THE AGNEL MOVEMENT
A vision to foster love and understanding among the various communities in India and also to contribute to development and self-reliance through education, turned into a reality when on the 9th of June 1957, the Fr. Agnel Ashram was established at Lands’ End Bandra in Mumbai. Under the inspiration and guidance of the founder Fr. C. Rodrigues and a dedicated few, the movement started with an orphanage and a trade school in carpentry. Today this movement has grown from a humble beginning to a universal family. Under the guidance of Agnel Ashram Fathers, it caters to full-fledged schools, industrial training centers, polytechnics, engineering colleges at the bachelor and post graduate levels and a School of Management and has spread its wings with large technical complexes at Bandra in Mumbai, Verna in Goa, New Delhi, Noida, Ambernath, Vashi in Navi Mumbai and in Pune.
The Movement believes in the truth that the school is an extension of “home sweet home” and today this large Agnel Ashram Family comprises of over 50,000 students. Steadily adding to this number are their parents, siblings, close family members and friends. Thus emerges, a large house of over 1,00,00,000 committed countrymen of India, who not only nurture a healthy feeling of love and pride for our Motherland, but also experience the joy of being an unique element of VASUDHAIVA KUTUMBAKAM. The Agnel Technical College started in 1969 with a course in Diploma in Production Engineering at Bandra in Mumbai. From Mumbai, Fr. Agnel Ashram under the request from the Government of keeping in mind, the ever growing demand for technical expertise in the industrial sector, the Ashram Fathers opened another branch in the industrial and financial capital of the country, located at Vashi, Navi Mumbai. The complex started with schools in English and Marathi medium in the year 1982 and started building a Technical Complex in the year 1983. Though on the 22nd of June 1984 the Agnel Ashram fraternity lost its visionary and founder, Fr. C. Rodrigues, he had left behind a vibrant movement. Besides the schools and junior college, this complex now houses the Agnel Polytechnic, Fr. C. Rodrigues institute of Technology (Engineering College) and the Fr. C. Rodrigues institute of Management studies, which started in the academic year 2001-2002. In the year 1985-86, Agnel Ashram Fathers, a group of Catholic Priests and Brothers along with some well educated, dedicated, zealous and highly professional coworkers started Agnel Community Polytechnics. This project was sponsored by the ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India for the purpose of upliftment of the downtrodden rural population. Today, these community polytechnics train around 1000 students a year. In June 2000 an Agnel Ashram Institute was started in greater Noida (near New Delhi) and in September 2000 the foundation of yet another Agnel Ashram institute was laid in Pune. A third center in the suburbs of the industrial and financial capital was opened at Ambernath in the year 2001 and in order to provide value addition to the students, a Business School was added at the Vashi complex in the same year. Thus, starting with the preschool level this movement seeks to touch the lives of students, right up to graduation and post-graduation levels, in such a way that every student entrusted to the care of Agnel Ashram Fathers’ Institution grows in to a balanced, versatile and courageous individual who has the physical, emotional and spiritual strength to face the challenges of life.