Rev. Fr. J. Felix Raj, SJ
AMU President visits St. Xavier's
Posted : 16 May 2017
Mr. H. James Towey, the President of Ave Maria University (AMU),Florida, U.S.A., along with Fr. John Romus,visited St. Xavier's College on 16th May, 2017 and met with Fr. Principal.
They discussed with Fr. Principal about future exchange and collaboration programmes.
Ave Maria University was founded in 2003 by Mr. Tom Monaghan, the then founder and owner of Domino's Pizza (1960).
New Jesuit Provincial
Posted : 11 May 2017
Fr. Raphael Hyde, S.J., the present Rector of St. Lawrence High School has been appointed Provincial of the Calcutta Jesuit Province by Rev. Fr. General, Arturo Sosa, S.J. We congratulate Fr. Raphael Hyde, S.J. and assure him of our prayerful support. As Provincial, he will be the Ex-Officio President of St. Xavier's College Kolkata Educational Trust, President of the Governing Body of St. Xavier's College and the Chancellor of St. Xavier's University, Kolkata.
Farewell to American Students
Posted : 30 April 2017
Ten American students, accompanied by a faculty member from the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University, Minnesota, USA, completed their one semester studies from January to April 2017 successfully at St. Xavier's College. It is part of the academic exchange programme between the two institutions.
Rev. Fr. J. Felix Raj S.J., Principal of the College hosted a farewell lunch to the guests on April 29. They returned home on April 30 to continue their remaining semesters in CSBSJU. Thanks to Prof. Panchali Sen, Director, Department of International Programme and Studies.
St. Xavier's University holds its first board meeting
Posted : 29 April 2017
The first Governing Board meeting of St Xavier's University, Kolkata was held on Friday, April 28 at the university's New Town campus. It was chaired by the Chancellor. The first board is effective for a period of four years till March 2021.
The board meeting included chancellor of the University, Father J Velluswamy, vice-chancellor Father J. Felix Raj, principal secretary of the department of higher education Vivek Kumar, the directors of XLRI, XIMB and XIMJ, the secretary of the St Xavier's College alumni association and six principals from 52 Jesuit colleges in India.
"The new board deliberated upon 1. Courses to be offered from 2017 session, 2. Admission policies and procedures, 3. Fee structure, 4.Delegation of power to the VC 5. Ratification of appointments, 6. the inauguration of the first academic session of SXUK on the Rajarhat campus on July 7, 7. the completion of Vision 2020 and so on," said Father Felix Raj.
The board members, after the meeting, toured the newly built campus that is at the moment ready with a six-story academic block. The G+5 floor academic block with 2.3 lakh square feet has four types of classrooms, including galleries and amphitheatres. The residence for VC and the Jesuits named Britto House, with a sacred chapel for prayer, was inaugurated by the SXUK chancellor and the VC of Xavier's University Bhubaneswar prior to the board meeting.
At the board meeting, R N Jhunjhunwalla, attorney-at-law and executive partner, Khaitan and Co, industrialists Sanjiv Goenka and Sanjay Budhia and chairman and managing director, West Bengal Power Development Corporation Ltd, Santanu Basu, were co-opted as members.
The vice-chancellor thanked chief minister Mamata Banerjee, education minister Partha Chatterjee, St. Xavier's College alumni, benefactors and all stake-holders for their support. The next Board meeting will be held on August 19.
The official inauguration on July 7 is likely to see chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who has been closely following the university's progress, visiting the campus. UK-based Indian industrialist and Xaverian L N MIttal will also be present that day.
Mamata Banerjee had earlier sent a personal letter of good wishes to Fr. Felix Raj and his team on the occasion, which was read out at the Board meeting by the VC.
Loyola and St. Xavier's among top 10 Colleges in India
Posted : 10 April 2017
Loyola and St. Xavier's among top 10 Colleges in India
By Prof. Partho Mukherji
Loyola College, Chennai and St. Xavier's College, Kolkata are the two Jesuit Colleges, which feature among the first 10 Colleges in the country ranked by the National Institute of Ranking Framework (NIRF), MHRD, Government of India.
The MHRD Minister Mr. PrakashJavedkar announced the 'India Ranking 2017' on April 3 at a Press Conference. A public function has been arranged by the Central Government on April 10 to felicitate the top rank holders.
The ranking conducted by NIRF is based on 5 parameters:
- Teaching Learning Resources (100)
- Researches and Professional Practice (100)
- Graduation Outcomes (100)
- Outreach Inclusivity (100)
- Perception (100)
Loyola College, ranked number 2, scored 68.68 and St. Xavier's Kolkata, with a score of 59.12 is at number 6 in the country.
Six Jesuit Colleges figure among the top 50 Colleges in India. They include: Andhra Loyola College, Vijayawada (rank: 24), St. Joseph's, Bangalore (rank: 29), St. Xavier's Mumbai (rank: 40) and St. Aloysius Mangalore (rank: 44).
In January 2017, St. Xavier's College Kolkata was accredited with A++ Grade with a CGPA of 3.77 on a 4 point scale- this score is the highest in the country by any College undertaking the 3rd Cycle of Accreditation conducted by the National Assessment and Accreditation Body (NAAC), UGC.
Father Felix Raj, Principal of St.Xavier's College, Kolkata observes, " We are pleased to be ranked 6th in the country by the National Ranking Framework of MHRD. Every assessment is an Audit that identifies for us the strengths and weaknesses and lays the foundation for opportunities to prosper further with our purpose of imparting higher education to greater sections of society. We are therefore thankful to the Ranking council of MHRD. We pledge to strive tirelessly towards our motto of NIHIL ULTRA-NOTHING BEYOND"based on our Ignatian Magis.
Ode to Expressions
Posted : 02 April 2017
Fr. Principal, in the presence of the Vice Principal, the Deans, the HoD, faculty members and the students of the department, unveiled the English Academy's journal, Ode to Expressions on April 1, 2017. The journal showcases both the creative talent and the literary ability of the students of the College.
The launch of the journal was followed by a seminar. Fr. Principal congratulated Prof. Chandrani Biswas and all the office bearers of the Academy.
Talks on Spirituality in Education
Posted : 02 April 2017
Swami Agnivesh, former professor of St. Xavier's College, a spiritual leader and the Founder-Chairperson of the Bandhu Mukti Morcha (Bonded Labour Liberation Front) visited his college on March 31, 2017. He delivered two talks on "Spirituality in Education": 1) To the B.Ed students at the department of Education at 2.00 pm and 2) To the faculty, students and alumni/ae at 6.00 pm.
He spoke on applied spirituality, how spirituality brings about inter-faith dialogues for peace, human rights and social justice. "We must dialogue not only because the global community is sitting over a likely holocaust, which it is. We must converse, even more importantly, because we are human beings and dialogue is the "milk of our humanness".
Of course we have reached a stage in which the alternative to dialogue is the winter of our humanity. Our very survival as a sane species hangs on it. But we need to survive as human beings. What does it profit us that we survive at the cost of our humanity? Overpowering violence may, theoretically, enable some people to survive. But only dialogue can safeguard at once the future and the nature of our species as a whole".
Twinning Programme between St. Xavier's College and Pondicherry University
Posted : 25 Mar 2017
One-day workshop for coordinators of Twinning Programme was held on 24/03/2017(Fri) in Pondicherry University. Dr. Asoke Nath represented St. Xavier's College in the meeting in his capacity as the coordinator of the twinning programme.
More than 30 delegates from various parts of the country were present in the workshop. Dr. Asoke Nath and the Registrar of Pondicherry University jointly signed the MoU for a Twinning programme in MBA course between St. Xavier's Kolkata and Pondicherry university in the presence of all dignitaries and participants present for the work-shop.
Posted : 25 Mar 2017
The Xaverian Film Academy of St. Xavier's College organised its annual programme, Cinematheque 2017 on March 24, 2017. Fr. Principal inaugurated the festival and recalled the enormous contributions St. Xavier's College has made to the field of media, citing the examples of the Chitrabani and the EMMRC. Mr. Kamaleshwar Mukherjee was the Guest of Honour for the occasion.
Workshop on Women Empowerment
Posted : 25 Mar 2017
On 24th of March, 2017, the students of the Art and Photography Club of Department of Education of St. Xavier' College (Autonomous), Kolkata, organised an workshop on 'Women Empowerment' at Indira Gandhi Children Welfare Society (School) along with ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services) and CINI (Child in Need Institute).
The children enthusiastically participated in the workshop which focussed on the refinement of Behavioural Skills of the children, Cooperative Learning, Cognitive Development, and Multi-cultural Awareness along with their ability to build up a community relationship. This was followed by a cultural programme by the students of the Department of Education on 'Women Empowerment'.
Posted : 22 Mar 2017
The department of Physics organised its annual programme, Spectrum this year on 21 March 2017.
Fr. principal released the annual magazine of the department, Horizon. All the faculty members and the UG and PG students participated in the event. Fr. Principal congratulated the department and recalled the rich and long academic tradition of the department right from 1860s.
'Khel' - 2nd Intra Battalion sports meet
Posted : 20 Mar 2017
The NCC Unit of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata organized 'Khel' - 2nd Intra Battalion sports meet on 19th March 2017 on the college grounds. SXC NCC cadets presented a horse show.
The programme was inaugurated by the Principal, Fr. J. Felix Raj in the presence of Fr. Rector, Commodore AK Aukta, NM, Group Commander Kol C Group NCC and Col DN Bagchi, Commanding Officer, 20 Bengal BN NCC.
Around 200 Cadets from different Colleges including St. Xavier's Colleges Raghabpur campus participated in the meet.
AICUF HONOURS WORKERS
Posted : 20 Mar 2017
All India Catholic University Federation (AICUF) Unit of the College celebrated the feast of St. Joseph, the pattern saint of workers on 16th March to honour the support staff of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata. The celebration began with the Eucharistic Celebration presided over by Fr. Xavier Savrimuththu, followed by a cultural programme at the Depelchian auditorium.
Fr. Felix Raj, the Principal, acknowledged and appreciated the dedicated service of the support staff over the years. Their immense contribution has helped the growth of the college.
XADAM put up a spectacular classical dance and the AICUF students staged a skit depicting the daily contribution of the support staff. Seventeen support staff members who have completed more than twenty-five years of service were felicitated with the AICUF memento. Mr. Bijoy Das, the president of the support staff association, gave the vote of thanks.
Posted : 16 Mar 2017
The Department of Statistics launched its 9th edition of its magazine, Prakarsha, on Wednesday, March 15 on the occasion of its annual programme, Epsilon Delta 2017. Fr. Principal unveiled the magazine in the presence of Vice Principal, Deans and the HoD of the department. All the faculty and the students of the department participated in the programme.
College Women's Basketball Team
Posted : 14 Mar 2017
Fr. Principal and Sports director with the St. Xavier's College Women's Basketball team.
The team was placed in the third place in the senior State Basketball Championship.
International Women's Day
Posted : 14 Mar 2017
International Women's Day was celebrated at the Raghabpur campus on 5th March 2017. About 200 women from 8 different villages assembled for this celebration which was organised by the Department of Social Work & NSS in collaboration with the SXCCAA Women's Forum. The day began with an input session presented by Dr. Saswati Chaudhuri of Commerce department (Morning).
