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Power lessons from an old boy

Kolkata, Friday, July 7, 2017

 

CHANDREYEE CHATTERJEE July 7: He flew down from London to witness his alma mater spread its wings. The inauguration ceremony of St.Xavier's University in Rajarhat wrapped up, industrialist L. N. Mittal interacted with Xaverians past and present.

Metro attended the session in an amphitheatre-style classroom in the academic block, named The Lakshmi and Usha Mittal Foundation Building in acknowledgement of the generous donation for the wing. Excerpts:

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Source : The Telegraph (Kolkata) : Friday, July 7, 2017 

Success: past, present & future

Kolkata, Friday, July 7, 2017

 

OUR BUREAU Thursday, July 7, 2017: The seeds of Lakshmi Niwas Mittal's success as a steel baron were probably sown during his days as a student of St. Xavier's College, Calcutta.

The chairman and chief executive officer of Arcelor- Mittal acknowledged the contribution of his alma mater at the inauguration of St. Xavier's University in Rajarhat today.

"I have always seen opportunity in challenge and that started at St. Xavier's. The education that I got also taught me to take bold decisions," said Mittal, who left India in 1976 with a few trusted lieutenants to set up a steel mill in Indonesia, much before globalisation became a buzzword among India Inc.

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Source : The Telegraph (Kolkata) : Friday, July 7, 2017 

In a first, St Xavier's goes cashless on all campuses

Kolkata, Monday, May 15, 2017

KOLKATA: Keeping pace with the times, all the campuses of St Xavier's College (autonomous) across the city are set to go cashless, with virtual payment becoming the rule on all the premises on Park Street, Raghabpur, E M Bypass and at St Lawrence, where some of its classes are held.

First among any educational institute in the city to take the step, even St Xavier's University, coming up in New Town, won't accept cash once classes begin there in July.

An Indian payment and commerce company will develop the mechanism for digital transactions transactions to usher in transparency in the system and make the campuses student friendly ,a game changer. "No cash transaction will be allowed, no receipt will be issued on the campuses. Right from submitting admission forms to receiving final certificates, only virtual payment will be accepted," said principal Fr Felix Raj. In fact, they have already started accepting application fees and admis sion fees online. "All enrolled students will be issued pre-paid cards, which will be the only mode of payment for all activities on the campuses. They will have to re-charge the cards." The authorities will also put up swipe devices at offices and canteens."Even for students travelling outside the state or going abroad to represent the institute in competitions will be given debit cards and the institute will replenish them," Fr Raj added.

The college authorities pointed out the step was to make the campuses student friendly. "At a time the country is headed for a cashless target, we thought it was the best time to introduce the mechanism. Pre-paid cards are easy to use," Fr Raj said. "We were graded A++ by NAAC, we have always remained a game changer and ahead of many in offering students a better academic environment and advanced facilities."

Even St Xavier's College Calcutta Alumni Association (SXCCAA) alumni association has decided to go cashless. "We have informed all our members and associates that we will only use plastic money," said Firdausul Hasan, SXCCAA secretary. 

Source : The Times of India (Kolkata) : Monday, May 15, 2017 

Xavier's varsity gets vice-chancellor

Calcutta, Thursday, February 16, 2017


Feb. 15:
Father Felix Raj, the principal of St. Xavier's College, will be the first vice-chancellor of St. Xavier's University.

"As vice-chancellor, my first task will be to form the governing board of the university, which will consist of 36 members," Felix Raj said, adding that he would take over the reins of the Rajarhat university with "immediate effect".

Father Jeyaraj Veluswamy, the chancellor of the university who appointed Felix Raj as VC, also appointed professor Ashis Mitra as registrar.

The bill for setting up the university, which will be operational by the first week of July, was unanimously passed by the Assembly on December 15. Governor K.N. Tripathi gave his consent to the bill on January 16, which was followed by a notification of the legislation by the government on February 8.

The governing board, which will include a state government nominee and a UGC representative, will meet for the first time on the university campus on April 28.

"St. Xavier's College, which gave birth to the university, kept its quality for 157 years and has become the number one college in India. The university will emulate that. It will in no way compromise on quality," Felix Raj told Metro.


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Source : The Telegraph (Calcutta) : Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 

A+ + Xavier's seals status of best in Bengal

Calcutta, Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Jan. 24: St. Xavier's College has become the first in Bengal and only the third college in the country to earn the highest grade of A++ in the new eight-point evaluation scale of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

The 157-year-old institute run by Jesuits scored a cumulative grade point average of 3.77 out of 4, the highest among the three institutes to be awarded the top A++ grade so far.

St. Joseph's College Devagiri, Kozhikode, and Cotton College, Guwahati, are the other two institutes in the A++ league with an average of 3.76 each, a senior NAAC official said.


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Source : The Telegraph (Calcutta) : Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017 

Santa Mamata at Xavier's

Calcutta, Saturday, December 24, 2016

Father Felix Raj, principal of St. Xavier's College, chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Archbishop Thomas D'Souza at the St. Xavier's College Christmas meet. (Pradip Sanyal)

Dec. 23: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee once again played Santa Claus to St. Xavier's College, promising an annual funding of Rs 7 crore to the just-born St. Xavier's University at the college's annual Christmas meet this evening.

