Association of Chhattisgarh Christian Educational Societies (ACCES) formed

Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius MetropolitanFr. Joshi Varghese
Raipur :  In order to create a common platform for all Christian Educational Institutions in the state, all the Churches which are managing Educational Institutions have formed Association of Chhattisgarh Christian Educational Societies (ACCES). The move will bring all Christian Educational Institutions under one umbrella and function as an apex body of the Christian Minority Institutions. The registered office of ACCES shall be at Bishop Philip Ekka Pastoral Centre, Byron Bazaar, Raipur. The Association shall also function as an advisory consultative body to all Christian member institutions so as to promote research activities and conduct studies and investigate further educational facilities ACCES shall unite these institutions to safeguard their character and constitutional rights. Christian institutions and Churches are targeted often, mainly by fringe elements and these incidents are on a rise. In this wake the formation of the new Association assumes significance.

Arch Bishop H.E. Dr. Victor Henry Thakur (Raipur Catholic Arch Diocese) heads the Association as its President along with Vice President  H.G. Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius Metropolitan (Malanakara Orthodox Syrian Church). Fr. Joshi Varghese (Secretary, St. Thomas Mission Bhilai & Diocesan Education Officer) has been chosen as the Secretary, Mr. Ajay Dharamraj (Diocesan Secretary, CNI Raipur) as Treasurer and Dr. P.K. Martin (Menonite Education Board, Dhamthari) as Joint Secretary.