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Father meets SXC Alumni in Europe.
Luxembourg: On Saturday, May 3rd, Fr. Felix Raj, SJ, Principal of St.
Xavier's College, met with the Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich, SJ of the
Catholic Archdiocese of Luxembourg. Most Rev. Hollerich congratulated Fr.
Raj for setting up an Europe chapter of the St. Xavier's College Calcutta
Alumni and offered him all possible assistance towards the
successful functioning of the init in Europe. The Archbishop who taught
for many years at Sophia University, Tokyo, before appointed as Archbishop,
also promised help in the international collaboration between SXCK and the
University of Luxembourg. " The office of the Sophia University at
Luxembourg could be made available for SXCK", he added.
On the same evening, Father Felix Raj met up with the alumni of the
College to formally announce the formation of Europe unit at hotel
Confucius and presented the SXC Vision 2020 of the College. The announcement
meeting was attended by the special invitees, Mrs & Mr Christian
Descoups, Secretaire general chez Archeveche de Luxembourg. Notably
the Chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, Mr. Laxmi N. Mittal, a Xaverian, is
the largest private employer of Luxembourg with more than 5000 employees.
The alumni of the college who attended the function included
Vijay Goyal, CFO ArcelorMittal Europe, Augustine Kochuparampil,
CEO, ArcelorMittal Europe -Long Products Sapna Arora, Global
Corporate Manager of ArcelorMittal University, Deepak Goenka,
Manager Finance, Head of Finance, ArcelorMittal Europe-Long
Products, Aditya Sharma, Director EU Energy Markets, RSRL and
Board Member Indian Business Chamber of Luxembourg and Smriti
Goyal, alumna of SXC. Aditya Sharma was selected to be the
General Secretary of Europe unit.
Earlier during the day, Father Felix Raj met up with the
President of Indian Chamber of Luxembourg, Sudhir Kohli and
discussed initiatives for facilitating collaboration covering
Education and Trade relations. Father also explored
possibilities of academic collaboration with the University of
Luxembourg. Fr. Raj also briefed the Jesuits at Luxembourg about
the progress at SXCK. After Luxembourg, Fr. Felix Raj has
proceeded to Cologne, Germany to present the SXC Vision 2020 to
Aditya Sharma in Luxembourg
Xaverians in Australia:
Xaverians in Australia are getting ready for a global
convention of Xaverians in Melbourne on October 10 and 11, 2014.
For more details, you may contact: Rana Pratap Nag firstname.lastname@example.org or
Room 5 in the College.
St. Xavier’s College (Calcutta) Alumni Association (SXCCAA)
This is no doubt, an auspicious year for all of us as we are celebrating 150
years of our Alma Mater as well as 25 years of our Alumni Association.
We are fortunate that our Alma Mater has been involving its alumni/ae in many
of the programmes of the College. The joint effort of the Jesuit priests,
professors, non teaching staff and the past and present students, has resulted
in a new model of collaboration.
At St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, entrants remain as students for a limited
time but continue to be associated with the college for the rest of their lives
as alumni/ae. They are reminded of their duty and commitment to society as “Men
and Women for Others”, which is the motto of the Jesuit Alumni/ae as well as an
essential orientation of the Jesuits. They are also reminded of their
responsibility towards the marginalized and the underprivileged of society. This
gives them a platform for engaging themselves in the process of development of
society as well as an opportunity to meet their old friends and make new ones
when they gather together for the alumni movement. Working in the Alumni they
also get an opportunity to repay their debt to their Alma Mater.
Starting from the 150 Years celebrations of our Alma Mater to the
celebrations of 150 years of the Bengal Mission, the SXCCAA has played an active
role. The presence of the SXCCAA has also been felt in other regular programmes
like the Fr. Joe D’Souza Staff vs. Alumni Cricket Match and the Fr. Joris Nihil
Ultra Debate. Efforts are also on to organize career fairs and book fairs for
the students. SXCCAA also plays an important role in the organisation of Xavotsav. The SXCCAA has always supported the students of St. Xavier’s College
in their co curricular projects. The Alumni/ae has also paid their heart felt
tribute to former teachers like Rev. Fr. Gerard (Babu) Beckers, S.J. and Prof.
Ram Krishna Ghosh.
The SXCCAA is a very important part of the National body as well as the World
Congress of the Jesuit Alumni. The SXCCAA delegation was the largest contingent
in the recently concluded Jesuit Alumni Congress, held in Bujumbura, Burundi.
One of the major areas of the work SXCCAA undertakes is philanthropy. The
Association has come forward to help the Aila affected people and has been
rendering much needed assistance for sustainable development in the village of
Bholakhali in North 24-Parganas in collaboration with the Department of
Social Work and NSS of the College.
With the encouragement given by the Jesuit priests, professors, students and
staff, the Alumni/ae are poised for further participation in the activities of
the college. We hope and pray that our Alma Mater will be able to reach greater
heights in the days to come. It will continue to be guided by the spirit of
“Nihil Ultra” (Nothing Beyond). The association will play a very constructive
and collaborative role not only in St. Xavier’s College but for society at
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