"Our congratulations to the institution and Father Felix Raj for the new university. The foundation stone has already been laid and a lot of money has been spent to get it going. It is a very big project. I was asking Felix Raj how much is spent on salaries of the teaching and non-teaching staff," Mamata said.

She then announced with a magician-like flourish: "I can give you a little something. On behalf of our government, we would like to announce that we will give Rs 7 crore annually for the pay package."

A regular guest at the Christmas meet hosted by the St. Xavier's College Calcutta Alumni Association, Mamata had donned Santa's hat a few years ago when she handed over a formal letter allocating 16.4 acres in Rajarhat for St. Xavier's University during the 2012 Christmas meet.

Principal Father Felix Raj thanked the chief minister and the state government. "This sanction is a test, a challenge to all of us.... We consider this gesture a Christmas gift to St. Xavier's and we pledge to honour it and raise it to the greater glory of god and to the welfare of our state of Bengal," he said.

Mamata's Christmas benevolence extended to the Jesuit Province of Calcutta as well as she allotted four acres of land in the Kalyanpur block of Asansol, for St. Xavier's College, Asansol, which functions out of St. Joseph's Higher Secondary School at present. "A four-acre plot is available adjacent to Asansol college, the housing department has assured me. You can contact (mayor) Sovan Chatterjee after this," said Mamata, who got her own Christmas gift from St. Xavier's - a dokra statue of Mother Mary, made in Ausgram, Burdwan.

As she cut a Christmas cake and listened to hymns, Mamata also drew attention to the ills of demonetisation."People are suffering in each sector.... So many people come to fairs at this time, so many people who earn money selling cakes. They don't have money. With them I have lost my smile too."


Source : The Telegraph (Calcutta) : Saturday, Dec 24, 2016 

Xavier's varsity bill passed

Calcutta, Friday, December 16, 2016

The Assembly today unanimously passed the St. Xavier's University, Kolkata, Bill, 2016, paving the way for setting up the state's eighth self-financing private university.

"It is a historic moment for all Jesuits in Bengal, and St. Xavier's in particular. Xaverians across the world will celebrate," said Father Felix Raj, principal, St. Xavier's College, who could not attend the session because of health reasons. "I would specially like to thank the chief minister and the government."

Congress MLA Nepal Mahato suggested some amendments to the bill but it was eventually passed unanimously.

"This is a Christmas gift to the Christians of Bengal from chief minister Mamata Banerjee. I am confident the university will grow to be one of the best academic institutes in India and the world," education minister Partha Chatterjee said after the bill was passed.

The alumni of St. Xavier's College welcomed the move. "It is a big day for us. This is just the start and we have a long way to go," said Firdausul Hasan, the honorary secretary of St. Xavier's College Calcutta Alumni Association.

St. Xavier's University will be a unitary university like Jadavpur and Presidency and not have the power to affiliate a college. But St. Xavier's University may have constituent colleges, which will operate as branches of the main institution at New Town, across Bengal. "We will start appointing officers and work towards starting the university's first session in July 2017," Father Felix Raj said.

"St. Xavier's will be a private, minority university. We will start with BBA, BCom, MCom, MSW, MA in Journalism, and MA in English in July 2017 and open MBA courses in 2018," said the principal.


Source : The Telegraph (Calcutta) : Friday, Dec 16, 2016 

St Xavier's University set to take varsity leap

Kolkata, Friday, December 16, 2016

The state assembly on Thursday passed The St Xavier's University, Kolkata Bill-2016, paving the way for a new university - a self-financed private one - at New Town that will have the power to manage all higher education institutions run by the St Xavier's College, Kolkata Educational Trust across the state.

The new university will be a "constituent university" (see box), after state-run "affiliating universities" (such as Calcutta University), and "unitary universities" (Jadavpur University).

The bill provides that the university may have as many constituent colleges situated within Bengal that are established and administered by the sponsoring trust. The state's governor will be the university's "visitor" and president of the trust. The governor will appoint the vice-chancellor in consultation with the university's governing board. In state-run universities, the chancellor appoints the VC in consultation with the government. All other bodies are similar to other universities.

The university aims at running courses from humanities to the sciences and professional courses such as engineering, medicine and law. And though it's privately run, the governing board has to follow all-India guidelines for admission. For instance, the admission to engineering courses will be from the All India Entrance Examination and WBJEE, until the university comes with its own admission procedure. The state government will prescribe tuition fees for professional courses from time to time. The university also has to keep a minimum of 5% seats reserved for economically disadvantaged students.

A constituent university is not a unitary university, but it's also different from affiliating universities, such as CU. "The university can't affiliate any college that seeks its affiliation," a higher education department official explained. "Only colleges with the St Xavier's brand name, run by the Jesuit Trust, can be affiliated."

The university coming up at New Town will start operating from the 2017-'18 academic session with a minority institution status.

The government has turned down the proposal from the St Xavier's authorities to set up the university on a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model. "There is no such precedence. So, we haven't extended the privilege to them," the official said.

"St Xavier's college has been recognized as one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the country, and allowing them to open a university will encourage research in various branches of learning and course of study, promote advancement and dissemination of knowledge and learning and extend higher education to meet the growing needs of society," education minister Partha Chatterjee said, moving the bill.

