St. Xavier's College, Kolkata
Established in 1860 A. D.
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Characteristics

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 nationality!


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.


Medium

The medium of instruction is English. However, candidates coming from vernacular medium schools are offered facilities to improve their skill in spoken English.


Policy

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.


Three Shifts 

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 in 2010-11.

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. more...


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

St. Xavier's 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 Calcutta University.

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.



The Crest Of SXC

The Crest of St. Xavier’s College is modeled on Jassu Crest of the College Patron Saint Francis Xavier’s family. It has been adapted to local surroundings, suggestive of a native flavour of a College in India.

The escutcheon in white and blue contains a tiger and a palm tree, overlooked by a silver crescent moon, which symbolizes the palacio of Xavier. The charge on the Dexter, HIS, bespeaks a College of the Society of Jesus (Iesus Hominum Salvator – Jesus, Savior of Human Family). The checky argent and sable in the base recall the spirit of the Xaverian family.

A garter bearing the words “St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta”, encircles the escutcheon and it is surmounted by a Cross emanating holy rays. A scroll passes underneath inscribed with the words “Nihil Ultra,” (Nothing Beyond”), the motto of the College.

The Crest signifies dignity, courage, quiet gleam and the call of the beyond – the quest persists towards higher endeavour.

 


History

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 BUILDERS: 

The founding Jesuits: 

Frs Depelchin, Lafont, Penaranda, Br. Koppes

The builders of Modern SXC: 
Frs 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 programme
  • 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 the occasion.
  • 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 the college.

Responding to the new challenges (Nihil Ultra):

2012 :

October 12 – 14:
Jesuit Higher Education meeting (JHESA) organized by St. Xavier’s College at Dhyan Ashram.

 

September 11:

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 the occasion.

 

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 efforts.

 

July 2:
As a mark of respect to Gurudeb Rabindranath Tagore on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary, St. Xavier’s opened Bengali (Hon).

 

May 12-14:
SXCCAA – Beyond Boundaries – International convention held at Singapore. Fr. Principal launched the project Lakshya.

 

May 9 – 10:
NAAC Peer Team visited SXC B.Ed department for assessment.

 

February 24:
The SXCCAA Bangladesh chapter inaugurated at Gulsan Club, Dhaka.

 

January 22

5th Convocation and Valedictory Programme: Hon'ble Chief minister, Mamata Banerjee was the Chief Guest.

 

The 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.

 

 

2011 : November
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 years.

Fr. Principal signed a MoU with the School of Social and Media Culture, Torun, Poland during his visit to Poland.

 

 

October

MOU between St. Xavier's and St. Benedict and St. John's University, Minnesota, USA.

 

MOU Between St. Xavier's and University of Namur, Belgium.

 

 

September 28

AJC Bose Road Twin Hostel Foundation Stone - Blessing and laying ceremony.

 

 

January 22
4th 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.

 

 

2010 :

January 17
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. 

January 16
150th Year concluding functions. Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh was the Chief Guest.

 

2009 : February 2
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.

January 21
150th Year (Sesquecentenary) inauguration presided over by Shri Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, Chief Minister of West Bengal

January 17
Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon'ble Minister, External Affairs presided over the 2nd Convocation

January 16
Inauguration of the Jubilee Building and the Central Library

 

2008 : Shri Hamid Ansari, the Vice-President of India and an Alumnus was the Chief Guest at the valedictory  and 1st convocation.

 

2007 : Auditorium renovated, new extension for Bio-Botany lab and classes.

 

2006 : UGC and CU grants AUTONOMY TO SXC, MOU with Bose Inst, B.Com. (Evening) introduced for Girls as well.

 

2005 : SXC is raised to PG teaching center, by Calcutta University granting affiliation for teaching M.Sc. Comp. Sc., extension wing for MCV.

Microbiology Hon., Observatory renovated.

 

2004 : Microbiology (General), MOU with Technable-Ites.

 

2003 : 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.

 

2002 : BBA and Sociology Hon introduced. Fr. Maliyekal took over as Rector

 

2000 : Auditorium renovated, new extension for Bio-Botany lab and classes.

 

1998 : Computer Science (Hon) introduced

 

1997 : Fr. Felix Raj took charge as Vice-principal of B.Com Department

 

1996 : 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

 

1995 :

B.Com. Golden Jubilee. Fr. P.C. Mathew appointed Principal.



Jesuits 
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 undertaking.

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.

- Mothe Teresa


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