KARNATAKA INSTITUTE OF COMMERCE & BALMATTA INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE AND VOCATIONAL STUDIES
As part of the educational activities of the Karnataka Christian Education Society, facilities for commercial education were made available by the opening of the Karnataka Institute of Commerce on 2nd October 1972 by Mrs. E. Maurer with provision for instruction in Shorthand and Typewriting as prime subjects.
In April 1973 consideration was given by the then Secretary of KACES Rev. Dr. C. D. Jathanna with the guidance of the then Principal of KIC Mr. O.B. Salins to introduce full-time one year Secretarial (Private Secretary) training which offered, in addition to Shorthand and Typewriting, instruction in Secretarial duties, Office practice and procedure, English and Principles of accounts. The syllabus covers the requirements of the Government of Karnataka for their diploma in stenography.
The training further includes lectures in personal grooming, speech training, social etiquette and mannerisms. Personalities in a particular field of education or business are also invited to give a talk on their specialized subjects for the benefit of the students.
Arrangements were also on hand to provide training for those students with a special aptitude and keen desire to be teachers to attempt the joint Examining Board examination for a Teachers Diploma in Pitman Shorthand or Typewriting. Thus two students were trained to be teachers and later became Principal in this esteemed Institute.
A training covering so many subjects and practical instruction in one unit is a unique venture not only peculiar to South Kanara where there was no opportunity for such studies before but to the state and country as a whole.
Emphasis is laid on the practical aspects of an office situation and the students are trained to enter an office with specialized knowledge of the duties they are expected to perform instead of receiving this training at the expense of office time, effort and money in their respective establishments. As a means to consolidate further their practical background and an insight into the working of an office, the administrative set up and general management, periodical excursions to areas of educational and practical interest are arranged, in addition to visit to offices and business establishments.
Aims and Objectives :
- To make available secretarial training to all without discrimination of caste or creed at a fairly reasonable fees.
- To inculcate in them a feeling of togetherness and brotherhood.
- To give them personality development and leadership training to face the challenging world.
- Job placement for successful students.
- The course has been structured to help those who are unemployed as candidates who do not possess degree level education could go in for diploma courses in the subjects and choose career courses of their choice.
Later under the guidance of Rev. Dr. C.L. Furtado the Balmatta Computer Centre was inaugurated on the 24th September 1987. The Jeevanmithra Kutumbabhivridhi Kendra of C.C.F had collaborated with us in this programme and had given the management a substantial grant of Rs. 75,000/-. In return we had agreed to train 35 of their sponsored candidates over a period of five years, which we were able to fulfill successfully. The Educational Fund, Kassel also gave us a grant of Rs. 23,400/- for this project. With the help of liberal donors, the management was able to install 2 PC Computers, 1 Printer, 1 Server controlled voltage stabilizer and an air conditioner. From that year onwards our Secretarial students received basic computer training as part of their Secretarial Course.
Further Computer Centre was modernized by the strenuous effort of the Secretary Rev. Dr. J. S. Sadananda and generous donation of EED of Germany. A well-equipped air conditioned Computer Lab with 16 computers, dot matrix and laser printer and scanning machine was inaugurated on 8th October 2004 by Mr. K. Abhayachandra Jain, MLA and chief whip of the Government of Karnataka. Internet facility was also introduced.
A six months course in written and Spoken English Course is also arranged to aspiring candidate either employed or seeking employment at their convenient timings. Special batch in Spoken English is also arranged for Kannada medium students.
The Karnataka Institute of Commerce has well-equipped and spacious class-rooms, and an excellent library, a competent staff and, on comparison, stands out very prominently in the training of personal secretaries/ computer operators.
It is a pleasure to state that after completion most of them are placed in good companies in India and abroad. The Institute assists in job placement as required by office. We have regular requests for secretaries from esteemed companies.
Details of the Staff :
The following personalities served as Principal and Honorary Directors at KIC/BILVS
1. Mr. O. B. Salins - 1972 – 79
2. Mr. D’ Cunha - 1979 – 80
3. Miss Zita Pais - 1980 – 82
4. Miss Joseph Maben - 1982 – 83
5. Mr. Eric Maben - 1983 – 87
6. Mrs. Vathsala Phinehas - 1987 -2013
7.. Rev. Sandeep Theophil - 2013- Till date