"This is a historic day for the Jesuits in Bengal," said Felix Raj, principal of St Xavier's College Kolkata, who has been at the forefront of the initiative to set up the university.

"I thank the chief minister and all the legislators for being supportive to our cause. Now, we will be able to serve more students and set up another centre of excellence."


Source : The Times of India (Kolkata) : Friday, Dec 16, 2016 

West Bengal Assembly passes bill to set up St Xavier's University in Kolkata

Kolkata, Friday, December 16, 2016

A policy was also framed to encourage private investment in the state's Higher Education system with an emphasis on the guiding principles of "expansion, inclusion and quality".

The St. Xavier's University, Kolkata Bill 2016 was today passed in the West Bengal Assembly to meet the growing need for quality facilities and to encourage private investment in the state's Higher Education system.

Speaking about the Bill, state's Higher Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said that the state government formulated a policy earlier considering the growing need for quality facilities in the state's Higher Education system to cater to the growing number of students.

A policy was also framed to encourage private investment in the state's Higher Education system with an emphasis on the guiding principles of "expansion, inclusion and quality," he said.

The sponsoring St Xavier's College Kolkata Educational Trust earlier came up with a proposal to the state government for setting up a self financing private university by the name of the St Xavier's University Kolkata at New Town having adequate financial resources.

This was done by the trust to provide instruction, teaching, training and research in various dicsciplines and specialised field of science, technology, law, management, social sciences, medicine, education, humanities, performing arts and several other areas.

Chatterjee in his reply said that the feasibility of the proposal for setting up such a university was examined by the Higher Education Department, which had subsequently proposed to incorporate the proposed university for the purpose.

He expressed hope the university by such a premiere educational trust would help improve the standard of quality education in the state. The state government, however, would have power to give directions to the University from time to time considering the interest of the students as well as in the public interest, the minister said.


Source : The Indian Express (Kolkata) : Friday, December 16, 2016 

finally, St Xavier's gets university status

Kolkata, Friday, December 16, 2016

 

Finally, after months of waiting for it to happen, St Xavier's College was upgraded to a University by The St Xavier's University, Kolkata Bill, 2016 which was passed in the Assembly on Thursday.

The Bill has written a new chapter in the history of education in Bengal. The initiative to upgrade St Xavier's College to a university was taken by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who during her visit to the college last year had requested the Jesuit Fathers to consider the proposal. St. Xavier's College was first to get autonomy in Bengal. Presidency College had earlier been upgraded to a university.

Both Presidency and St Xavier's have played a major role in spreading education in Bengal and both have alumni associations in all the major countries of the World.

Tabling the Bill, state Education minister Partha Chatterjee said that the main purpose of the bill was to enable St. Xavier's to function efficiently as a university while encouraging and providing for instruction and research in various branches of learning and courses of study, promoting advancement and dissemination of knowledge and learning and extending higher education to meet the growing needs of the society.

It will be a unitary university now having the power to provide affiliation to any college. The Vice-Chancellor of the university will be a Jesuit Father. The university can also open modern technology and professional courses. It will be a centre of academic excellence in the field of higher education and research. It will become a bridge between the rural- urban divide, extending the benefit of education to the poor and the marginalised, aiming at their empowerment. It has been decided that 5 per cent of the seats will be reserved for the students coming from economically challenged backgrounds.

The university is free to accept funds from industry, institutions, national and international organisations and financial institutions including nationalised banks. It will encourage interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary courses in selected subjects. The President of the sponsoring trust will be the chancellor of the university. He will hold his office for a period of six years. He will also be the chairperson of the governing board.

Chatterjee said achieving excellence in education is the main stress of Trinamool Congress-led state government and various projects have been taken to give scholarships to students to pursue higher education. He said the state government was trying to bring back state's lost glory in the field of education and learning.

St Xavier's College was set up in 1860. It had celebrated teachers like Father Goureax, a student of Albert Einstein and Father Becker. The college also has a library with various books on different subjects.


Source : Millennium Post (Kolkata) : Friday, December 16, 2016 

St Xaviers University Kolkata Bill 2016 passed in WB Assembly

Kolkata, Thursday, December 15, 2016

Kolkata, Dec 15 (PTI) The St. Xaviers University, Kolkata Bill 2016 was today passed in the West Bengal Assembly to meet the growing need for quality facilities and to encourage private investment in the states Higher Education system.

Speaking about the Bill, states Higher Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said that the state government formulated a policy earlier considering the growing need for quality facilities in the states Higher Education system to cater to the growing number of students.

The policy was also framed to encourage private investment in the states Higher Education system with an emphasis on the guiding principles of "expansion, inclusion and quality," he said.

The sponsoring St Xaviers College Kolkata Educational Trust earlier came up with a proposal to the state government for setting up a self financing private university by the name of the St Xaviers University Kolkata at New Town having adequate financial resources.

This was done by the trust to provide instruction, teaching, training and research in various dicsciplines and specialised field of science, technology, law, management, social sciences, medicine, education, humanities, performing arts and several other areas.

Chatterjee in his reply said that the feasibility of the proposal for setting up such a university was examined by the Higher Education Department, which had subsequently proposed to incorporate the proposed university for the purpose.

