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'India's Father of Community Colleges' to Visit Hartnell College as Scholar-in-Residence

April 28th, 2004

The Rev. Xavier Alphonse, considered "the father of community colleges in India," will visit Hartnell College Friday, May 7, as a Scholar-in-Residence.

During his three-day stay, he will visit classes and discuss Indian education, culture and government, according to Hartnell President Edward J. Valeau. "We are honored to host Rev. Alphonse," said Valeau. "He is a respected scholar and a strong supporter of community colleges, and will share valuable insights with our students, faculty and staff."

Valeau invited the Jesuit to Hartnell last year when he visited India as a Fulbright scholar.

Rev. Alphonse, 52, is director of the Madras Centre for Research and Development of Community Education. His organization oversees and develops basic curriculum materials for the country's 111 community colleges.

India's community college movement is nine years old, and aims to empower the disadvantaged through skills development leading to gainful employment. The goals of the colleges is to improve the lives of the urban poor, rural poor, tribal poor and women.

For more information on Rev. Alphonse's visit to Hartnell, call the Office of Institutional Advancement at (831) 755-6810.