PANAJI: Padma Shree awardee and renowned educationist Fr Romuald D’Souza passed away on Friday at age 94. He served as the director of XLRI, Jamshedpur, up to 1989. In 1987, he founded the Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, and in 1993 established the Goa Institute of Management (GIM) at Panaji.
The funeral for the Aldona-born educationist was held on Sunday at Porvorim. Fr Romuald was also the brother of former Goa CM Wilfred D’Souza. He was also instrumental in introducing the first health management MBA in the country. Fr Romuald started GIM from a few borrowed classrooms. The institute today at Sakhali is a modern, 50-acre campus. In 2018, GIM completed 25-years of existence.
In August 1993 D’Souza began the institute, offering only a postgraduate degree in business management. There were six faculty members to teach the first batch of 24 students.
–Gauree Malkarnekar, TNN