He expressed hope the university by such a premiere educational trust would help improve the standard of quality education in the state.

The state government, however, would have power to give directions to the University from time to time considering the interest of the students as well as in the public interest, the minister said. PTI AKB MD.


Source : India Today (Kolkata) : Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 

St Xavier's University now a reality as Bengal Assembly passes legislation

Kolkata, Thursday, December 15, 2016

St Xavier's College at Park Street in Kolkata. Photo courtesy: Snehalkanodia on Wikipedia

WEST Bengal Assembly today passed the St Xavier's University Kolkata Bill 2016 paving the way for setting up a new private university in the state by a trust that runs the famed St Xavier's College at Park Street.

The university will come up on a 10 acre plot at Rajarhat New Town and construction work for the campus has already been started. It is likely to start functioning from the next academic year.

St Xavier's University will be the eighth private university in the state. Earlier seven private universities were set up in the state ever since the Trinamool came to power in 2011.

The new university will impart under graduate, post graduate, and doctoral studies in science, technology, law, management, humanities, medicine, performing arts etc. It will arrange its own funding and decided the fee structure. The state government will have power to give directions to the university as regards the interest of the students.

State higher education minister Partha Chatterjee said that the move was a part of the state government's policy to meet growing demand for higher education by encourage private investment in the sector.

He expressed hope the university by such a famed educational trust would help improve the standard of higher education in Bengal.


Source : Newsmen (Kolkata) : Thursday, December 15, 2016 

SXCCAA celebrates the spirit of giving with philanthropy day

The Telegraph Calcutta | T2 | Saturday, September 10, 2016

Xaverians from all over India and abroad flew down to Calcutta to celebrate the 62nd birthday of Father Felix Raj, the principal of St. Xavier's College, on August 27, at Chowringhee Banquets. The day is also observed as Philantrophy Day by the St. Xavier's College Calcutta Alumni Association. "This is an occasion to thank the alumni for what it has done for the college and for society at large. WHereever I go, people ask me how our alumni is so strong. Next year we will celebrate this day at St. Xavier's University," said Father Felix Raj, before cutting the cake.


Source / Full-story : The Telegraph (Calcutta) : Saturday, September 10, 2016 

Shiksha Ratna

Calcutta, Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The state government on Monday conferred the Shiksha Ratna award on Father Felix Raj, the principal of St. Xavier's College, Calcutta, at a programme at Nazrul Mancha on Monday. Education minister Partha Chatterjee handed over the award to Felix Raj. In 2014, the government had conferred Banga Bibhushan on him.


Source : The Telegraph (Calcutta) : Tuesday, Sep 06, 2016 

Bengal gives Siksha Ratna awards on Teacher's Day

Kolkata, Monday, September 5, 2016


The West Bengalgovernment today conferred Sikha Ratna awards to 169 teachers of various schools, colleges and universities on the occasion of Teachers' Day.

At a function here, state education minister Partha Chatterjee honoured teachers from across the state with the award.

Notable recipients included Father Felix Raj, principal of St Xavier's College which is on its way of becoming a university soon.

Besides teachers a number of schools were also honoured with the 'Best School 2016' award.

After coming to power in 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjeehad started the tradition of honouring teachers on the occasion of Teachers' Day.

Chatterjee said teachers should also record 75 per cent attendance in educational institutes.

He asked authorities to be lenient while transferring lady teachers as they should not be sent to postings at places very far away from her house.

In another function, the Lions Club of Kolkata, Mother Teresa Sarani, organised 'Gurukul Awards' for students, teachers and private coaching institutes.


Source : Business Standard (Kolkata) : Monday, Sep 05, 2016 

Campus tribute to Teresa

Calcutta, Saturday, September 3, 2016


St. Xavier's College is organising an exhibition of paintings of Mother Teresa as a follow-up to the symposium held recently, from September 29 to October 5, to celebrate the Sainthood of Mother.

The exhibition will be inaugurated by Keshari Nath Tripathi, Governor of Bengal, at 10am on September 29. "It is our humble tribute to this great lady who lived and worked in Calcutta. She is acclaimed globally for her humanitarian work particularly for the poorest of the poor. She made Calcutta a City of Joy," said Father Felix Raj, the principal of the college.

This exhibition is an attempt to keep alive the spirituality and philosophy of Mother Teresa. Many artists have tried to depict her ideology in their paintings. One of them is Nimai Sengupta, a retired art teacher of St. Xavier's. He has around 26 oil paintings of Mother, a few of them autographed by Mother. He also has a bronze sculpture of Mother, which was blessed by her.

"St. Xavier's College has taken this ambitious project of restoring the paintings of Nimai Sengupta. St. Xavier's will also take the responsibility to preserve these priceless paintings. When I was the vice-principal of the college, Nimai Sengupta had gifted me a painting of Mother rescuing people washed away in the flood. That still hangs on the wall of the vice principal's office," said Felix Raj.

The exhibition is an opportunity to reflect on her life and mission for the poorest of the poor. "Mother has long been a saint. For us in Calcutta, she is the song of celebration, hymn of compassion. The city of Calcutta shall shine in her holiness," said Felix Raj.