Father J. Felix Raj, SJ, Principal of St. Xavier's College and Vice Chancellor of St. Xavier's University was present for the celebration and was felicitated on behalf of all the villages for his outstanding contribution to these villages and for making education available to the rural students.
A meaningful dance drama performed by the students of XADAM set the tone for the group discussion that followed. The village women expressed their challenges and gave suggestions as well. The American students who were also present for the programme were moved by the simplicity of the womenfolk. Language was not a barrier for them to communicate and they enjoyed their participation.
The Women's Forum organised outdoor games post lunch and was happily surprised to see some women dancing.
The Director of Social Work & NSS, Ms. Cheryl Francis thanked Fr. Principal for his constant support and for his concern towards the rural students. She also thanked the NSS Team along with almost 50 volunteers for helping to make this day so special. As a follow up of this programme, the NSS team will be visiting all these villages soon, to form core groups and conduct capacity building workshops for the women.
NSS Board 2017-18
Posted : 24 Feb 2017
Fr. Principal declared the New NSS Board for 2017-18 on 22nd February 2017. "The NSS students give a different perception to life and play an important role in this College" were the encouraging words by Fr. Principal to the New Office Bearers.
Shubham Mittal of Commerce (Morning) is the President for the year 2017-18 and Sejal Agarwal of Commerce (Evening) is the Secretary.
The Working Committee Members are as follows: Muzzammil Hussain, Rishi Raj Gandotra (B.Com, morning), Ditsa Dutta, Swatirtha Roy (B. Sc), Sristi Jalan, Rhea R Jude (B.Com, evening), Puja Pailan, Priti Ishor, Raj Das & Dhrubajyoti Bag (Raghabpur campus) along with Advisors Kishan Shaw (B.com M), Vidhi Bajoria (B.Sc.), Ananya Chatterjee, Amar Modi, Olyvia Das (SL campus) & Subhas Das, Richard Sarkar (RG campus).
Posted : 22 Feb 2017
Bengali Literary Society of St. Xavier's College in collaboration with the St. Xavier's Alumni Association observed the Bhasha Divas on February 21. The Torch was brought by a group of Xaverians to Kolkata from the University of Dhaka. It was brought in procession from the College hostels to the main campus by the students of the College and was received by the Principal and Vice Principals.
In the evening the BLS organised the Dashabhusa Bangali '17 and felicitated 10 Bengali luminaries.
Mangalam Camp For Village Children
Posted : 21 Feb 2017
"Mangalam Camp" was organised by the Department of Education in collaboration with the Departments of Computer Science, Chemistry and Political Science on 18th and 19th of February 2017. The project aims at motivating and enriching the less fortunate children of two villages adopted by the Department of Education in Howrah district. The "Mangalam Camp" was a part of the Mangalam Project which is an initiative of the Xaverian Education Society (XES) of the Department of Education.
Our Principal, Rev. Fr. Dr. J. Felix Raj, S.J. inaugurated the camp and Fr. Shekhar, the Parish Priest of Santragachi was the Chief Guest. The inaugural ceremony was graced by the Rector, other Vice Principals, Deans and Professors of St. Xavier's College, Media Personnel, Principals of other institutions and the students from the villages adopted by the Department.
In his welcome address Fr. Principal highly appreciated the novel endeavour of the department under the leadership of Prof. Swati Sarkar, Vice-Principal of the Department of Education. He also emphasised on the academic nature of the project. The Chief Guest Fr. Shekhar, in his speech, complemented the Vice-Principal, Prof. Swati Sarkar, for the uniqueness of the "Mangalam Project", where the student-teachers are specially mentored to impart quality education in a structured manner to less fortunate children, throughout the year.
The two-day long camp offered the children of the village schools an opportunity to gain better understanding of the application of theoretical subjects like Mathematics, Social Science, Physical Science, Computer and Language Learning and personality development. With the help of the advanced facilities and infrastructure of the college the children learnt about new technologies in a fun-filled yet intellectually stimulating way.
There were also sessions for Celestial Observation, Citizenship Training, Reasoning and Psychological Testing alongside recreational activities like art and games. On Sunday evening, the Camp ended with a beautiful closing ceremony and the departure of the children was mixed with the promise of a long and joyful association with the Department of Education of St. Xavier's College in the coming years.
St. Xavier's University gets Vice-Chancellor
Posted : 20 Feb 2017
Father Felix Raj, SJ, the principal of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata is the first vice-chancellor of St. Xavier's University, Kolkata.
"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, SJ, the chancellor of the university who appointed Fr. Felix Raj as VC, also appointed professor Ashis Mitra as registrar.
The bill for setting up the university, which is operational from February 8, the date of notification, was unanimously passed by the Assembly on December 15. Governor K.N. Tripathi gave his consent to the bill on January 16.
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 with 3.77 CGPA out of 4. The university will emulate that. It will in no way compromise on quality," Fr. Felix Raj told the press.
The university will start its journey by offering the B.Com, BBA, M.Com, MA in English, Masters in social work and MA in journalism courses.
Firdausul Hasan, honorary secretary, St. Xavier's College Calcutta Alumni Association, said: "The university is the materialization of Father Felix Raj's visionary dreams. We are thankful to him for giving us the chance to play our part in Vision 2020 and do something for our alma mater."
National Level Exchange Programme of the Department of Education
Posted : 15 Feb 2017
As a part of the National Level Exchange Programme of Education department of St Xavier's College, Fr. Dr. Thomas Perumalil, principal of St. Xavier's College of Education, Patna and Dr. Sandhya Rai, principal of Loyola College of Education, Namchi, delivered lectures in the Department of Education on 10.02.2017.
Their sessions on 'Greatness to Effectiveness' and 'Understanding and Managing the Self' were highly appreciated by the students. St. Xavier's Kolkata expresses heartfelt thanks to them for enlightening the trainee teachers and looks forward to many such educational exchanges in future.
Shishu Mela 2017
Posted : 13 Feb 2017
The Shishu Mela 2017 was held on Sunday, February 12 by the department of Social Work and NSS of St. Xavier's College. Around 800 children from ten villages adopted by SXC and nine NGOs attended the Mela. The inauguration was adorned with a beautiful dance by the XADAM team.
250 NSS student volunteers under the able leadership of NSS director, Ms Cheryl Francis efficiently organised the Mela. The Chief Guest for the day was Fr. Xavier Jeyaraj, former director of NSS unit of St. Xavier's and the secretary of social secretariate of the Jesuit Curia in Rome.
Kadam, the NSS magazine was released by Frs Xavier Jeyaraj and Felix Raj.
Fr. Principal thanked ma'am Cheryl Francis and the student volunteers for their hard work and wonderful coordination of the Mela.
Posted : 08 Feb 2017
The Department of Computer Science organised its two day Tech-Fest, Exabyte 2017 on February 7th and 8th. Fr. Principal congratulated the department and acknowledged their enormous contribution and value addition to the College. The first volume of the department's magazine X-Cryptus was released at the inaugural session.
The Chief Guest and the keynote speaker on the 7th evening was Dr. D. P. Duari, Director, MP Birla Planetarium. Prof. Shalabh Agarwal explained the dynamics of the programme and Dr. Ashoke Nath gave the vote of thanks.The programme was well attended by the students of the department.
Annual Sports 2017
Posted : 06 Feb 2017
The annual sports day of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, celebrated on February 4 at the College ground, was colourful with spirited performances. Rev. Fr. Jeyaraj Veluswamy, Provincial of the Calcutta Jesuits and the Chancellor of the St. Xavier's University, Kolkata graced the day as the chief guest.
Faculty members and students in their respective departments actively participated in the March Past led by the BSF Band. The large turnout, the festive mood and the pleasant weather were the perfect boost for all on the day.
Fr. Principal thanked the Sports director, Feroza Mogrelia and her team of volunteers for their efficient organization. The day was a great success. View Gallery
A new Computer Lab for PG Physics Dept
Posted : 04 Feb 2017
A new Computer Lab in the second floor near the RK Hall for the PG department of Physics was blessed and inaugurated on February 3 morning by Fr. Principal in the presence of the Vice Principal, Prof. Bertram Da Silva, Dean of Science, Dr. Tapati Dutta, HoD Prof. Soma Ghosh, faculty members and students of the department. Thanks to Fr. Arulappan, Prof. Shalabh Agarwal, Mr. Sujit Chandra, Mr. Bijoy Nair for their timely work in getting the Lab ready.
Posted : 01 Feb 2017
A team of three professors from Pondicherry University headed by Prof. Sibnat Deb visted St. Xavier's College on February 1, 2017. They interacted with Fr. Principal and some senior professors of the College. St. Xavier's College and Pondicherry University will jointly start a Twinning Programme on MBA at St. Xavier's under distance education mode. More details will be available in the College website. Dr. Ashoke Nath will be the Co-ordinator of the programme.
Posted : 24 Jan 2017
St. Xavier's College scores 3.77 CGPA out of 4 (A++) in its 3rd cycle accreditation.
The Principal said: "It is the fruit of a collective effort. I want to thank our staff, students, their parents, alumni/ae, benefactors and friends for their wholehearted cooperation, interest and involvement in the College matters. This is yet another milestone in our march towards Nihil Ultra (Nothing Beyond).
The NAAC Peer Team handed over the final report to the Principal, Fr. Felix Raj on January 10th evening at the Exit meeting.
Posted : 22 Jan 2017
Xavotsav 2017, Xaverian Students' Festival was inaugurated by Rector, Fr. Dominic Savio and other Vice Principals along with General Secretary and Asst General Secretary of the Students Council on January 21. The festival will go on till January 23rd evening. Fr. Principal wishes all students an active and fruitful celebrations.
The Tenth Convocation held at SXC
Posted : 18 Jan 2017
The Tenth Convocation and Valedictory was a solemn occasion of celebration on July 17 at 12.30 pm. Father Rector offered the inaugural address as he welcomed all. He introduced the audience to the vision and mission of the College.
Honourable Minister, Dr. Partha Chatterjee reiterated the principles and purpose of Higher Education and congratulated St. Xavier's College for pioneering the noble task of imparting knowledge beyond the barriers of cultural, social and religious inequities.
Father Principal, in his address and annual report, highlighted the salient achievements of the College over the last one year. He observed that the stride towards the University is an awareness of the role of St. Xavier's in extending its scope to a larger section of students. "St. Xavier's is the work of God and we have His blessings to continue our service".
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Calcutta, Prof. Ashutosh Ghosh delivered the convocation address, welcoming the students into the fraternity of higher educational pursuit.
Father Provincial presided over the ceremony, invoking the holy presence of the Divine in every act and gesture of each Xaverian.
1972 students received their degrees, 7 professors were felicitated for achieving Ph.D. degrees and 21 gold medals instituted by various stakeholders were given out to students with extraordinary merit and academic credentials.
The XADAM presented a short cultural programme.
International Exchange Programme
Posted : 08 Jan 2017
As part of the International Exchange Programme, 12 students from Fordham University, NY arrived yesterday and have been housed in the College hostels.
Fr. Felix Raj SJ, Principal, along with Fr. Xavier Jeyaraj SJ, Prof. Ashish Mitra, Dr. Panchali Sen and Ms. Cheryl Francis welcomed them on 7th January 2017, In his welcome address Fr. Principal emphasized on the Jesuit link between the two Institutions. This was followed by a session on Social Analysis by Fr. Xavier Jeyaraj.
