“Seize every opportunity, climb every mountain, reach for the highest star, but above all, be a good human being.”
Guided by the above motto, Sr. Albina the Director of MCC, Autonomous is a Carmelite with multidisciplinary knowledge and rich administrative experience.
A sociologist with MA Sociology (Mysore University) and M. Phil (Mother Teresa University), Sr. Albina is multi-talented and trained in varied fields. Along with a legal degree, she also has a Diploma in Audio Visual Communication, Diploma in Legal Literacy, Diploma in Human Rights and Diploma in Counselling. Her diverse qualifications reflect her keen interest in varied subjects.
Sr Albina’s professional journey began as a lecturer in Sociology at her alma mater, Mount Carmel College. Her services as HOD, Department of Sociology, Welfare Officer and Hostel Warden helped in honing her leadership abilities. She took over as the sixth Principal of Mount Carmel College in 2005 and in addition was the Director of Mount Carmel Institute of Management.
Under her able leadership, MCC made a smooth transition to an autonomous college in 2005 and saw an exponential growth in terms of the programs offered and student strength. Her tenure saw the introduction of value added courses, strengthening of the institutional infrastructure and Placement Cell.
After retirement, Sr. Albina worked as a member of the research team at Indian Social Institute, Bengaluru. Besides small baseline studies she undertook a major study on the Kuruchia Christians of Wyanad and co-authored the book – “Globalization and its Impact upon the Socio-Economic and Cultural life of Tribals in South India: an Ethnographic Approach”.
Sr. Albina also donned the role the Provincial Head of Karnataka province, CSST and is currently also Education Counsellor of Karnataka province.
As the Director of the institution, Sr.Albina is committed to strengthening the academic culture, build strong industry collaboration and engage with community.
Dr. Sr. Arpana
M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.
Dr Sr Arpana, a member of the CSST and an alumna, has been serving Mount Carmel College for over three decades with commitment to the vision and mission of the institution. Her impactful tenure as the eighth Principal of Mount Carmel College, Autonomous, ( 2014-2023), saw the introduction of several new-age programmes, strengthening of academic collaborations and partnerships, augmentation of campus infrastructure and successful completion of the fourth cycle of accreditation with A+ grade and the extension of autonomous status till 2032.
Dr Sr Arpana, presently the Secretary and Treasurer of MCES, is working towards a new chapter in the growth of the Institution by planning and directing a progressive and inspirational roadmap to lead the college’s transition into a University.
Dr. George Lekha, who took over as the ninth Principal of Mount Carmel College, Autonomous on 1st July 2023, has always been strongly driven by a zeal to give back to the environment around and beyond. She has continuously focused towards making a positive difference, not just to academia but to society at large. Having started with a UG & PG in Botany from Holy Cross College, Tiruchirapalli, she further diversified into MPhil from Madras University, blossoming onward into PhD from Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli. At the genesis of her journey with Mount Carmel College, way back in 1991, Dr. Lekha joined the Department of Botany. A teacher first administrator, in her over three-decade association with Mount Carmel, she has taken up multifarious roles and responsibilities. Her two-year tenure as welfare officer saw her mentoring students. She has been a beacon of encouragement to students, showing them the way and leading them, to a brighter future. Moving on, she took up various responsibilities – Dean of Science, Campus Co-ordinator and now – The Principal.
Dr. Lekha continues to contribute actively to the institution in its passion to make students face the future with resilience and optimism. She seeks to focus on building all round capability of each student as it is so very integral to their 360-degree growth, and in turn would be a strong enabler towards creating a societal asset and an empathetic individual.
One of her core driving principle being what Aristotle propagated “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”.
Dr. George Lekha
M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D., NET