Source : The Telegraph (Calcutta) : Saturday, Sep 03, 2016 

Her healing touch

Kolkata, Friday, Sep 02, 2016


His Holiness Pope Francis will declare Mother Teresa of Kolkata a saint on September 4 at St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, in Rome. The canonisation of Mother Teresa gives us an opportunity to reflect on her life and mission for the poorest of the poor. Mother has long been a saint. For us in Kolkata, she is the song of celebration and hymn of compassion.

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born to a well-off middle-class family in Macedonia in 1910. At the age of 18, she joined the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, known as Loreto Sisters in Ireland, in September 1928. She moved to India in 1929. Upon taking her vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, she received the name Mary Teresa, by which she has been popularly known.

Mother Teresa received her "inspiration," a "call within a call", during the train ride from Calcutta to Darjeeling on September 10, 1946. On August 17, 1948, she dressed in a white, blue-bordered sari for the first time and passed through the gates of her beloved Loreto Convent to enter the world of the poor. On October 7, 1950, Mother founded the new congregation of the Missionaries of Charity Calcutta. Within a decade, she began to send her sisters to other parts of India. Pope Paul VI granted the Decree of Praise to the congregation in February 1965 and encouraged Mother to open a house in Venezuela. She opened houses in Rome and Tanzania in 1965 and, eventually, in every continent. Mother also opened houses in almost all the Communist countries, including the former Soviet Union, Albania and Cuba, where religion was seen as the opium of the people.


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Source : The Indian Express (Kolkata) : Friday, Sep 02, 2016 

Doctoral debut at St. Xavier's

Friday , June 10 , 2016 | A Staff Reporter


St. Xavier's College will start PhD courses in four subjects from the 2016-17 academic year.

The subjects in which the doctoral programme will be offered are microbiology, biotechnology, physics and commerce, college principal Father Felix Raj said on Thursday.

"Calcutta University has given us permission to start PhD courses from this academic session. We will be advertising for applications soon," the principal said.

The candidates for the doctoral programme will be selected based on their course work, which will start in August. Up to six scholars can do their research under one guide.

"We have selected the PhD committee and admissions will begin shortly," Felix Raj said. The college, he said, will keep offering the PhD course even after St. Xavier's University comes into being.

The St. Xavier's authorities are set to hand over to the government their letter of intent and proposal for setting up the university in July.

If things move as planned, St. Xavier's University, to function from Rajarhat, will begin its journey in the 2017-2018 academic year with Master's courses in business administration, social work and commerce and Bachelor courses in business administration and commerce.

"We wanted to have the infrastructure ready before the bill (sanctioning the setting up of the university) is passed, which we are hoping will happen in the coming Assembly session. Two of the academic buildings have come up (on the Rajarhat campus) and work on a hostel building, a library and a research centre have started. We should be able to start in July 2017," said Felix Raj.

The college, which was granted the autonomous status in 2006, has received 32,000 applications for the 2,600-odd undergraduate seats for the upcoming session.

The authorities will start putting up merit lists from Friday. Classes will start on July 4.

St. Xavier's is also working on expanding its collaborations with foreign universities, such as St. Cloud University, Minnesota, Fordhan University, New York, and Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia. "We look forward to building on the existing collaborations and add new ones because the experience broadens their (students') world view," said Felix Raj.

Source : The Telegraph, Kolkata 10 Jun 2016

Xavier's to send draft to become a University

Jun 10, 2016 | Age Correspondent | Kolkata


St. Xavier's College will start offering Ph.D. courses to students in four subjects from the present academic year, St. Xavier's College principal Father Felix Raj said on Thursday. The college will offer Ph.D. programmes in microbiology, biotechnology, physics and commerce.

The college principal also informed that the proposed St. Xavier's University, which is undergoing construction, will start some courses from its Rajarhat Campus in July 2017. He said that he would urge the state government to turn it into a state government-approved minority university under the PPP model. The authorities would submit a draft proposal to the state government in this regard by the end of June.

"We should be able to start some courses by July 2017 in the university campus. We are contemplating of submitting the letter of content to the government of West Bengal in a month's time and also the draft proposal. The proposed university would be minority in nature," Father Felix Raj said. Once completed, the St. Xavier's University would offer courses in MBA, MSW, B.Com, BBA and M.Com.

"We are keen that the private university to be set up on a public-private partnership basis. We also want the state government to support the university financially in order to keep the fees at a reasonable level and accommodate more students," he said.

Once the bill gets through in the Bengal Assembly, the proposed institution would be the second Jesuit-run University in the country after one in Orissa. However, it would be first of its kind to be built on PPP model.

Meanwhile, the college was in the process of tying up with various US universities for student and faculty exchange programmes. "We are having talks with Loyola Mary Mount University, Fordham University, St. Cloud University, St. Joseph's University and Santa Clara University among others for this purpose," he added.

Source : The Asian Age Jun 10, 2016

St Xavier's to submit draft proposal for varsity to govt

PTI | Jun 9, 2016, 06.15 PM IST


Kolkata, Jun 9 () The authorities of the famed St Xavier's College (Autonomous) would submit the draft proposal to West Bengal government for setting up its second university in the country.

