A Christian Minority Higher Educational Institution, St. Xavier's was founded in 1860 by a Catholic Minority Religious body, the Society of Jesus, and was affiliated to Calcutta University in 1862. While preference is shown to the educational and cultural needs of the Minority community, admission is open to all irrespective of caste, creed and
A Multi-faculty College
St. Xavier's College offers UG and PG courses under five faculties : Arts, Science, Commerce, Business Administration, and
Education. It also offers various professional degree and
diploma courses under Career Oriented Programmes, IGNOU
Convergence Scheme and Computer Centre.
The medium of instruction is English. However, candidates coming from vernacular medium schools are offered facilities to improve their skill in spoken English.
As a Jesuit higher educational institution, St Xavier’s pursues a policy in admission, formation and training, in favour of the poor i.e. socially and financially marginalized including SC / ST / OBC. Financial assistance in terms of scholarships, direct financial assistance, book bank
facility etc are generously offered to deserving and talented
students, irrespective of caste and creed.
The College has three shifts:
I. Morning Session (6am-9:50am)
- B.Com. - for Boys only.
II. Day Session (9am-4:30pm)
- B.A., B.Sc, and B.Ed
- co-educational (for boys & girls).
III. Evening Session (3pm-8pm)
- B.B.A and B.Com. - co-educational (for boys & girls).
St. Xavier's entered the 5th year of Autonomy
What does AUTONOMY mean?
SXC as an Autonomous college, please note, is not a DEEMED TO BE UNIVERSITY and therefore not empowered to offer degrees. It is permitted to formulate its own syllabus, and establish its own evaluation system, i.e. conduct exams and publish the results.
Degree certificates to be issued by Calcutta University
Though the college has been empowered to conduct examinations for its students, the Degree Certificates will be issued by the
Parent University, with the signature of the Vice Chancellor, bearing the name of the College.
Ownership and Administration of
College is owned and managed by the Jesuits of the Calcutta
province of the Society of Jesus. With the registration of
Catholic Mission of West Bengal (also known as Calcutta Province
of the Society of Jesus) under the Societies Registration Act
1961, the ownership of St. Xavier's College was vested with this
said Society from its registration in 1973, and it was
administered by a Governing Body constituted as per statutes of
In May 2005, the Founder Body initiated the registration of a
new Society, in the style and name of St. Xavier's College
Kolkata Educational Trust. The administration and management of
St. Xavier's College is now brought under this Trust with effect
from 1st June 2006, and the day-to-day administration is vested
with a new Governing Body, as per guidelines of the UGC for
Autonomous Colleges with minority character, superseding the
earlier Governing Body.
Controller of Examinations
This department looks after the conducts of examinations,
evaluations, specifying credits etc. The Controller of
Examination is Prof. Albert Cardinal Gomes.
Boards of Studies
Every subject or department has formed its own Board of
Studies as per UGC guidelines. The Board of Studies are
entrusted with the task of formulating / revising the syllabus.
initiating and innovating teaching learning methodologies.
152 Years (1860 - 2012)
A Brief History of the College
A host of seven Belgian Jesuits arrived at Calcutta in
November 1859, under the leadership of Fr. H. Depelchin (Rector: 1860-1871), in the Founding Father of the second St. Xavier's,
They shifted St. Xavier's from Chowringhee to the Sans Souci
Theatre in January 1860, which is now the honest home of learned
professors and zealous students.
With one hundred and fifty two years of service to the
nation, St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, has grown today into a
leading educational institution in India. Both St. Xavier's
School and College are proud of their contribution to the cause
of education and culture in Bengal for 151 years. These twin
institutions have produced many great educationists and students
who earned regard and respect for their Alma Mater.
Fr. E. Lafont was appointed Rector in October 1871, He was a
gifted teacher of physics. The terrible cyclone of November 1864
proved the begging of his fame. The catastrophe might have been
much greater, had not Fr. Lafont signaled the timely warning.
It was Fr. O'Neill (Rector: 1904-1913) who gave the College
its crest and the motto: Nihil Ultra, a motto,
significant and suggestive of a noble ideal, of an unconquerable
hope, that urges the Xaverian to a consistent quest for the
higher. The motto of the young Xaverian is the old maxim : "
Perfectum nihil est, aliqiriddum restat agentiim" (Nothing
is Perfect as long as anything remains to be done).
The tiny seed has grown into a mighty tree. In the year of
its centenary (1960), St. Xavier's had on its rolls 3503
students. It has, now 50 years later, 7, 106 students of whom 2,
162 are in the school and 4,944 in the college. A total teaching
stuff of 213 is educating them. The school section, starting
from the Primary, leads up to the ISC Final Examination. The College
offers UG and PG Courses under five faculties : Arts, Science,
Commerce, Business Administration and Education.
