Singapore calling Xavier’s alumni
A STAFF REPORTER
Beyond Boundaries, the international alumni convention of St.
Xavier’s College, Kolkata is headed for Singapore this year with
an agenda of business and bonding.
The Singapore chapter of the alumni association will host the
convention from May 11 to 13. The first edition was held in
Bangkok in 2010.
“Beyond Boundaries has strengthened ties among Xaverians across
the world. We expect an even larger participation this year,”
said Father Felix Raj,SJ the principal of St. Xavier’s College
and president of St. Xavier’s College Calcutta Alumni
The convention will start with a business meet, “Bengal
Calling”, in association with the Singapore Indian Chamber of
Commerce and Industry that will see a government official, a
bureaucrat and an industry leader from Bengal speak to members
of the business community in Singapore.
The principal, Fr. Felix Raj, SJ and the Indian high
commissioner in Singapore, T.C.A. Raghavan will officially
inaugurate the third chapter of Beyond Boundaries on May 12. The
inauguration will be followed by a traditional lion dance.
Also on the cards on Day Two is the Global Xaverian Award
ceremony. The award, instituted last year to honour Xaverians
who have made a name globally, will be given to industrialist
L.N. Mittal this year. Last year’s awardees were former Kolkata
police commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakrabarti, industrialist
Pawan Ruia and Bank Sarasin-Alpen and Alpen Capital CEO and
founder Rohit Walia.
The Beyond Boundaries theme song composed by Xaverian Subhen
Chatterjee will be launched along with the alumni theme composed
by Bickram Ghosh and filmed by Arindam Sil. It will be followed
by a dance performance by actress Jaya Seal Ghosh.
Next up will be a panel discussion with four successful
Xaverians moderated by Abhijit Ghosh, partner, Pricewaterhouse
Coopers, Singapore. Xaverian duo Soumyojit Das and Sourendra
Mullick of You & I, an Indian traditional and modern music
fusion band, will perform on the second evening.
Day Three will begin with a meeting of all alumni chapters. “We
expect members from the London, Bangladesh, Dubai and Bangkok
chapters to be there along with those from Calcutta, Mumbai,
Delhi and Bangalore,” SXCCAA honorary secretary Firdausal Hasan
The event will close with a performance by Usha Uthup, followed
by a jam session with musician and Xaverian Bickram Ghosh. “I
hope this edition will see more participation from our alumni
and that it will open newer avenues for showing loyalty towards
their alma mater,” said Father Felix Raj.
Mamata Allots Land for St. Xavier’s
“ SXC is Bengal’s pride”: Chief Minister
Mamata Banerjee on Friday, April 27, allotted plots in Rajarhat
to St. Xavier’s College to set up its third campuses, playing
“ St. Xavier’s is our pride. We are giving the land St. Xavier’s
had asked for at the minimum possible rate,” the chief minister
said at Writers’ Buildings after a meeting of the cabinet
sub-committee on infrastructure.
St. Xavier’s has been allotted 16 acres in Action Area III, four
acres of which it already owns. The land is opposite the
Rosedale Garden residential project, one of the many works in
progress spread across Rajarhat.
Father Felix Raj, SJ, Principal of St. Xavier’s College, termed
the allotment “a gift” from the chief minister. “She called me
to talk about the land while the cabinet sub-committee meeting
was in progress. She is an honorary Xaverian now and we are
grateful to her and the government,” he said.
Mamata had invited herself to the St. Xavier’s alumni fraternity
at the college convocation on January 20, saying she would be
delighted to “join the Xaverian family” by becoming the
institution’s first honorary member. The principal happily
The chief minister then extended a return invitation to Bengal’s
first autonomous college to become a unitary university like
Presidency. The Principal has appointed a Think Tank consisting
of seven members to go into the preparation of the draft
document of the University.
St. Xavier’s had first petitioned the Trinamul-led government
for land last September, saying it would ideally like a 25-acre
plot. “The government did not have 25 acres of land available
for us in one place. We are very happy with what we have got.
The onus is now on us to start planning how to develop the
plot,” Father Felix Raj said.
The completion target for the third St. Xavier’s campus is three
years. It will house the BBA and MBA courses and postgraduate
departments along with some of the arts courses.
The science courses might be shifted to the St. Xavier’s second
campus off the EM Bypass. The EMMRC now at park circus will be
shifted and a Science research centre will also be started
there”, the principal said.
The college is in the process of adding two new boarding
facilities, one each for girls and boys, and an additional floor
for classes to the Park Street hostel building that presently
houses the boys’ hostel. (Courtesy: The Telegraph).