"We will submit the letter of intent to the state government in a month's time and also the draft proposal. We hope that the university will start functioning from July 2017," Principal of St Xavier's Fr Felix Raj said.

"We are keen that the private university to be set up on on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis. We also want the state government to support the university financially in order to keep the fees at a reasonable level," he said.

Once through, the proposed institution would be the second Jesuit-run university in the country after Odisha, he said, adding the Bill on it would have to be passed in the legislative assembly.

The proposed university would be minority in nature, the principal said, adding two buildings meant for it were already completed at Rajarhat near the metropolis.

Work on the hostel, library and research buildings were on, he said, adding initially, the university would offer courses in MBA, MSW, B.Com, BBA and M.Com.

The college was in the process of tying up with various US universities for student and faculty exchange programmes. "We are having talks with Loyola Mary Mount University, Fordham University , St Cloud University, St Joseph's University among others for this purpose", he told reporters here today.
The college would also offer Ph.D programmes in microbiology, biotechnology, physics and and commerce. For the under graduate courses for academic session 2016-17, the college had received 32,000 applications out of which only 2600 students would be taken, he added. dc KK AMS

Source : Indiatimes.com

BEYOND BOUNDARIES - St Xavier's sows MBA dream in alumni meet

Kolkata, Monday, May 23, 2016


After Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur (XLRI) and Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB), both run by the Jesuit family , St Xavier's College (autonomous) Kolkata is all set to join the league of premier Bschools in the country.

St Xavier's University , which is coming up at Rajarhat, will throw open its gates to the first batch of students for MBA from the 2017-2018 academic session. There will be 60 seats in the first year. The process of admission will be on the similar lines of XLRI and XIMB, where students will be selected through the Xavier Admission Test (XAT).

The university will also offer four other courses in the first year -Masters of Social Work (MSW), BCom, Bachelor of Business Administration and MCom.


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Source : The Times of India (Kolkata) : Monday, May 23, 2016 

July 2017 date for Xavier's varsity

Calcutta, Monday, May 23, 2016

Father Felix Raj (extreme right), the principal of St. Xavier's College, at the inauguration of Beyond Boundaries VI in Toronto

- Chandreyee chatterjee in toronto

St. Xavier's University will start its journey in July 2017 with three master's and two bachelor's courses.

The announcement was made by Father Felix Raj, the principal of St. Xavier's College and president of the St. Xavier's College Calcutta Alumni Association (SXCCAA), on the sidelines of Beyond Boundaries VI in Toronto, Canada, last week.

"We expect the chief minister's good support will continue in her second term and that we will be able to realise her expectations and our plans of starting the university by July 2017," said Felix Raj at the international convention of Xaverians, organised by the SXCCAA in association with The Telegraph.
 

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Source : The Telegraph, Calcutta : Monday, May 23, 2016 

Girl who wanted to be like her officer father is NCC topper

Calcutta, Thursday, February 25, 2016

Prarthana Sarkar grew up with stars in her eyes - of the kind shining on her army officer father's epaulette. At 19, she can feel proud about the sparkle in her father's eyes as she stands in front of him in her National Cadet Corps uniform, clutching her special silver-inlaid baton.

Prarthana was adjudged the best senior division navy cadet among her peers from 17 NCC directorates across the country at the Republic Day camp this year. She is the first navy girl from the West Bengal and Sikkim directorate to get this honour.

"It was an honour to be nominated for the Republic Day camp and I was determined to go ahead and get it (the award). I had confidence in myself....but you have to work hard and compete since everyone else is also fighting for the same thing," she told Metro.
 

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Source : The Telegraph, Calcutta : Thursday, February 25, 2016 

Bill to upgrade St Xavier's under way

Kolkata, January. 17, 2016

The state government is expediting the process of formulating the Bill to upgrade St Xavier's College (Autonomous) to a university, Mr Partha Chatterjee, state education minister, said at the valedictory convocation of the institute on Saturday.

Speaking at the ninth valedictory convocation of the college, Mr Chatterjee said the state education department was making all efforts to realise chief minister Mamata Banerjee's vision of expanding the college into a full-fledged university.

"On the part of the government we are trying to formulate the Bill so that it can be tabled at the Assembly as soon as possible," Mr Chatterjee said.

The minister's statement follows that of Father Felix Raj's, principal of the St. Xaviers College, who had said at a previous press conference that turning Kolkata's prestigious institute into a university may soon be a 'reality' this year.

Addressing the gathering at the convocation, the education minister said, "St Xavier's College has always been a prominent marker in the map of higher education. The students passing out of the college will soon become leaders in their own fields."

The Nihil Ultra Award of Honour was given to Prof. Albert Cardinal Gomes for his illustrious and outstanding service. Along with the minister, the vice-chancellor of Calcutta University, Mr Sugata Marjit and other dignitaries were also present at the function.

Source : The Statesman, Kolkata : Sunday, 17 January, 2016

Xavier's gets students' council

Kolkata, January 13, 2016

New campus and more courses, fundraisers and fun fests - St. Xavier's College is set for an action-packed 2016.

Kolkata: St Xavier's College, Kolkata has decided to rechristen the students union as students' council - a move which is unthinkable in any state-run or state-aided institution. Not only have they renamed the existing students union, but also introduced criterion for students who want to contest the election..