They will be here for a week and will be involved in service learning activities coordinated by the Department of social work and NSS. They will spend a day in Debipur village and visit the SXC Raghabpur campus. They spend two days with the Missionaries of Charity and a day at St. Joseph's Home for the aged along with some sightseeing.
We are also expecting a group from the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University who would be with us for one semester. Along with academic exchange they will be working with the NSS for their service learning experience.
Hindi Literary Society's Act of Mercy
Posted : 05 Jan 2017
With the blessings of Fathers and the support and guidance of our teachers, the Hindi Literary Society of St. Xavier's College, with the support of Prof. Sadhana Jha (Deputy President, HLS) and Prof. Kiran Singh, distributed blankets to 50 children of the orphanage, Siddharth United Social Welfare Mission, Chinar Park, Kolkata on 28th December 2016. There is indeed no greater joy than the joy of giving, which is an inherent element of the Xaverian spirit of Nihil Ultra.
Chief Minister at Xavier's Christmas Meet
Posted : 24 Dec 2016
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was at St. Xavier's on December 23rd evening for the College's annual Christmas Meet. She played Santa Claus to Xavier's promising an annual funding of Rs 7 crores to the new St. Xavier's University. She also announced the allotment of four and a half acres of land to St. Xavier's College in Asansol.
"Our congratulations to St. Xavier's and to Fr. 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 Father how much would be spent on salaries of staff," Mamata said.
She then announced with a magician - like flourish: "I can give you a little something. On behalf of our Government, we will give Rs 7 crore annually for the pay package."
A regular guest at the Christmas meet hosted by the Alumni Association of the College, Mamata had played Santa's role in 2012 when she handed over a formal letter to Fr. Felix Raj allocating 16.4 acres of land at Rajarhat for St. Xavier's University.
Fr. Felix Raj, Principal of the College, thanked the Chief Minister and the State Government for passing the St. Xavier's University Bill 2016 unanimously in the Assembly. " This sanction is a test, a challenge to all of us. It is a journey of commitment, concern and credibility towards reaching excellence in higher education. We pledge to honour it and raise it to the greater glory of God and to the welfare of the State of Bengal," he said.
Earler Rector Fr. Dominic Savio said an opening prayer invoking God's blessings on all gathered at the meet. Provincial Fr. Jeyaraj Veluswamy thanked the Chief Minister and her Government for the Christmas gift in the form of the St. Xavier's University.
On behalf of the Alumni Association, Firdausul Hasan, the Honorary Secretary presented a statue of Mother Mary with Child Jesus, made in Ausgram, Burdwan. " The vision 2020 of Fr. Felix Raj is becoming a reality. We shall continue to assist our St. Xavier" s University to emerge as one of the centres of excellence in the country," said Hasan.
The College choir consisting of students from the department of education and XADAM sang melodious carols and hymns as the Chief Minister and others cut a Christmas cake. The Chief Minister offered cake to all on the dais.
Courtesy: The Telegraph, Calcutta
The St. Xavier's University Kolkata Bill Passed in the WB Legislative Assembly
Posted : 16 Dec 2016
The St. Xavier's University, Kolkata, Bill, 2016, was unanimously passed in the West Bengal Assembly on 15th December 2016 paving the way for setting up the University at Rajarhat.
It is a historic moment for all Jesuits in Bengal, and St. Xavier's in particular. I would specially like to thank the Chief Minister, the Government of West Bengal and all the legislators for being supportive to our cause. I thank the drafting committee for their relentless effort. - Father Felix Raj, S.J., Principal.
Superior General of the Holy Cross Sisters visits the Hostels
Posted : 07 Dec 2016
Sister Eugene D'Souza, Superior General of the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanad, accompanied by Sister Lourdu Adaikalasamy, a General Councillor and Sister Cessy Scaria, Provincial Superior visited the College hostels at AJC Bose Road on Monday, December 5. They were welcomed by Fathers Felix Raj, Dominic Savio, Xavier Jeyaraj, Arulappan and Peter Arock.
The Province of Kolkata of the Holy Cross Sisters has given two Sisters - Sisters Amala and Sureka, to supervise the Mother Teresa hostel for girls. St. Xavier's College thanks Sisters Eugene and Cessy for their generous gesture and collaboration.
Father Kolvenbach dies
Posted : 27 Nov 2016
Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach S.J. (88), the 29th Superior General of the Society of Jesus from 1983-2008, died in Beirut.
He was the first Jesuit Superior General to resign, and many say his resignation paved the way for Pope Benedict XVI's resignation. After Father Adolfo Nicolás replaced him, he was asked what he would do next. Whatever my superiors ask me to, he said. In the end, he became assistant librarian at the Université of Saint-Joseph in Beirut.
The most moving part of his life in the General Curia came in how he left it. I often told reporters that a great story could be written about how one of the most powerful men in the Church was now working as an assistant librarian.
"But it would never get written," said someone who knew him well. "Why not?"
"He would never want to talk about himself. He's far too humble. "In 1988 he came to our novitiate in Boston as part of a larger visit to American Jesuits. Each novice was supposed to ask Father General one question. I asked, "Father General, how should we increase vocations?" I thought he'd talk about more advertising, more recruiting or more vocation directors. Instead he said, "Live your own vocation joyfully!
"Rest in Peace, Father Kolvenbach."
Fr. James Martin, SJ
A MOU has been signed with Macquarie University, Sydney
Posted : 22 Nov 2016
A MOU has been signed on 18th November, 2016 with Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Both institutions have agreed to establish Student and Faculty exchange programme to promote academic and cultural linkages, enrichment and understanding. Initially the exchange will take place at the Under Graduate level on a semester exchange basis. Second year students at the time of exchange, from the Departments of English, Political Sc. and Sociology, having no arrears in Semesters and maintaining minimum 75% attendance till date may apply.
International Exchange Programme
Posted : 31 Oct 2016
Seven students accompanied by Ms Cheryl Francis, Director of Social Work & NSS, have successfully completed the one month exchange programme at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University, Minnesota, USA.
While the students attended a variety of classes ranging from academics to working in the farm, Ms. Cheryl worked on the collaboration with Service Learning. She made a presentation on the Outreach works organized by St. Xavier's, which helped the host University to concretize their plans of collaborating their Service Learning as well, along with academic exchange.
Ms. Francis further met the Global Outreach Head and his team at Fordham University, New York. It was decided that a group of 12 students from Fordham would be doing a two-week experiential learning with the Social Work Department of St. Xavier's College from 4th to 14th January 2017. She met the guest students and gave them an orientation about the College, the people of West Bengal and the partner Communities.
Ms. Francis also met the Associate Dean of the Fordham School of Social Work and discussed possibilities of collaboration with MSW at St. Xavier's University, once it begins. The response was quite positive.
SXC team had a lot to learn. The students got a taste of the education system in US and the creative ways of conducting classes. They also got to learn about the America Culture, which stressed a lot on professionalism, punctuality, discipline and respect for one another. They too got an opportunity to share the Indian culture through dress, dance and cuisine. The Indian team hosted an Indian dinner on the occasion of Diwali.
Thanks to Joe Rogers and Jessica of SBSJ and
Paul Francis of Fordham Universities
respectively for their cooperation and
Pope Francis Visit GC36
Posted : 25 Oct 2016
There is a well-established tradition that on the occasion of a Jesuit General Congregation, the Holy Father meets with the delegates. So this Monday, 24 October, Pope Francis came discreetly to the curia at 7.30 morning and was greeted by Father General Arturo Sosa and the Superior of the Curia community, Father Joaquín Barrero.
These two accompanied him into the aula (GC hall), and the Pope participated in Morning Prayer with the delegates. The theme of the prayer, the good shepherd, had been chosen for the occasion. The members of the Congregation prayed for Pope Francis, as he often requests of all those he meets.
Pope Francis came to the General Congregation with a message. He gave an encouraging speech that set a direction. The speech gave a good idea of the manner in which he is coming to see the service of the Church and of the world that the Society of Jesus can offer, a relevant way connected to his own ministry. His whole intervention was characterized by an openness to what lies ahead, a call to go further, the way of journeying that allows Jesuits to go toward others and to walk with them on their own journey.
Quoting Saint Ignatius, the Pope recalled that a Jesuit is called to converse and thereby to bring life to birth "in every part of the world where a greater service of God and help for souls is expected." Precisely for this reason, the Jesuits must go forward, taking advantage of the situations in which they find themselves, always to serve more and better. This implies a way of doing things that aims for harmony in the contexts of tension that are normal in a world with diverse persons and missions. The Pope mentioned explicitly the tensions between contemplation and action, between faith and justice, between charism and institution, between community and mission.
NSS Puja Work Camp in Jhantipahari
Posted : 18 Oct 2016
The NSS unit of SXC is holding its Puja Work Camp at Mangaldeep Ashram in Jhantipahari near Bankura, October 14 to 20, 2016. Fr. Eric Tigga SJ, the Supeior of the Jesuit communities in Bankura district along with Fr. Xavier Jeyaraj SJ, the Camp coordinator inaugurated the camp.
Appreciating the initative of St. Xavier's College 'to reach the unreached' through NSS, Fr. Eric thanked the students for their contribution to the Ashram and encouraged the students to make the best use of the opportunity to learn more about the lives of millions of daily labourers particularly the adivasis.
Around 42 students from all three campuses of SXC along with Prof. Kiran Singh and Fr. Xavier Jeyaraj are participating in this camp. The students work for almost 5-8 hours a day making a road for the School children of the Ashram, preparing the field for vegitable cultivation for the Ashramites, making the drainage and helping in the construction of part of the compound wall in the Ashram.
The students, after a short prayer conducted by Fr. Xavier, start the work early in the morning at 6.30 am and work till noon with small breaks for breakfast and tea and continue working even after lunch. The enthusiasm of the students is quite amazing and encouraging. Everyday in the evening Fr. Xavier Jeyaraj gave them some input on the socio, economic and cultural reality of the adivasis, particularly the Santals.
On two evenings, the campers also visited two nearby villages and did a small survey based on a questionnaire to listen and learn practically from the people themselves about their life and culture.
The NSS staff members, Mr. Indrajit Das and Goutam Roy along with the students volunteers lohave done an amazing job to ensure that everything goes smoothly and the works are completed in time.
Fr. Jayakumar and Br. Abraham, the Ashram directors, left no stone unturned to make the camp a memorable and an enriching one.
Xavier's Alumni Hold National Meet
Posted : 26 Oct 2016
More than 150 members of the Association met in the Indian city of Jaipur on 15 October 2016. The Conference began with the prayer where all members of SXCCAA and their spouses led by Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ, Principal, St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, prayed for the new General of the Jesuit Order, Rev. Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, who was elected only on the previous day. The gathering also welcomed the new General with posters having the picture of the new General with a message of welcome to him from the St. Xavier's Association, displayed prominently in the venue of the conference.
In the First Technical Session devoted to Jesuit Values, there was a presentation of GC 36 discussing its background and the process of the election of the new General. The Conference also paid rich tribute to St. Teresa of Calcutta on conferment of Sainthood to her as St. Xavier's Kolkata was blessed by her several visits to the campus as a good neighbour. The second day of the conference began with the play back of the video of the opening prayer song of October 5 in the gathering room of the General Congregation: The Kingdom of God is Justice and Peace.