The society of Jesus, a Christian Religious Order founded by
Saint Ignatius of Loyola in 1540, runs St. Xavier's College. It
is one of the 24 University Colleges run by the Jesuits in
India. The Jesuit College aims at forming young men and women of
competence, commitment, compassion and conscience. St. Xavier's
College thus aims at making its own contribution towards a
transformation of the present-day social condition so that
principals of social justice, equality of opportunity, genuine
freedom and respect for religious and moral values, enshrined in
the Constitution of India, may prevail, and the possibility of
living a fully human existence may be open before all.
St. Francis Xavier is the Patron of St. Xavier's College.
There is not an educated Indian who has not heard the name of
Francis Xavier. It is to India that Ignatius of Loyola, the
Founder of the Society of Jesus, sent his greatest son, Francis
Xavier in 1542. Xavier was a zealous "missionary on the move".
He sailed to Malacca and Japan in 1549 where he spent two and a
half years. In April 1552 he set sail to China via Malacca from
Goa, never to return alive. He died at Sancian, a small island
facing china, on 2 December 1552. Wherever he went, he plunged
himself into charitable and pastoral work preaching the message
of God's love to people. He worked in India for 10 years from
1542 to 1552, called the Xaverian decade.
The list of the old students of St. Xavier's includes many
scientists, actors, film makers, poets and industrialists in Bengal.
It can boast of some of its pupils who became international figures of repute: Rabindranath Tagore and Jagadish Chandra
Bose. While Tagore was impressed by the relationship between
teachers and students at St. Xavier's, Bose found encouragement
for his introduction to science in the person of Fr. Lafont, who
was called "the father of science" in India. Three chief
ministers of Bengal - H. S. Suhrawarby, Siddhartha Shankar Ray
and Jyoti Basu passed through the portals of St. Xavier's. You
will invariable come, across, in any important office in Kolkata,
a Xaverian who has excelled in his field.
St. Xavier's has always been known for his cosmopolitan and
national character. Much before the expression "national
integration" gained currency, St. Xavier's had tried to foster
among its students the spirit and practice of it. Coming as they
do from all over India and from various communities, they live
in complete harmony, understanding and mutual respect. Thus they
are encouraged to develop beyond local and group affinities,
loyalties to the country and the society at large.
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC)
recognized St. Xavier College as an "A" grade institution in
2003. In May 2006, it was declared a Centre with Potential for
Excellence by the UGC. From July 2006, it became an autonomous
college (the first in West Bengal).
St. Xavier's has over these 151 years remained steadfast and
persevered in the midst of troubles and anxieties. Now with all
the richness of the past, it embraces the future with the same
spirit- "Nihil Ultra" (Nothing beyond).
The founding Jesuits:
Frs Depelchin, Lafont, Penaranda,
The builders of Modern SXC:
Roelland, Lallemand, Johanns, Dandoy, Cardinal Piccachy, Schepers, Joris, Goreaux, Joseph D’Souza, Beckers
(gone for their reward),
and Huart (still alive).
ACADEMIC HISTORY: 1860 to 2012
- Started as a pure arts college 1860, soon science teaching was introduced
- 1862: affiliated to Calcutta University in 1862
- 1869: Acharya J.C. Bose joined St. Xavier's
- 1931: Rabindranath Tagore presided over a fund raising
- 1946: B.Com was introduced
- 1948: AICUF was started
- 1949: NCC was established
- 1952: Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru visited the college
on 1st January
- 1955:B.Ed (BT) was introduced
- 1960: St. Xavier's Centenary celebrated
- 1966: NSS was started
- In 1976 the college opens to girls in all departments except B.Com.
- Values added: Computer Centre in 1985, EMRC in 1988, Accredited to
DOEACC to conduct its courses, accredited to IGNOU.
- From 1977: HS courses offered, later phased out from 2001.
- 1985: 125th Year of St. Xavier's service celebrated. The
then President Hon'ble Giani Zail Singh had graced
- 1985: Founding of St. Xavier's Computer Centre and St.
Xavier's College, Calcutta Alumni Association.
- 1986: His Holiness Pope John Paul visited the city and
Responding to the new challenges (Nihil Ultra):
October 12 – 14:
Jesuit Higher Education meeting (JHESA) organized by
St. Xavier’s College at Dhyan Ashram.
Fr. Felix Raj’s book: Disinvestment in India relased
by the Governor, M. K. Narayanan.
September 4 – 19:
First Refreshers’ course in Physics organized at St.
Xavier’s by the Physics department.
August 4 – 5:
Bengali drama, Aajir staged at the auditorium to usher
in Bengali (Hon). Hon’ble Ministers, Bratya Basu and
Madan Mitra and WBHEC chairperson, Sugata Marji graced
6 – 15:
Fr. Principal visited the USA. USA chapter of SXCCAA
launched at Los Vegas.
MoU signed with Santa Clara University. Fr. Principal
visited Notre Dame University for collaborative
As a mark of respect to Gurudeb Rabindranath Tagore on
the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary, St.
Xavier’s opened Bengali (Hon).