The education commission set up by chief minister Mamata Banerjee had recommended a change in the name of college students unions. However no other institution, apart from the erstwhile Bengal Engineering and Science University (Besu), could implement the suggestion. "It was the students' union members of our college who proposed to rename it. The word 'union' sounds synonymous with agitation. It gives out a sense of dialectical nature of relationship. It is opposed to a healthy approach towards holding discussions. Rather, council gives out a sense of dialogical approach where reasons can be seen and both parties sit together and discuss with equal rights. In a students' council, students are primary stakeholders. We would want to promote the concept of council where healthy dialogues can be held," Felix Raj added.

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Source : The Times of India, Kolkata : Wednesday, January 13, 2016 

Full calendar for St. Xavier's

Kolkata, January 13 , 2016

New campus and more courses, fundraisers and fun fests - St. Xavier's College is set for an action-packed 2016.

"The St. Xavier's University bill will be tabled soon. We have been waiting to submit the final proposal to the government so that we can put in place some infrastructure by the time the bill is passed. That would allow us to start classes quickly," said Father Felix Raj, the principal of St. Xavier's College.

The university will be set up following a public-private partnership model. The Jesuits will remain at the helm with the chancellor - in this case, the Jesuit provincial - picking the vice-chancellor, said the principal."We did not want to be a private university because government participation would lower the fee structure," Felix Raj added.

The university, to come up in Rajarhat, is expected to be functional by July 2017 and offer MBA and Masters in Social Work along with other undergraduate and postgraduate courses not available at St. Xavier's College.

The institution will start the year with the college's ninth convocation and valedictory session on January 16, the Foundation Day of St. Xavier's.

Next on the cards is Xavotsav, the three-day annual college fest organised by the students' council in association with The Telegraph. Around 10,000 students from across the country will participate in the January 22-24 event.

On January 26, the college grounds will host Asha Bhosle in concert for Beyond Barriers, the annual fundraiser organised by the St. Xavier's College Calcutta Alumni Association, in association with The Telegraph. The proceeds from the concert will go to the college fund.

Also on the calendar is Shishu Mela on February 14 which will bring to the campus over 1,000 children from the villages adopted by St. Xavier's College and Bhasha Divas celebrations with torch rallies from Dhaka to Singapore, Mumbai, Delhi, Asansol, Burdwan, Rajgunj and Calcutta.

Source : The Telegraph, Calcutta : Wednesday, 13 January, 2016

St. Xavier's annual tea meet brewed a year of alumni activities, with The Telegraph

Calcutta, January 7, 2016

Father Felix Raj with the Women's Forum of the alumni association

The new governing council of the St. Xavier's College (Calcutta) Alumni Association (SXCCAA) embarked upon an activity-filled year with the St. Xavier's Annual Tea Meet, held in December in association with The Telegraph. 

Spearheaded by the Women's Forum, this is an annual event where new council members are appointed, in the presence of the president of the alumni association and principal of the college, Father Felix Raj.

"Every year we look forward to this evening... there's a lot of enthusiasm, life and participation, especially the invitation of an NGO every year. We express our support and encouragement for the activities that this organisation (Manovikas Kendra) has undertaken. I have a sense of gratitude to the alumni association for what it has been, what it is and what it will be in the years to come. What St. Xavier's is today is because of its alumni association," said Felix Raj.

The students of Manovikas Kendra put up a stellar show, dancing to tracks like Uthchhe jege shokalgulo from Autograph and Bahara from I Hate Luv Storys. .

"We believe in giving back to society and for the past few years, we have been choosing an organisation so that its children get a chance to perform here, which gives them confidence too," said Sujata Rampuria, the convener of the Women's Forum.

Games stalls were put up to entertain the audience while chaat, noodles and ice cream kept tummies happy.

"After the new council is formed, the Tea Meet marks the first programme of our calendar year. We felicitate the new governing council and the event is a warm-up for the whole year," said Firdausal Hasan, honorary secretary, SXCCAA.

Source : The Telegraph, Calcutta : Thursday, 7 January, 2016

Learn tolerance from Xavier's, says Mamata

Calcutta,  December 24, 2015

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurates the Christmas celebration at St. Xavier's. Also seen are mayor Sovan Chatterjee and Father Felix Raj. Picture by Amit Datta

The country should learn about tolerance and humanity from St. Xavier's College, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said on the Park Street campus on Wednesday evening.

"If an institution like St. Xavier's, Calcutta, can quote from the Quran, the Gita, the Guru Granth Sahib, why can't we all follow this example?" she asked, referring to the speeches of Archbishop of Calcutta Thomas D'Souza and the principal of the college, Father Felix Raj.

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.Source : The Telegraph, Calcutta : Thursday, December 24, 2015

St. Xavier's on mission USA with dreams of Vision 2020

Calcutta,  December 5, 2015

 

A team of alumni from St. Xavier's College, Calcutta, accompanied Father Felix Raj, the college principal, to the United States of America for a cause unlike any undertaken by any educational institute in India.

The aim of the four-member team's visit to San Francisco and Los Angeles - raising funds for SXC Vision 2020 - may seem run-of-the-mill as it includes expansion of the college and setting up of the St. Xavier's University. But what sets it apart is the college's mission to admit 100 students affected by trafficking, starting from the coming academic year.