Posted : 26 Oct 2016
The Saint Xavier's College Calcutta Alumni Association is holding its second National Meet, Looking Beyond II at the Le Meridien hotel, in the pink city of Jaipur October 14 - 17, 2016. Around 150 Xaverians are attending the event. Father Felix Raj, Principal is very much with them. He addressed the delegates on SXC Vision 2020 followed by an interesting interactive session.
The main highlights of the meet include: felicitation of outstanding alumni, Conference on Bengal and Rajasthan Cultural heritage and Business, Cultural programme, fellowship and network, sight seeing and an Exhibition cricket match between the alumni of SXS Jaipur and SXC Kolkata.
The education minister, Mr. Kalycharan Saraf was the chief guest for the inaugural function on October 15. He applauded the Jesuits for their enormous service to education in India particularly in Rajasthan. The Rector, Fr. Glenn Menezes and the Principal, Fr. John Ravi of St. Xavier's School, Jaipur were present at the inaugural ceremony.
The delegates paid their tribute to St. Teresa of Calcutta. They also felicitated in absentia the new General of the Jesuits, Father Arturo Sosa and prayed for him. The panel discussion on Jesuit thought and values added a special richness to the Meet and enlightened the delegates and local invitees on the Jesuit Charism and mission.
Father Felix Raj thanked Mr. Sanjay Gupta, an alumnus of SXC and the General manager of the Le Meridien hotel for his Xaverian quality hospitality. Sanjay had thrown open the entire hotel at the disposal of Xaverians. Fr. Felix Raj's invitation to the Xaverians to participate in the Vision 2020 had an enthusiastic response. Father also thanked the Alumni association for their deep sentiments and loyalty to their alma mater.
The convenors, Mr. Umesh Goenka and Mr. Arun
Bhatter have organised the Meet exceptionally
well. It was decided in the technical chapter
meeting on 16th that the next national meet,
Looking Beyond III in 2017 would be held in
Mumbai. Nihil Ultra.
The 36th GC of the Society of Jesus convened in Rome
Jesuits elect a new General
Rome - Friday, October 14, 2016
Father Arturo Sosa, 67, is the first Latin-American leader to head the Society of Jesus, the largest religious Order, that was started in 1540. He has become the 31st General or the 30th successor of St Ignatius of Loyola, who founded the Order.
Around 212 delegates from across the world, representing nearly 17,000 Jesuits worldwide, elected Father Sosa. T hey were attending the 36th general congregation of the Order, its highest legislative body.
The Venezuelan General's past curiously parallels that of the first Jesuit Pope Francis. Like Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who steered his divided Jesuit province through the 1970s Argentine dictatorship, the new Jesuit chief was Venezuelan provincial between 1996 and 2004, when his province had differed with the dictatorship of Hugo Chávez.
Prior to his appointment as provincial, he was in charge of the social apostolate of the Jesuits in Venezuela, which included the massive poor-school Jesuit network, Fe y Alegría. He was also head of the Centro Gumilla, the Jesuit-run social and action research center.
For more details please see the link: http://gc36.org/gc36-new-father-general/
The outgoing General and the new Generals met Pope Francis after the election.
The 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus which began on October 2, in the Jesuit headquarters in Rome close to the Vatican City, has elected Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, of the Venezuela, Superior General of the international Jesuit Order. Pope Francis has gladly given his Papal approval for the election.
In accordance with the Formula of the General Congregation (No. 84. 1), the interim Vicar General, Father James E. Grummer, S.J., made the following proclamation:
Since in a complete and legitimate Congregation, after comparing all the votes, a majority of all of them have nominated and elected Reverend Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, I, by the authority of the Apostolic See and of the entire Society, declare the aforesaid Reverend Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, elected as General of the Society of Jesus, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Father Arturo Sosa Abascal was born in Caracas, Venezuela, on November 12, 1948. He was in charge of the International houses and Works of the Society of Jesus in Rome. He is a Doctor in Political Sciences from the Universidad Central de Venezuela.
Father Arturo Sosa peaks Spanish, Italian, English and understands French.
Posted : 03 Oct 2016
Election of Secretaries:
On October 7th, the delegates of the 36th Congregation elected the three major officials of the General Congregation:
- Father Luis Orlando Torres, a Jesuit from Puerto Rico and a member of the USA Central and Southern Province (UCS) as Secretary of the Congregation. At present he is the rector of the Jesuit Community of Collegio Internationale del Gesu in Rome.
- Father Agnelo Macarenhas from Goa Province. As the first Assistant Secretary. He is also the Under Secretary of the Society at the General Curia in Rome.
- Father Francisco Javier (Patxi) Alvarez from the Spanish Province as the second Assistant Secretary. He works in the General Curia as Secretary for Social Justice and Ecology.
- Their principal task is to prepare, throughout the Congregation, the Acts of the Congregation, and all the official documents that will be used by members.
Election of the New General:
Murmuratio (Reflective chat between two persons), part of the election process, will be observed from October 10 to 13th and the election of the new General has been postponed to October 14.
In December 2014, Fr. Adolfo Nicolás SJ (80), who served as the Jesuits' leader since 2008, announced his intention to resign and summoned the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus, which began on October 2, 2016 in the Jesuit Curia, Rome. A general congregation is the supreme governing body of the Society of Jesus.
In it's 476-year history, the Society of Jesus has had 30 Superior Generals. On October 10, 2016, the Society will elect its 31st General. Among the 220 plus delegates representing 16, 376 Jesuits from around the world who are attending the congregation are 46 delegates from South Asia. The Congregation is recommended to your valuable prayers.
JCPA: Faculty Development Programme
Posted : 09 Oct 2016
A Faculty Development Programme was organised by the Jesuit College Principals Association of Kolkata and Darjeeling Province (JCPAKDP) from 24th September to 27th September, 2016 at Loyola Pastoral Centre, Matigara.
Twenty one faculty members from five different colleges had participated in the programme. The inaugural session was conducted by Fr. Dr. Donatus Kujur, S.J., Principal, St. Joseph's College, Darjeeling.
The following days commenced with the sessions by Fr. Shajumon Chakalakal, S.J., Principal St. Joseph's School Darjeeling, Fr. Lawrence Maniyar, S.J., Assistant Professor, Loyola College of Eudcation, Namchi, Fr. Cherian Padiyara, S.J. and Dr. Sandhya Rai, Principal, Loyola College of Education, Namchi and Fr. Dr. Lalit Tirkey, S.J., Director, HLRDC respectively.
The leadership programme highly enriched the members and spread awareness on Jesuit Charism and the Jesuit Way of Life. Many fruitful group activities were conducted which helped the faculty members interact meaningfully amongst themselves. It was an intellectually stimulated programme which made them introspect and return as better human beings.
London Xaverian Meet:
Posted : 02 Oct 2016
Father Felix Raj, Principal, St. Xavier's College met Mr. LN Mittal on September 30th evening in latter's residence at Kensington Palace Gardens and briefed him about the progress of work at Rajarhat campus of St. Xavier's. It is to be noted that Mr. MIttal, an alumnus of the College is participating in the SXC Vision 2020.
Mr. Mittal enquired about the Jesuit Fathers, College faculty and the courses conducted at SXC. Father Felix Raj has invited him for the inauguration of the the Rajarhat campus and the academic session in July 2017.
Fr. Felix Raj and Mr. Firdausul Hasan, Honorary Secretary of the College Alumni Association, had a dinner meeting on the same day at an alumnus, Mr. Sudhir Maheshwari's house with the committee members of the London Chapter( Sudhir, Rajan Tandon, Kuntal Roychowdhury, RC Saraf, Manik Dey and Chiradip) and discussed with them about the activities of the Chapter, and the ways and means of taking it forward productively.
Father met the London alumni/ae on October 1 afternoon and presented the SXUK Vision 2020. It was a fruitful meeting with meaningful interactions with all present. The London alumni will have a follow up meeting to plan for a fellowship gathering for all Xaverians in London by December and a fund-raising program sometime in March - April 2017.
Report on Confluence XI
Posted : 17 Sep 2016
2016 has proved to be another successful year in the history of Xavier's Economic Society, as it organized Confluence, the Annual Summit, for the eleventh consecutive year.
The event, which was held on the 16th of September, garnered widespread recognition from all over the country, with participants from the likes of Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Miranda House, and Symbiosis School of Economics, Pune.
Confluence XI was graced by Mr. Rajib Banerjee, Hon'ble Minister of Irrigation & Waterways, West Bengal, also an alumnus of St. Xavier's College, (Autonomous), Kolkata. Fr. Principal Rev. Dr. J. Felix Raj and Mr. Rajib Banerjee, shared their insights regarding the theme, with the captured audience.
The theme of the event, "India: An Emerging Giant or An Uncertain Glory" was aimed at exploring socio-economic dynamics of a postmodern India. Even with her all-inclusive economic growth and her stupendous ascent up the diplomatic ladder, India is still riddled with the existence of a darker picture comprising mass poverty, immigration, unemployment and environmental degradation.
The issue, which provoked an optimist-versus-pessimist debate, was dissected ruthlessly by proponents belonging to both the categories at the various events like Paper Presentation, Panel Discussion, and Debate. Other events like, the Quiz & HAM, the Flagships and Mock Stock Game further supplemented this immense theme.
Students deliberated intensely on the 4 topics of the Paper Presentation ('Health, Education & Growth', 'Environment & Inclusive Growth', 'International Factor Mobility & Development', 'Inflation, Growth & Monetary Policy'), and were tested rigorously in the Q&A session by the judges The Panel Discussion, which was aimed at diagnosing the very perceptible problems of the minute facets of the Indian informal sector created an academically mesmerizing aura at the auditorium. Moderated by Prof. Raghabendra Chattopadhyay, the interactive session between the panelists, Prof. Kausik Gupta, Prof. Rajat Acharyya, Prof. Saumya Chakrabarti, and the audience of both students and teachers, proved to be of paramount benefit to all.
The Debate Finals proved to be an intellectually stimulating contest, with the sides arguing for and against the adoption of a One-Child policy. The programme culminated on a high note, with our principal presenting the awards to the winners.
In a resonating conclusion, Confluence XI established that India, even with its myriad of impediments in its potential growth, could effectively address and ameliorate its problems through policy-induced governmental undertakings, coupled with a voluntary mass participation in economic activities.
- Prof. Pia Ghoshal
Student Leadership Programme - A Report
Posted : 16 Sep 2016
A student leadership programme was organised by the Jesuit College Principals Association of Kolkata and Darjeeling Provinces (JCPAKDP). The Chairperson of this association is Rev. Fr. J. Felix Raj, S.J., Principal and Prof. S. Sarkar, Vice-Principal, St. Xavier's College, Kolkata are the Chairperson and honorary secretary respectively. Five colleges had participated in the programme, held from 9th to 12th September, 2016 at the Loyola Pastoral Centre, Matigara.
The leadership programme highly enriched the students and spread awareness on the Jesuit charism and way of life. Many group activities were conducted which helped the students to interact amongst themselves. The seminars made the students aware of the social issues like child abuse, human trafficking etc. The students also learnt the key aspects of leadership.