SXCCAA – Beyond Boundaries – International convention
held at Singapore. Fr. Principal launched the project
May 9 – 10:
NAAC Peer Team visited SXC B.Ed department for
The SXCCAA Bangladesh chapter inaugurated at Gulsan
Convocation and Valedictory Programme: Hon'ble Chief
minister, Mamata Banerjee was the Chief Guest.
Nihil Ultra award was given to alumnus cum
industrialist, Sanjiv Goenka. 1,678
students (UG, PG and B.Ed.) received their degrees
from the Hon'ble Vice Chancellor, Prof. Suranjan Das.
NAAC Peer Team visited St. Xavier’s for assessment on
November 15 - 16. St. Xavier’s awarded CGPA of 3.53 on
a four-point scale with A Grade for a period of five
Fr. Principal signed a MoU with the School of Social
and Media Culture, Torun, Poland during his visit to
between St. Xavier's and St. Benedict and St. John's
University, Minnesota, USA.
Between St. Xavier's and University of Namur, Belgium.
Bose Road Twin Hostel Foundation Stone - Blessing and
Convocation held. His Excellency, M.K. Narayanan,
Governor of West Bengal was the Chief Guest. A total of
1415 students graduated. Nihil Ultra award given to
Prof. M.M. Rahman.
3rd Convocation, Shri P. Chidambaram, Hon'ble Home
Minister graced the occasion. Nihil Ultra award given to
Fr. P.C. Mathew.
BMM (4 years
course) and M.Sc. Microbiology were introduced.
150th Year concluding functions. Prime Minister of
India, Dr. Manmohan Singh was the Chief Guest.
Fr. Felix Raj appointed the Principal of the college;
Frs Dominic Savio and Jimmy Keepuram appointed
Vice-principals of B.Com (Morning) and Arts/Science
departments respectively; Prof. Swati Sarkar appointed
Dean of B.Ed. department and Prof. Albert Gomes
appointed the Controller of Examinations.
150th Year (Sesquecentenary) inauguration presided
over by Shri Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, Chief Minister of
Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon'ble Minister, External
Affairs presided over the 2nd Convocation
Inauguration of the Jubilee Building and the Central
||Shri Hamid Ansari, the
Vice-President of India and an Alumnus was the Chief
Guest at the valedictory and 1st convocation.
||Auditorium renovated, new
extension for Bio-Botany lab and classes.
||UGC and CU grants AUTONOMY
TO SXC, MOU with Bose Inst, B.Com. (Evening) introduced
for Girls as well.
||SXC is raised to PG
teaching center, by Calcutta University granting
affiliation for teaching M.Sc. Comp. Sc., extension wing
||Microbiology (General), MOU
||Journalism (Gen), also NAAC
accreditation (A Grade), and EDC granted by DST, a first
for a UG non-technical college, MOU with Cal-Ad Club
International Jesuit Alumni
meet held at St. Xavier's. The President of India,
Hon'ble Dr. Abul Kalam graced the occasion.
||BBA and Sociology Hon
introduced. Fr. Maliyekal took over as Rector
||Auditorium renovated, new
extension for Bio-Botany lab and classes.
Computer Science (Hon)
||Fr. Felix Raj took charge
as Vice-principal of B.Com Department
The need was felt for
responding to the challenges emerging from
globalization. To make higher education more relevant
and meaningful, many departments were opened - MCV
Major, Statistics (Hon), and Film Studies (general).
Fr. Felix Raj took over as
Rector of college
Jubilee. Fr. P.C. Mathew appointed Principal.
and Education in India
The Society of Jesus, a Christian Religious Order founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in 1540, has been active in the field of education throughout the world since its origin. In the world, the Jesuits
are responsible for 3,897 Educational Institutions in 90 countries. These Jesuit Educational Institutions engage the efforts of approximately
1,34,303 teachers, educating approximately 29,28,806 students.
In India The Society of Jesus
has founded 118 Primary & Middle Schools, 149 High Schools, 41
University Colleges, 22 Technical Institutes and 11 Business
Administrations Institutes with 11,225 teachers, educating
3,24,538 students, belonging to every social class, community
and linguistic group. This Institutions are part of the Catholic
Church's effort to share in the country's educational
The Jesuit College aims at
the integral, personal formation of youth, to accomplish this,
special efforts are made:
To help the students to
become mature, spiritually-oriented men and women of character;
To encourage them
continuously to strive after excellence in every fields;
To value and
judiciously use their freedom;
To be clear and firm on
principals and courageous in action;
To be unselfish in the
service of their fellowmen; and
To become agents of
needed social change in their country.
The Jesuit College thus
aims at making its own contribution towards a transformation of
the present-day social condition so that principles of social
justice, equality of opportunity, genuine freedom, and respect
for religious and moral values, enshrined in the constitution of
India, may prevail, and the possibility of living a fully human
existence may be available to all.
Jesuit Education Association of India
Since we are all
children of God, we must help each other to grow in holiness.