Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee at the
convocation of St. Xavier's College
Convocation and Valedictory
January 20, 2012
(By a Staff Reporter):
The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee was the chief
guest for the fifth Convocation and Valedictory 2012 of St.
Xavier's College/Kolkata on January 20. While lauding the
quality education at St. Xavier's, she said, "I will be
delighted td see St. Xavier's as a University. I want Xavier's
on the top". The faculty members and students responded with
thunderous applause. She asked Prof. Suranjan Das, Vice
Chancellor of Calcutta University and Fr. Felix Raj, SJ,
Principal of the College to formally prepare the documents in
this regard and send it to the department of education.
To Fr. Felix Raj's request for more land to set up another
campus, Miss Banerjee said, "Let me look into the matter. I will
go through the files and surely help Xavier's". Mamata connected
well with the students who had gathered to receive their
graduate and post-graduate degrees. "If .St. Xavier's becomes a
university, it will enhance the prestige of Bengal. I want
Xavier's to enter the international arena and become a
world-class university," a smiling Mamata said.
In her speech she expressed her eagerness to .remain associated with the
College, and requested Father Felix Raj for an associate membership of the
College's Alunini/ae Association. Her request was promptly accepted by Father
Principal who officially conferred on her the status of "the first associate
member" of the St. Xavier's College's Aluinm/ae Association.
A total of 1678 students received their degrees from the Vice Chancellor of
the Calcutta University. The Chief Minister advised the students not to forget
Bengal after completing their education. "The world will open up for you, but
you should always remain faithful to Xaverian spirit and help your state reach
greater heights. The Government needs people like you" she said:
She also recounted fond memories of her visit to the College on December 19,
2010, for the Christmas function.
A Xaverian, Sanjiv Goenka, industrialist, and governing body member of the
College received the 'Nihil Ultra Award' for 2012 from the Chief Minister.
The ceremony was professionally planned and beautifully executed, "one
of the best in the last ten years" as some in the audience remarked. Fr. Felix
Raj, the Principal gives the credit to his staffs and students for such a
St. Xavier's College, Kolkata
FIFTH CONVOCATION &
Chief Guest :
Ms. Mamata Banerjee
Hon'ble Chief Minister of West Bengal
Prof. Suranjan Das
Hon'ble Vice Chanchellor,
Friday, 20th January, 2012, 12 Noon