One day was dedicated to social service wherein the students visited Jesu Ashram, a place of treatment for the poorest of the poor. It was a once in a lifetime experience to meet the people there and to hear their life experiences. It presented them with an opportunity to give back and help them in every possible way.
A Report on Teacher's Day Celebration by the Department of Education
Dated : 11 Sep 2016
The Department of Education, St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata celebrated Teacher's Day with a short cultural programme. Respected Father Principal, Dr. J. Felix Raj, S.J., Vice-Principal of the Department of Education, Professor S. Sarkar, Professors of the department and students joined in the celebrations.
The cultural programme depicted the diverse cultures of India through different dance forms. This was followed by Father Principal's encouraging and inspiring message on the privilege and honour of being a teacher. His words of wisdom greatly touched the hearts of all present.
On this memorable and wonderful occasion, Respected Father Principal, Vice-Principal and the professors of the department were felicitated. The celebration was marked by a unique and highly ingenious gesture of love and token of gratitude as a wheelchair was presented to the Department of Education by the students. This truly stood out as remarkable and memorable highlight of the Teacher's Day celebration.
Mangalam - A Village Project by the Department of Education
Dated : 11 Sep 2016
The Department of Education has launched a village adoption project called 'Mangalam'. The two villages adopted are Anandanagar and Dakshinpally in Howrah district.
Through 'Mangalam' the Department of Education seeks to spread the Jesuit charism of preparing and forming men and women for others by imparting quality education amongst the less fortunate. The project is spearheaded by the Vice Principal of the Department of Education with two teacher co-ordinators Dr. Charlotte Simpson Veigas and Prof. Dona Das Sengupta respectively. Fr. Principal congratulates the department and wishes them all the best in their mission.
Central Library RFID Security System Inaugurated
Dated : 02 Sep 2016
On 2nd September 2016 Fr. Verstraeten Central Library organized the reinstallation of RFID-enabled Self-Circulation Kiosk and Gate Security System. Fr. Principal inaugurated these systems in the presence of Vice Principals, Deans, HODs, Professors-in-charge, the library staff and the students. Fr. Xavier Jeyaraj, SJ, Assistant Director of Central Library introduced the system to everyone.
Fr. Principal and a library staff member tested the security system with the RFID and without the RFID respectively. To everyone's loud cheer, Fr. Principal passed through the security gate without an alarm, while the staff member was caught with a loud alarm, making everyone alert. It was proved that the Security system was functioning properly. The system has been officially introduced in the library.
Father Felix Raj Honoured with Sikha Ratna award
Posted : 05 Sep 2016
On Monday, September 5, the first Feast Day of Saint Teresa of Kolkata cum Teachers' Day, Father Felix Raj, our Principal was honoured with the prestigious SIKHA RATNA Award by the State Government of West Bengal at a State-level function organised at Nazrul Manch.
In the absence of the Honourable Chief Minister who is in Rome, the State Higher Education Minister, Shri Partha Chatterjee handed over the award. Earlier the State Government had conferred on him the State's highest award, BANGA BIBHUSHAN in 2014.
Visit to Cancer Hospital
Posted : 19 Aug 2016
The third year students of St. Xavier's College Raghabpur campus had a memorable experience at the Saroj Gupta Cancer Centre and Research Institute, Thakurpukur on 18th of August 2016. An orientation was organized for the students and they would be visiting the hospital on a regular basis.
They met the Director, Dr. Arnab Gupta, who welcomed them warmly. Mrs. Rita Das, the Chief Coordinator, Communication and Development, was kind enough to coordinate the visit along with the Director of Social Work and NSS of St. Xavier's College, Ms. Cheryl Francis.
Prof. Kenneth Regan at college campus
Posted : 11 Aug 2016
Prof. Kenneth Regan of the State University of NY, Buffalo visited St. Xavier's College along with Prof. Amlan Chakrabarti of University of Calcutta on August 11, 2016 and met Fr. Principal in presence of Prof. Shalabh Agarwal, HOD Computer Science Department. In an informal discussion, he discussed about his research interest and his professional engagements. He was presented with the College magazine, Xaverian-2016.
Prof. Kenneth delivered a lecture on "Theory of Computing" and discussed with the students various topics on Computer Science like, Quantum Computing, Artificial Intelligence and P & NP problems. He also answered several queries of students.
He spent about an hour with the faculty members and discussed on various topics of common interest on Computer Science.
Canonisation of Mother Teresa
Posted : 09 August 2016
Pope John Paul II (now St. John Paul II) beatified Mother Teresa on October 19, 2003. Her beatification, the first step on the path to sainthood, was the fastest ever in the history of canonization.
His Holiness Pope Francis will declare Mother Teresa of Kolkata a saint on September 4, 2016 at St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, in Rome. He will declare her a saint of the universal Church, on the day he has set aside for the celebration of the Jubilee for volunteers and workers of Mercy, since Mother is a symbol of God's mercy for the poor and the marginalized of this world.
The canonization of Mother Teresa gives us an opportunity to reflect deeply 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, hymn of compassion. The city of Kolkata shall shine in her holiness. I wish and pray that her Sainthood washes away our sinfulness.
Mother believed that God is specially revealed in the mystery of the human person who is 'created in the image and likeness of God' - she probed the meaning of human life and arrived at the radical goodness that resides in every individual.
She has inspired thousands of followers in several nations as well as individuals around the globe. World leaders have recognized her as an inspiration. She was one among us, one among the poor, dying and destitute. She identified herself with them. She demonstrated that a person could live a faith-filled life even when in agony and doubt.
Her message is universal. No matter what religion a person belongs to, or even if they don't believe at all, Mother Teresa's message is to serve with love. "Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love".
Mother Teresa was misunderstood - critics blamed her for working for conversion. Didn't Judas, one of the Apostles betray Jesus Christ? In her epic years as a missionary, Mother has not converted a single person to a particular religious faith. She converted many, to the communion of Humanity, beyond considerations of parochial religious culture.
I have had a close association with Mother. On many occasions, I had brought Mother Teresa in touch with Calcutta youth. Whenever I invited her to St. Xavier's College to address the staff and students, she was there with her characteristic smile, humility and a presence that created an atmosphere of prayer and veneration. She was always inspiring and every time she met the youth, she had a message for them. Whenever I invited her for youth programmes, she never said 'No'.
About thirty years ago I had met Mother Teresa in Mother House. I had just been ordained as a priest. As soon as she came to greet me she stretched out her hand and touched my feet - I hastily withdrew; she said, 'you are a new priest and I want your blessing.' I said 'who am I in front of you?' She responded in her humble way 'as a priest you are the image of Christ to me. So it is you who must bless me.' When I asked for her blessings she gave me a Rosary and said 'Pray for me and for my work for the destitute and dying'. I discovered in this lady the divine dispensation that reached the core of my heart. Every word she spoke, every touch and every look exuded a transformative tint.
We are eagerly awaiting the canonization of Mother as Saint. We would have preferred our Holy Father to canonize Mother in the very city where she lived and served. It would have been a momentous gift from the Pope to the people of this country.
Now that the canonization will be officially
held in Rome, in St. Peter's Square on September
4, 2016, we express our gratitude to Pope
Francis for his extraordinary gesture of
approving the canonization of Mother Teresa. The
following words of Mother have always inspired
Blood Donation Camp
Posted : 02 Aug 2016
The NSS team of the College successfully organised yet another Blood Donation Camp despite being challenged by heavy rains since morning on August 2. Fr. Principal who inaugurated the camp at 7.00 am congratulated the NSS team for their efforts and said "I am happy about the sustainability of this camp year after year and the Xaverian way in which it is organised."
Thanks to all the donors who kept up the spirit of Nihil Ultra - Nothing Beyond! The total donor count for this year was 792. In 2014 and 2015 the donor counts were 770 and 834 respectively.
Posted : 30 July 2016
Principal, Fr. John Felix Raj, S.J., released the 'Magis', the interdisciplinary ISSN research journal of the Department of Education at the conference room of the department on 29th July, 2016.
Father Principal congratulated the Managing Editor, Professor Swati Sarkar, the assistant editors, Dr. Mandira Mukherjee and Dr. Sunita Singh for their relentless effort and dedication to aid the publication of volume five of the journal.
The journal steps into the current dynamic era of exemplary research and discourse in the field of education, and has been providing a platform for insightful and diligent writings since its inception.
Students' Council Election
Posted : 27 July 2016
The St. Xavier's College Kolkata Students' Council election was held on Wednesday, July 27th. The new Council members with Fr. Principal and other faculty members.
Posted : 20 July 2016
The department of Commerce organised a Lecture Series on "Indian Financial Markets - Issues and Policy" on July 18, 2016 as part of the decadal celebrations of Autonomy to St. Xavier's College at Fr. Depelchin auditorium. Fr. Felix Raj, the Principal inaugurated the seminar.
The lectures were delivered by Dr. Partha Ray, professor of Economics, IIM, Calcutta and Dr. Kumarjit Mandal, Associate professor, Department of Economics, University of Calcutta respectively. A large number of students attended the lectures and participated in the interactive sessions.
An Art Exhibition of the 'Oriental Scenery'
Posted : 20 July 2016
An Art Exhibition of the 'Oriental Scenery'
by the famous British Painters, Thomas and
William Daniell as well as the Old Calcutta
paintings of William Wood and James B. Fraser
will be hosted by the Goethals Indian Library &
Research Society at The Goethals Library, (2nd Floor
above the Main Chapel), St. Xavier's College, 30
Mother Teresa Sarani, Kolkata, from 18-23 July,
The curios and antiques of the library will also be put on display during the exhibition.
Time: 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.
DST Sponsored Project
Posted : 29 June 2016
St. Xavier's College Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC) in association with the PG Department of
Microbiology and R.M. Clinical Laboratories Private
Limited, Kolla Villa, Gariahat Road, Kolkata,
organised a month-long workshop on "Advanced
Laboratory Technique." The workshop was sponsored by
There were around 43 participants from 1. St. Xavier's College, 2. Scottish Church College and 3. Howrah Girls' College.
The Valedictory Function of the Workshop was held on 29 June, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in 'Fr. D' Souza Hall'.
Dr. Partha Pratim Roy, CEO of R.M. Lab was present at the function. Fr. Principal congratulated the organisers and participants.
Posted : 23rd to 26th June 2016
The momentum of College to village and village to College is still going strong at Xavier's. The 12th Prayas Camp (Village to College) was held from 23rd to 26th June 2016 in the College campus. The theme of the camp was: "Andhokarer Utsho Hote Utsharito Aalo". The camp was inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Felix Raj, SJ, Principal, St. Xavier's College, Kolkata. "It will be a matter of pride for us if rural students study in our College," expressed Fr. Principal in his inaugural address.
The campers this year numbering 65, included
class 9 to 12 students from Bholakhali Adivasi
Shiksha Niketan and Debipur village. During the
four days, the rural students were kept engaged
by an enthusiastic group of Xaverians led by the
NSS Board Members. They had English sessions to
work on, personality development classes and
group dynamics. The second day was spent
sightseeing. They saw the Howrah Bridge,
Calcutta Docks, Vidyasagar Setu. They spent a
long time at BITM and Victoria Memorial. They
also visited Mother Teresa's tomb.
