (020) 26450493 Fax 26450492