Our Institutions
Until 1980 the youth of Shirva had to go to other towns to continue studies in the field of higher education. Considering the local needs, the Catholic Board of Education, Mangalore set up St. Mary’s College, Shirva in 1980. (Ref. Karnataka G.O. No. ED 89 UPC 80, Bangalore dated 15 th July 1980) The Mangalore University, after formalities, accorded affiliation as per university order No. MUN/ACC/AFF/4/80-81 dated 02-12-1981.
The College was under temporary affiliation from 1980-81 to 1990-91 and later was granted permanent affiliation in 1991-92 as per No. MUN/ACC/AFF/DI/12/91-92 dated 21-01-92. (Ref. Karnataka GO No. ED 48 UDK 91 dated 19-12-1991.)
The College was started in 1980 with the Karnataka Government’s stipulation that the management has to run it for 3 years without grants. Subsequently this order was amended requiring the College administration to maintain it for 5 years on its own. However, it was admitted to grant-in-aid as per GO No. ED/ 96 UPC 86, Bangalore dated 15 th July 1986. Grant-in-aid is the lifeline of a rural academic institution like St. Mary’s College, Shirva. Being villagers most of the parents have limited monthly financial standing. They can’t pay a hefty amount as fees. The Karnataka Government’s talk of higher education being unproductive must be viewed in this context. Lack of grant-in-aid will make higher education very dear to minorities and other socially disadvantaged communities. A majority of rural population will never be exposed to the bright light of advanced information if the Government goes ahead with its “unproductive sector” theory and stops grants.
The College management has invested Rs.55 lacs. approximately in buildings and about Rs. 16 lacs. in other infrastructure. The two–storeyed building touches upon the Udupi-Kaup-Shirva-Karkala Road on the South and Udupi– Shankerpura–Shirva–Karkala Road on the North. It has a 10,000 litre overhead water tank, the supply to which is ensured by an open well. The College is equipped with a comparatively spacious library, a 1000 – seater auditorium, a Conference Hall, a Prayer Hall and a 200 – seater mini audio–visual room.
The credit of setting up the infrastructure of the College goes to erstwhile Correspondents of the College assisted by a Managing Committee representing resident population. The institution was founded by Very Rev. Fr. Aloysius Rosario. The edifice of the College was set up by succeeding Correspondents Very Rev. Fr. Sylvester D’Souza and Very Rev. Fr. Lawrence Gomes. The responsibility is presently shouldered by Very Rev. Fr. Valerian Pinto.