Fr. Principal, in his Valedictory address on the 26th thanked the NSS team for their hard work and dedication. Father encouraged the campers to work hard and join St. Xavier's College in future. Not only the campers but the College students also benefited from this camp. "Earlier I was very self centred but from this camp I learnt to be more generous, sensitive and caring", said Vanshika Damani of B. Com Evening. "As a girl I have understood the value of myself and how I need to stand on my own feet", said Jhilik Das, a camper from Bholakhali.
The Best Camper male and female awards were given to Suvankar Patro and Jhilik Das respectively. All the campers received a group photograph and a certificate.
The NSS Director, Cheryl Francis, expressed her gratitude to Fr. Principal who was the driving force behind all the outreach initiatives. She thanked the NSS Board members and all the volunteers for making Prayas Camp 2016 a grand success. Special mention needs to be made about the Alumni Association members who sponsored the Valedictory lunch and who were always present to support any cause taken up by the NSS.
Visit to the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University, Minnesota
Posted : 11 June 2016
During their visit to the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University, Minnesota, May 10-15, Fr. Felix Raj, Principal and Prof Swati Sarkar, Vice Principal of the Department of Education had a fruitful meeting with Dr. Michael Hemesath, President of St. John's and Dr. Mary Dana Hinton, President of St. Benedict. They agreed to carry forward the existing collaboration between the two institutions for mutual benefits. Fr. Felix Raj extended a warm invitation to Dr. Hemesath and Dr. Hinton to visit St. Xavier's College. Thanks to Joseph Rogers, Director of the Centre for Global Education, CSBSJU for his coordination of various programmes and warm hospitality.
They also visited five other Universities in United States (State University of New York, Oswego, Fordham University, New York, St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Santa Clara University, San Francisco and Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles) to explore possibilities of Faculty and Student Exchange Programmes with Teacher Education Departments.
A series of meetings were attended where preliminary discussions were held on exchange programmes. The response of the institutions was overwhelming. They expressed their interest for closer collaborations with St. Xavier's College, Kolkata. The college is working out programmes as per various dimensions of the discussion with a view to organize concrete programmes in future.
ICT ROOM INAUGURATION
Posted : 07 May 2016
Rev. Fr. Felix Raj, Principal, inaugurated a state of the art ICT Room on 5th May 2016 at the Department of Education, St. Xavier's College in the presence of the vice-principals, deans, professors, staff members, students and other dignitaries. The ICT Room is set up as part of the College's mission to provide contemporary facilities for innovation in teaching-learning experience for the students and professors.
The room is equipped with Smart Classroom and Video-Conferencing system having recording facilities through storage in a server. Additionally, the system has interactive panel, visualizer, document camera and a portable digital writing pad. The resources in the ICT room will provide professors immense opportunities to introduce innovative teaching methods for improved learning experience for the students.
Fr. Principal expressed his happiness and thanked all the people involved in the implementation of the system. He informed that the College has plans to increase the number of such rooms in near future and urged the professors to utilize the facilities to the maximum.
Prof. Shalabh Agarwal
Posted : 02 May 2016
The Workers of the World commemorate May 1st every year as the Feast of Saint Joseph, the archetypal Worker.
On Sunday, May 1st, 2016, Father Principal, Fr. Peter Arock, Hostel Superintendent, Mr. H. R. Sharma and the Sisters of the Girls' Hostel joined the twenty five Support Staff members of the twin Hostels at A. J. Bose Road for a solemn celebration of this auspicious day. During high tea organised by the Hostel members, Father Principal thanked all for their dedicated service. As a gesture of affection, appreciation and acknowledgement Father presented a memento to each member.
Father Principal, along with all present, pledged solidarity to the cause and concern of worthy work and selfless service that dissolve all barriers between families, nations and souls.
American Students from CSBSJU
Posted : 30 April 2016
Nine American students accompanied by two faculty members from the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University, Minnesota completed their one semester studies from January to April 2016 successfully at St. Xavier's College.It is part of the academic exchange programmes between the two institutions. Fr. Felix Raj, Principal of the College hosted a farewell lunch to the guests on April 29. They are returning home on April 30 to continue their remaining semesters in CSBSJU.
Principal meets parent at Raghabpur Campus : 16 April 2016
Posted : 16 April 2016
The Raghabpur campus organized a parents' meeting on April 16 in two sessions. Around 160 parents attended the meeting. In the first session Fr. Johnson Padiyara and teachers of the campus introduced the campus and explained to them the requirement of attendance, discipline, procedure of mentoring, evaluation system, counseling facilities and other rules and regulations of the College. The session was very interactive as the parents actively participated in the discussion.
In the second session, Fr. Rector, Fr. Principal and Prof. Ashis Mitra met the parents. Fr. Principal released the wall magazine of the campus. Fr. Dominic Savio in his address emphasized that St. Xavier's was the first Jesuit College to start a rural campus in India. Fr. Principal congratulated the staff and students for their academic and other achievements. He suggested to them to publish a printed magazine from the coming year. He mentioned that St. Xavier's is committed to the development of the Raghabpur campus for the benefit of rural students. Prof. Ashis Mitra informed about the communicative English and computer classes conducted in the campus for skill development. Parents thanked the Fathers for starting a campus in Raghabpur and gave suggestions for further improvements. Lunch was served for all parents at the end of the meeting.
'Haath Se Haath Milaake Chalo'
Posted : 20 April 2016
The Department of Education of St Xavier's College, in collaboration with Asha Nayan, an organisation for the marginalized sections of society managed by Salesians of Don Bosco, organised community extension programme named 'Haath Se Haath Milaake Chalo' on 10/4/16. The students organised various cultural programmes involving the children of Asha Nayan. Brother Noel Ekka, the in-charge of Asha Nayan, Prof. Dr. Mandira Mukherjee, children of Asha Nayan and the students of the cultural club of the department joined hands to make this endeavor successful.
JCPADC Meeting Darjeeling
Posted : 11 April 2016
A Meeting of the Jesuit College Principals' Association of Darjeeling and Calcutta Provinces (JCPADC) was held at St. Joseph's College, Darjeeling on April 8-9, 2016. The meeting was preceded by a session on 'Autonomous Colleges' to all the faculty members of SJC Darjeeling by Fr. Felix Raj and Prof. Swati Sarkar.
The members of JCPA express heartfelt gratitude to Fr. Donatus Kujur, the Principal of St. Joseph's College, Darjeeling for his warm hospitality. The JCPA has successfully completed one fruitful year.
The JCPA will organise Faculty Development Programme and Student Leadership Programme in the current academic year as it did last year. The next meeting of JCPA will be held in November at St.Xavier's College, Rajgunj.
Posted : 23 March 2016
The Department of Education of St Xavier's College, in collaboration with Ashalayam, an organisation for the marginalised sections of society, organised philanthropic activities named 'Lending Love' on 21/3/16. Fr Alfred, the director of Ashalayam, Prof. Swati Sarkar, Vice Principal of Department of Education, faculty members, children of Ashalayam and students of the department joined hands to make this endeavour successful.
Posted : 23 March 2016
The Multimedia and Animation department of SXC organized "e'lan 2016", a two-day UGC sponsored seminar cum annual festival in collaboration with EMMRC Kolkata on March 21-22. Actor, Prosenjit Chatterjee along with Chetan Sharma, an animation Film Maker inaugurated the program.
Actress Gargi Roy Chowdhury graced the concluding ceremony on 22nd evening. Father Principal congratulated Fr. Dejus and his team of professors and students on their successful organization.
One-day UGC Sponsored National Conference on "Redefining Business Vision: Issues and Challenges"
Posted : 19 March 2016
The Department of Commerce and Business Administration successfully organized a One-day UGC Sponsored National Conference on "Redefining Business Vision: Issues and Challenges" in collaboration with the Department of Commerce of the University of Calcutta, on March 19, 2016. The Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Calcutta, Prof. Swagata Sen, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Eminent academicians and industrialists participated in the Conference and enlightened the audience on the diverse discourses of the present and future perspectives of the issue.
Fr. Principal congratulates Prof. Rajib Dasgupta, Head of the Department of Commerce, University of Calcutta and Dr. S. K. Basu, Dean of M. Com of St. Xavier's College for their efficient coordination in organizing the Conference.
The Principal of St. Xavier's College, Rev. Felix Raj released "Ode to Expression"
Posted : 19 March 2016
The Principal of St. Xavier's College, Rev. Felix Raj released "Ode to Expression", the annual Magazine of The English Academy of the College on March 19, 2016 at the Rohinton Kapadia Central Hall.
Father Principal congratulated Prof. Chandrani Biswas and the Student Members of The English Academy for their camaraderie and coordination. The Magazine steps into its sixth year of publication. Over the years, it has been showcasing the creative impulses of the diverse academic community of St. Xavier's College.
Posted : 15 March 2016
As a preparation for Easter, St. Xavier's College and Morning Star College jointly organised two public lectures on Christ's Death and Resurrection in the St. Xavier's College campus on 12th & 13th March, 2016.
The lectures were delivered by Fr. Dr. John Romus, Dean of Theology, Morning Star College and Fr. Dr. Selva Rathinam S.J., President, Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune.
The public lectures were attended by a large number of Fathers, Sisters and the Laity. The Talks were inspiring and enriching.
Dr. Ashoke Nath and Prof. Shalabh Agarwal are visiting the Community Learning Centre of Northern Sri Lanka, March 10 - 14
Posted : 12 March 2016
They participated in the graduation ceremonies at Mannar and Vavuniya where SXC offers a computer course to refugee students in collaboration with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and JC:HEM.
They will have meetings with the local leaders to assess the outcome and find ways to improve the course.
The SRCC Business Conclave
Posted : 8 March 2016
The SRCC Business Conclave, organised by the Canadian Embassy in India was held in New Delhi between 3-5 February, 2016. A team of 10 students from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, participated and won prizes.
Two of them, Divyanshu Damani & Aakash Khemka received the 'Grand Prize' of a ten -day study tour to Canada on coming first in the competition.The prizes were distributed to them in a small ceremony organised at SXC on the 7th of March, 2016, by the Counsellor & Head, Advocacy Programme, High Commission of Canada in India, Ms. Marie-Josee Charbonneau.The ceremony was attended by the Principal of the College Rev. Fr. J. Felix Raj,S.J., Vice Principals, Member Secretary, Academic Council and members of the Students' Council of the College.
St. Xavier's College Kolkata invited on campus the Bangladesh Women's National Basketball team
Posted : 8 March 2016
St. Xavier's College Kolkata invited on campus the Bangladesh Women's National Basketball team for a friendly match with our College Women's Basketball team on Monday 7th March.
The game was inaugurated by our Principal Rev Fr. Felix Raj with a message of friendship and lasting ties. Fr. Felix Raj felicitated Mr. Mainul Ahsan - Vice President of the Bangladesh Basketball Federation and was introduced to the teams before the match commenced.
The renditions of the National Anthems of both countries imbibed a great spirit in the players who played out a sporting match. Though the score line read 41-21 in favour of St. Xavier's College, it was a historic experience for both the teams. Thanks to our sports director, Feroza Mogrelia and coaches.
