Center for Sports and Management Studies (CS&MS) is an academic initiative by its founder Mr. Enrico Piperno, the Mother Teresa Awardee for Excellence in Sports & Culture; Guru Kriya Samman Awardee; and the Dilip Bose Lifetime Achievement Awardee. The mentor par excellence was the Coach of the Indian Davis Cup and Fed Cup Team and the coach of the Indian Women’s’ Team for Commonwealth & Asian Games. Mr. Enrico Piperno’s commitment and concern to introduce professionalism in sports seeds the germination of the Center for Sports and Management Studies (CS&MS) in 2017.
The strong philosophy of Enrico Piperno Tennis Trust (http://enricotenniscentre.com/) towards the Young India has percolated to the working commitment for Sports Management Program offered by CS&MS Trust. The Enrico Piperno Tennis Trust right from its inception on February 24, 2012 has contributed greatly to the World of Tennis including the scouting the talent, providing free training to talented players, facilitating overseas training, and conducting annual AITA and BTA Tournaments. A few notable Junior players like Sanil Jagtiani, Parikshit Somani, Ishaque Eqbal and Yubarani Banerjee are from the Trust
The philosophy of Enrico Piperno Tennis Trust – to make Sports and Sports Management Education reach Young India, Improve Confidence, Increase Social Interaction, Enhance academic performance especially critical thinking and problem solving; and, A platform at an early age for talented students to pursue a sport of their choice; forms the basic ideologies for the Sports Management Program designed by the CS&MS Trust
The USP of a sports management course is that it enables a player or a fan who has a passion for sports, to make a career and profession out of his passion. It gives everyone, even those who do not have the talent to make it to elite level sports teams, a chance to be a part of the exciting and exhilarating atmosphere and ambience of an elite sports event or team, and experience things that only a very select, exceptionally talented band of athletes would normally have access to! What could be better than being given the opportunity to live out your dream and be paid for it too!
A Bishop’s dream and a Maharaja’s munificence culminated in the establishment of St. Philomena’s College on October 9, 1946. His Excellency, Rt. Rev. Dr. Rene Feuga, the first Bishop of Mysore vacated his mansion to make room for classes. The Wodeyars, of the Mysore Royal family encouraged the Diocese in its maiden venture into higher education.
The College was declared open by His Highness Sri Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar, the Maharaja of Mysore, a rare honour and privilege for any institution.
It was history in the making in more ways than one and the first group of 380 Philomenites was aware of it. They knew that they were stepping into the very first Private First Grade College in the Royal City, affiliated to the University of Mysore. Even more importantly, St. Philomena’s was the first private Degree Science College in the erstwhile Mysore Region
Before its foundation, the college received its motto from His Holiness, the Pope. The Holy Father chose the maxim “Caritas vestra magis ac magis abundet in scientia” May your love grow richer in knowledge. The first and last word of the quotation“Caritas in Scientia”became the motto of the college.
All through her fledgling years, the college’s future was shaped by teachers of outstanding caliber, among them the doyen of the Modern Movement in Kannada poetry, Prof. Gopalakrishna Adiga and the renowned space scientist and former Chairman of ISRO, Prof. U.R. Rao and a host of other great pioneering Principals and teachers.
Now, 72 years later, the student strength has multiplied manifold, new buildings have been constructed and courses and infrastructure has proliferated. Each year, St. Philomena’s college re-invents itself to adjust to the needs of a fast changing world, harmonizing the new with the old. Old blocks, new blocks, the process continues, adding to the diversity of the campus. Traditional courses co-exist with the newer, more challenging and contemporary courses such as Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Electronics, Computer Science, Social Work, Communication and Journalism, UGC sponsored vocational course in Functional English, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA), Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management(BTHM) and UGC Add-On courses in Biotechnology, Industrial Chemistry, Electric and Electronic Equipment Maintenance and Computer Networking.
St. Philomena’s is verily a global village with students from 19 different states of India and 32 countries of the world. In spite of a very varied cultural, religious and racial composition on the college campus, the students and the members of the staff feel at home.
The college became autonomous in 2011. It has been declared by the UGC as a College of Excellence with effect from April 1, 2015, a rare privilege for any college, with only 14 colleges in India and only three in Karnataka. The “NAAC”assessed and accredited St. Philomena’s college with A+ in the first cycle and A with 3.58 CGPA on a four point scale in the second cycle.
As the college races past all these milestones in history with many signposts standing out along the way, it is gearing itself to become a University in the near future.