The first fund-raising event was organised at San Francisco, which was hosted by entrepreneur Rahul Roy, an IIT Kanpur graduate, who though not a Xaverian is committed to St. Xavier's College's vision to make education accessible to many more.

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.Source : The Telegraph, Calcutta : Saturday, December 5, 2015

Difference spotted and appreciated

Calcutta, Jan. 17: Two convocations in three weeks - the difference was telling.

Calcutta, Jan. 17: Two convocations in three weeks - the difference was telling.

At the annual convocation of St. Xavier's College today, Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi lauded the academic atmosphere of the institution and the absence of students' unrest. "I appreciate the apolitical nature of the students' union and the fact that there has never been any form of students' unrest (at St. Xavier's) has complemented the academic ambience of the institution," the governor told the annual convocation of the autonomous college. More than 15 students took their medals from Tripathi today. At Jadavpur University on December 24, he was supposed to hand the honours to three young graduates. One of them accepted it, the second did not turn up and the third politely declined to accept it. Tens of students waved the black flag, shouted slogans and beat plastic drums outside the open-air venue throughout the programme. At St. Xavier's today, the procession of governor Tripathi, higher education minister Partha Chatterjee, Calcutta University vice-chancellor Suranjan Das, St. Xavier's College principal Father Felix Raj, along with senior officials of the institution, proceeded towards the dais in pin-drop silence. Over 1,000 students were in the audience, all of them on their feet for the guests. The governor's speech came towards the end of a two-hour programme that went without a hitch.

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Source : The Telegraph, Kolkata : Sunday, January 18, 2015

Keshari Nath Tripathi praises Xavier's apolitical students' union

Condemns Violence, Call for Depoitization of Campuses

KOLKATA: Complimenting St Xavier's College for its apolitical students' union at its 8th convocation, Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi said it had contributed to the institution achieving academic excellence. Tripathi came down heavily on politicized students' unions of other colleges which, he said, had become synonymous with violence, particularly during the union elections. St Xavier's College, however, is a far cry from such violence. Apolitically elected class representatives and nominated secretaries heading each of the college's 10 societies will elect the council's secretary, assistant secretary and working committee members, said general secretary of St Xavier's College Calcutta Alumni Association Firdausul Hassan.

Source : Sunday Times of India, Kolkata : Sunday, January 18, 2015

Education :

St. Xavier's College will open the Educational Multimedia Research Centre

St. Xavier's College will open the Educational Multimedia Research Centre, its communication hub on the Bypass, in the New Year along with a girls' hostel on AJC Bose Road. Two new courses in political science and history will be introduced at St. Xavier's Raghapur campus in South 24-Parganas. The BEd department and the library will shift to the new location. Work on the college's Rajarhat campus will continue through the year. The West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education will introduce a mix of multiple-choice and short-answer questions along with project work in the 2015 Higher Secondary exams. Calcutta University will open three new departments, one for music and fine arts, another for comparative literature and a third for Buddhist studies. The university will also introduce a chair named after Ashutosh Mukherjee. Four private universities will start functioning from the 2015 academic session. These are The Neotia University, JIS University, Amity University and University of Engineering and Management. Two state-aided universities will also open in the New Year, including one that will provide affiliation to all BEd colleges of Bengal. A new CBSE school "The Newtown Schol" will open in Action Area I of New Town with classes from nursery till VII.

Source : The Telegraph Metro, Kolkata : Thursday, January 01, 2015

TO SIR AND ARUNDA WITH LOVE:

TO SIR AND ARUNDA WITH LOVE: The St. Xavier's College choir at a condolence meeting for Rohinton Kapadia, former professor and head of the English department at the college, and Arun Acharya, canteen manager for almost five decades, on Monday.
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Source : The Telegraph Metro, Kolkata : Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Christmas Spirit

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee unveils the crib of baby Jesus at St. Xavier's College on Christmas Eve. Mamata, who attended Christmas programmes at the Park Street institution for the fourth year on the trot, also watched a cultural programme put up by the Xaverian Academy of Dance and Music. Principal Father Felix Raj talked about the chief minister's Santa Claus act two years ago when she allotted 16.44 acres in Rajarhat to the college for its second campus. Mamata, an associate member of the Xavier's alumni association, said: " I want to have an education hub in the state and I want St. Xavier's to lead the way... Whatever help you need we will give you."

Father Felix Raj presented Mamata with a small statue of the Holy Family, which she promised to keep on her desk. Archbishop Thomas D'Souza and St. Xavier's rector Father Dominic Savio attended the programme.

Source : The Telegraph, Kolkata Metro (Pg. 22) : 25 Dec 2014

Guardian Angel

A full- sized marble statue of St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of St. Xavier's College, was unveiled in the front courtyard of the Park Street institution on Wednesday.

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Xavier's goes far & wide to realise dream

The fifth edition of Beyond Boundaries, the annual international meet of the St. Xavier's College Calcutta Alumni Association, got off to an eclectic start in Melbourne on Saturday morning. A prayer service, a musical performance, elocution, a presentation of the college's Vision 2020 and a cricket talk show were all part of the first day of the convention.

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