Her Excellency Katabarumwe Regine
Posted : 1st March 2016
Her Excellency Katabarumwe Regine, Ambassador of Burundi to India and the Hon'ble Consul General of Burundi, Shri Arpan Mitra visited SXC on Monday, February 29 and interacted with Father Principal and the Core Committee members on academic collaboration between SXC and Burundi.
workshop organised by the Department of Microbiology and EDC
28 Participants (from Jogmaya Devi College, Scottish Church College, Howrah Bijoy Krishna Girls College and SXC) of a DST sponsored one month workshop on Mushroom Cultivation and Plant Tissue Culture, with Fr. Principal, Prof Kasturi Sarkar and Prof. Arup Kr Mitra. The workshop organised by the Department of Microbiology and EDC was inaugurated by Fr. Principal on March 1 in Room 15. The workshop focuses on cultivation, physiology and genetics of edible mushroom.
The new Board of SXC NSS Unit took office
Posted : 1st March 2016
The new Board of SXC NSS Unit took office on February 29. The Board members are seen with Father Principal and Ms Chery Francis, NSS director. Father Principal thanked the outgoing Board members for their dedicated service to the College through social commitment.
Sanyog & Xavullash
Posted : 26 Feb 2016
The Bengali Literary Society in association with the SXC Alumni Association organized SANYOG & XAVULLASH 2016 from February 5th to 22nd. Fr. Principal declared the event open on February 4 evening in the midst of cheering students. "Puronor Sathe Notun er Pothe egiye jaak sobai. Nihil Ultra".
The SANYOG Torch travelled to Dhaka University, SXC Mumbai, JNU New Delhi, Singapore, SXC Rajgunj, Asansol and Burdwan and finally reached Bagladesh Dy High Commission on February 19. On February 20, Staff and students of the College carried the torch in a procession from the College hostels to the main campus.
The torch was received by Fr. Principal, Fr. Rector, Bishop Linus Gomes and Shri Gautam Deb, Minister, North Bengal Development. The purpose of this project was to celebrate the International Mother Language Day across the globe. Congratulations to Bengali Literary Society Students for their wonderful organization.
Department of Education
Posted : 23 Feb 2016
Department of Education :
Father Principal inaugurated a new state of the art conference room for the department of teacher education on February 22, 2016 in the presence of the Vice principal, Prof. Swati Sarkar, faculty members and students. An ICT room is in progress and will be inaugurated soon.
Shishu Mela 2016
Smt. Chandrima Bhattacharya, Minister of State for Law, Health and Family Welfare, along with Fr. Felix Raj SJ, Principal, declared Shishu Mela open on the grounds of the College and released balloons in the air on 14th February 2016. The NSS magazine, Kadam, was released on the occasion.
Smt. Bhattacharya was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the Xavierians and said, "I am proud to be a mother of a Xaverian, It is here that students not only excel in academics but live up to the motto of Nihil Ultra! Nothing Beyond." Almost 1000 children were present for the Mela, which was organized by almost 300 College Students. Thanks to NSS and Social Work Department director, Ms Cheryl Francis and her enthusiastic team for they dedicated service.
NSS Magazine, Kadam, being released by Smt. Chandrima Bhattacharya, Minister of State for Law, Health and Family Welfare.
Annual Sports Day 2016
The Annual Sports Day, held on February 6, witnessed great enthusiasm and participation from faculty members, staff, students and alumni. The Chief Guest, Mr. Rajeev Kumar, Commissioner of Police, Kolkata hoisted the college flag and declared the sports open.
The March past parade, the major attraction, by departments in cluding Raghabpur and St. Lawrence Campuses, was colourful and sportingly beautiful. It was followed by various events and the ground was filled with cheer, gaiety and excitement as each event's results were announced.
Thanks to Maam Feroza Mogrelia, Sports Director and her team of teachers and students for their meticulous planning, coordination and hard work. View Gallery
SANYOG & XAVULLASH 2016
Posted : 06 Feb 2016
The Bengali Literary Society in association with the SXC Alumni Association is organising SANYOG & XAVULLASH 2016 from February 5th to 22nd. Fr. Principal declared the event open on February 4 evening in the midst of cheering students. "Puronor Sathe Notun er Pothe egiye jaak sobai. Nihil Ultra".
The SANYOG Torch will travel to Dhaka University, SXC Mumbai, JNU New Delhi, Singapore, SXC Rajgunj, Asansol and Burdwan and finally reach SXC Kolkata via Bagladesh Dy High Commission on February 20. The purpose of this project is to celebrate the International Mother Language Day across the globe.
Shishu Mela 2016
Posted : 05 Feb 2016
'Shishu Mela 2016' for the under-privileged children, organised by the Social Service Department of the College and co-ordinated by the NSS students will be held on Sunday, 14 February 2016 in the College Grounds.
The Chief Guest for this event is Smt. Chandrima Bhattacharya, Minister of State for Law, Health & Family Welfare.
The inauguration will be held at 10:00 a.m. This year about 950 children from 9 villages and 8 NGOs will be participating in the Mela. St. Xavier's College under the 'Prayas' Scheme has adopted 9 villages in South 24 Parganas.
Faculty members and students are welcome to join the Mela.
St. Xavier's College congratulates Prarthana Sarkar
Posted : 03 Feb 2016
St. Xavier's College congratulates Prarthana Sarkar, a first year student of Political Science (H) who has won the All India Best Cadet (Navy) Trophy of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) during the Republic Day Camp (RDC)) in New Delhi.
We also congratulate the other SXC Cadets who participated in the Republic Day Camp and the NCC Officer of the College, Prof. A. P. Mondal. Well Done.
The Principals of Five Jesuit Colleges of Teacher Education
The Principals of Five Jesuit Colleges of Teacher Education (Loyola Jamshedpur and Namchi, St. Xavier's Kolkata, Patna, and Ranchi) met together on January 29-30 and signed a MoU for Teacher Exchange programmes. A decision was taken in the meeting to organise development and leadership programmes for the teachers and students of the said colleges. Accordingly the first FDP will be held in Loyola college of Jamshedpur May 27 - 29, followed by a Student Exchange programme in St. Xavier's College Kolkata from September 30 to October. The next meeting of the Principals will be held in July 2016 at St. Xavier's College, Ranchi.
Participants of the Leadership Programme
Participants of the Leadership Programme(St. Joseph's College Darjeeling, Loyola College Namchi, St. Xavier's College Rajganj and St. Xavier' College Kolkata) organised by the Sikkim West Bengal Jesuit College Principals Association (SWBJCPA) at Dhyan Ashram Kolkata January 22 - 25 with Fr. Felix Raj, Principal, SXC and Prof. Swati Sarkar, Secretary SWBJCPA and Vice Principal SXC Education Department. Thanks to Profs. Samrat Roy and Ritendra Roy for their efficient coordination.
Asha Bhosle mesmerised the lively audience on the Republic Day
The Legendary playback Singer Asha Bhosle mesmerised the lively audience at St. Xavier's on the Republic Day evening. Fr. Felix Raj, Principal blessed her while felicitating her with a College Uteria. The Beyond Barriers show was grand and overwhelmingly successful.
The Ninth Convocation was well organized on January 16
The Ninth Convocation was well organized on January 16, the Foundation day of the College. 2,123 students received their degrees for completing their undergraduate, Postgraduate and B.Ed programmes. Fr. Principal thanks the faculty, students, the staff and the Alumni for their wholehearted cooperation and commitment.
The Ninth Convocation
At the Ninth Convocation Prof. Albert Cardinal Gomes, a retired Physics professor of the College and the present Controller of Examinations was honoured with the Nihil Ultra award of Excellence 2016.
Beyond Barriers XVI
Beyond Barriers XVI
Asha Bhosle - Live in Concert will mesmerise the evening with her versatile voice on 26th January 2016 at 6.30 pm on the College grounds. The programme is organised by the Alumni Association. Get ready to Cha Cha Cha...
Christmas Celebration 2015
The Hon'ble CM, Mamata Banerjee and a host of her Ministers, MPs, MLAs and Mayors joined the Jesuits and Xaverians to celebrate Christmas at St. Xavier's. The country should learn about tolerance from St. Xavier's College, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said on the Mother Teresa Sarani campus on Wednesday evening. Details...
St. Xavier' College is getting decked up to celebrate Christmas
St. Xavier' College is getting decked up to celebrate Christmas. There will be carols and dance programs on December 23 to usher in the Joy of the Birth of Jesus Christ. The Hon'ble Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee will join the Jesuit Fathers and Xaverians in the celebration.
A delegation of 40 officials of Bangladesh Bank
A delegation of 40 officials of Bangladesh Bank, the Central Bank of the People's Democratic Republic of Bangladesh visited St. Xavier's College on December 2, 2015 on a study tour called 'Dialogue'. Fr. Principal delivered a lecture to the delegation followed by an interactive session. The delegation presented a memento to Fr. Principal as a token of gratitude. The delegation also visited the College.
SWBJCPA Meeting: A meeting of the Principals of Jesuit Colleges in Sikkim and West Bengal was held at St. Joseph's College Darjeeling on November 27-28, 2015. One of the initiatives taken at the meeting was the Student Leadership Programme to be held at Dhyan Ashram, Konchowki, Kolkata from January 22 to 26, 2016. Each college of this association will send 5 students along with a faculty member to attend this programme.
Oneday Workshop at St. Xavier's College
All India Association for Christian Higher Education (AIACHE) organised a oneday workshop at St. Xavier's College, Kolkata on November 18, 2015. Dr. Daniel Ezhilarasu, General Secretary, AIACHE, Dr. Jeyakar Chellaraj and Prof. Thiagukumar were resource persons. Fifty-five faculty members from Member Colleges attended the workshop.
St. Xavier's College Granted Approval to Award Ph.D. DegreesPosted : 20 Nov 2015
The University of Calcutta has approved the Regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D. under St. Xavier's College (Autonomous).
These Regulations may be called the St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), affiliated to the University of Calcutta (Regulation for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D.) Regulations 2015.
The provisions of these Regulations shall apply to every candidate applying for admission, registration, conduct leading to the conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) of this Institute.
St. Xavier's College will award the Ph.D. Degrees in:
- Ph.D. (Science) Physics, Biotechnology, Microbiology
- Ph.D. (Commerce)
The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) shall
be awarded to a candidate on the basis of original
research work of merit incorporated in a thesis,
recommended by a Board of Examiners and successfully
defended by the candidate during a Viva-Voce.
The thesis is to be written in English.
Further details will be available through this website in due course of time.
Xaverian Mission Beyond Boundaries
Fr. Principal, Fr. Xavier Savarimuthu and Prof. Panchali Sen visited the Namur university, Namur, Belgium, September 27 to October 2. Their visit was very fruitful. They have worked out concretely two fields for academic exchange - Computer Science and Environmental Science.
They paid a visit to Fr. Albert Huart, former Rector and VP of SXC, who stays at Namur Jesuit community. Fr. Huart sends his wishes to all faculty members and friends. The Xaverian team paid a visit to Frs. Hincq and Dettienne who stay in Brussels now. Fr. Principal had fruitful meetings in the Jesuit Curia in Rome with the Task Force.
Father Felix Raj, who is also the President, SXCCAA, addressed the gathering of State leaders, benefactors, friends and Alumni of SXC at Fremont, San Francisco on October 8 as a part of his fund raiser. He was felicitated by Senator and a Jesuit alumnus, Bob Wieckowski and Mayor Bill Harrison of Fremont City with certificates of recognition respectively at the function for his service in the field of education.
Father spoke at length at the fund raiser organised by Chanda Zaveri at Amsterdam theatre on October 10 at Los Angeles. While being very positive about the outcome, he said, " We should reap some good harvest as a fruit of our hard labour. Rahul Roy in San Francisco and Chanda in Los Angeles did a marvellous job. They are not Xaverians by letters, but they have chosen to embrace the Xaverian spirit. I acknowledge their deep commitment to SXC. God bless them".
Father was at SBSJ university, Minnesota to welcome our students who are visiting that university on exchange program, October 11 to November15. He addressed the faculty and students on "Jesuit Contribution to Higher Education in India". Photo Gallery: SXC Vision 2020, USA - Courtesy: Fr. Maria Joseph
Posted : 03 Nov 2015
The NSS group successfully completed the 220 meters long and 6 feet wide road at the Raghabpur campus
The NSS group successfully completed the 220 meters long and 6 feet wide road at the Raghabpur campus which was inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Felix Raj, SJ, Principal along with Fr. Johnson Padiyara, SJ, Academic Coordinator of Raghabpur campus and the Panchayat Pradhan on 30th October 2015.
The smiles on the faces of the school children while walking on the newly built road was the immediate reward received by the young and enthusiastic group of Xaverians who dared to do something different.
Father Principal addresses at MCCPosted : 30 Oct 2015
Father Felix Raj addressed the MCC Chamber of Commerce and Industry on "SXC Vision 2020" on October 28, 2015 at 4.00 pm followed by an interactive session. The session was well attended by industrialists, business leaders, SXC alumni and media. Father thanks the MCC for having offered a platform to showcase the SXC Vision 2020.
JHEASA annual meeting, October 22-25, 2015Posted : 30 Oct 2015
Principals of Jesuits Colleges and Conveners of Jesuit Province Higher Education Commissions in South Asiamet at Xavier University Bhubaneswar, October 22-25 for their annual meeting. There were 72 delegates. Fr. Principal, Fr. Dominic Savio and Prof. Swati Sarkar attended the conference from St. Xavier's College.
At the University of Namur, Belgium September 27 to October 2, 2015Posted : 30 Sep 2015
Fr. Principal, Fr. Xavier and Prof. Panchali Sen are at the University of Namur, Belgium September 27 to October 2, 2015 to concretise the proposals for faculty cum student exchange programs between SXC and UN.
Fr. principal will visit Rome for a meeting with a Jesuit Expert Group after which he proceeds to San Francisco and Los Angeles for Alumni fund raisers. He will also pay a visit to St. John and St. Benedict University, Minnesota.
A new Smart Class RoomPosted : 25 Sep 2015
A new Smart Class Room was blessed by Fr. Arulappan and inaugurated by Fr. Principal on September 24th, Thursday morning.
The room is in the fourth floor above the main Chapel.
3rd Father Verstraeten Memorial LecturePosted : 03 Sep 2015
The Department Physics held the 3rd Father Verstraeten Memorial Lecture on August 28, 2015
at 3.00 pm in Fr. Depelchin auditorium.
Prof. Mustansir Barma, FNA, FNASc, FTWAS of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research spoke on "The Surprising Story of Random Walks"
Fr. Achilles Verstraeten, SJ was an eminent physicist who taught at St. Xavier's College for many years. He was Rector of St. Xavier's College from 1936 to 1942 and Principal from 1959 to 1966.
A team of five faculty member from Kohima Science College to visit collegePosted : 12 Aug 2015
A team of five faculty member from Kohima Science College (Autonomous) will visit St. Xavier's College on Monday, August 17, 2015 to interact with the faculty members of St. Xavier's College to get an insight of the autonomous system.
Medical Camp by SXCAAPosted : 12 Aug 2015
The alumni association of St. Xavier's College is organising a medical camp for the support staff, students and their parents of St. Xavier's College, Raghabpur campus on Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fr. Principal thanks the alumni association for this philanthropic gesture.
Blood Donation Camp 2015Posted : 4th August 2015
In the blood donation camp 2015 organised by the NSS and the Department of social work on July 4, the total donor count was 834.
Well-done Xaverians for keeping up the spirit of Nihil Ultra.
St. Xavier's appreciates the efforts of all the volunteers under the able guidance of the NSS Board members and the generosity of our staff and students. We thank the Blood donors' associations for their cooperation.
MOU between SXC-JRS-JCHEM SignedPosted : 4th August 2015
Recognizing the urgent need of reaching out to vulnerable people living in post war countries like Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, St. Xavier's college, Kolkata signed a Memorandum of understanding with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC: HEM). The signed MOU will pave a way for providing access to higher education to Sri Lankan war-affected youth who otherwise will not have access to higher education.
SXC's partnership with leading agencies working in emergency and post war-zones, aims to equip economically weaker but eligible students with skills for gainful employment. In particular, the MOU will assist in training students in the fields of computer applications and teacher educa-tion. SXC will offer trainings as short term certificate courses in computer applications and teacher education modeling a novel development in education known as a hybrid model - a blending of on-line as well as face-to-face interactions (on-site) features - using state of the art digital technologies, e-resources, and technical expertise. It is expected to benefit about 150 students during this academic year 2015-16.
St. Xavier's College salutes Dr. APJ Abdul KalamPosted : 29th July 2015
St. Xavier's College salutes Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, a Jesuit alumnus from St. Joseph's College, Trichy, a renowned scientist, a visionary and a man for other. He has visited St. Xavier's a couple of times to address the staff, students and alumni. May God grant him eternal rest.
Picture: Dr. Kalam with Frs. Felix Raj and Dominic Savio at SXC
Release of Indian Economy - A Visionary PerspectivePosted : 29th July 2015
Calcutta University vice-chancellor Sugata Marjit and St. Xavier's College principal Father Felix Raj (extreme left) at the release of Indian Economy - A Visionary Perspective in the college auditorium on Tuesday evening. The book has been edited by Felix Raj, along with Samrat Roy and Koushik Kumar Hati, professors of economics in the college. 'We sat together a year back and decided to bring out something in honour of the sesquicentenary celebrations of St. Xavier's College. We asked other professors and 20 of them contributed. This book has two sections - development and international trade and finance,' said Felix Raj, who dedicated the book to former President APJ Abdul Kalam, who passed away on Monday. 'This book is a testimony to serious work by scholars,' Marjit said.
St. Xavier's Kolkata "Reaches the Unreached" in Asansole, West Bengal.Posted : 27th July 2015
Keeping to its motto "Nihil Ultra, nothing beyond", St. Xavier's college, kolkata taook off with a new shoot at Asansole in West Bengal, with the motto "reach the Unreached". This new chapter in the history of higher education in West Bengal took place on the 25th July 2015, in the august presence of the honourable education minister of West Bengal, Mr. Partha Chjatterjee and Minister of labour, Mr. Moloy Ghatak.
Inauguration of St. Xavier's College, AsansolPosted : 27th July 2015
The inauguration of St. Xavier's College Asansol was held at St. Joseph's High School grounds on July 25th morning. Dr. Partha Chatterjee, Minister for Higher Education unveiled the plaque while Bishop Cyprian Monis, Fr. Felix Raj, Minister Molly Ghattak and Fr. K.K. Devasi were looking on.
The dignitaries including the VC of Kazi Nazrul University, Dr. Sadhan Chakroborty are seen lighting the lamp. In his speech, Dr. Partha Chatterjee said: " We have to learn from St. Xavier's College. It is a role model for the whole world and we are proud of the institution".
St. Xavier's College Students' Election
Posted : 23rd July 2015
The St. Xavier's College Students' Council elections were held on July 23rd evening. The General body elected a new council. The new council members are with Fr. Principal in the picture.
SWBJCPA: The Sikkim and West Bengal Jesuit College Principals Association had its meeting at Loyola House, Salt Lake on July 18-19, 2015.
Decisions taken at the meeting include:
- Faculty Development Program (5 teachers from each College) at SXC, Rajganj in October 2015;
- Students Leadership Program (ten students from each College) at Dhyan Asharam, Kolkata in January 2016 and
- Next SWBJCPA meeting at St. Joseph's College in November 2015.
L N Mittal inducted into St. Xavier's Board
Posted : 4th July 2015
St. Xavier's College has inducted LN Mittal, the steel magnate and the chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaking company into its Governing Body (Board of Governors) with effect from July 2015. Mittal has gladly accepted his alma mater's offer.
"We are indeed happy and privileged to have Mr. Mittal as a member of our Board. We selected him as a Xaverian and an industrialist. I am confident that his close association with Xavier's and his global experience will enrich our institution," Fr. Felix Raj, the Principal said.
The College Alumni Association conferred on Mittal the "Global Xaverian" award in 2013 in London. Mittal then expressed his plan to assist the college in its SXC Vision 2020.
ST. XAVIER'S KOLKATA TO GET RS 3 CRORES FROM UGC FOR LIBRARY
Posted : 4th July 2015
KOLKATA: St Xavier's College Kolkata has been recommended for UGC grants under the Special heritage status to college scheme. St Xavier's is set to get Rs 3.05 crore. It is part of 19 colleges nationwide to be eligible for this UGC grant, St Xavier's is slated to get the third highest after Cotton College, Guwahati and CMS College, Kottayam.
St Xavier's College gets the grant to establish the Goethel's Library and Research Centre and to preserve its rare books, plates and manuscripts. According to an UGC communique, the proposal assessed by a committee on April 28-29 and May 13, to arrive at the final list of awardees.
A visibly happy St Xaviers College principal Father Felix Raj said, "We are happy that the UGC has once again recognized the excellence of this 155 year-old heritage institution. This grant will be utilized to preserve that heritage."
This new scheme requires applicants fulfilling laid-down objectives for the financial assistance of a one-time lump sum grant of Rs. 10.0 crores to a university and Rs. 5.0 crores to a college during the 12th Five year Plan. According to sources, 50% of the grant allocated will be released as first installment by the UGC to the university or colleges selected under the Scheme. The release of second installment of grant to the tune of 40% of allocation will be done after receiving the utilization certification against the first installment of grant and on receipt of satisfactory progress report. The final installment of 10% of grant will be released after receiving utilization certificate against total allocation and completion documents in case of construction activities.
ST. XAVIER'S COLLEGE (ST. LAWRENCE CAMPUS)
Posted : 4th July 2015
St Xavier's Calcutta, one of ten "colleges of excellence" in India on Fridady opened a new campus to cater to increasing demands for admissions.
Archbishop Thomas D'Souza of Calcutta blessed the campus at St Lawrence School in Kolkata, in the presence of Jesuit provincial Fr Jeyaraj Veluswami. Rector Fr. Dominic Savio and principal Fr Felix Raj. Read more...
Posted : 9th June 2015
Fr. Johnson Padiyara, SJ and Fr. Anil Gomes, SJ have been appointed Academic Coordinators of SXC Raghabpur and St. Lawrence campuses respectively with effect from June 2, 2015.
Prof. Surupa Chakraborty and Prof. Sharmistha Jha is appointed as the HOD of Statistics and Mass Communication departments respectively with effect from 1st July 2015.
Vision 2020 Tour:
After his meeting in Puebla, Mexico, Father Principal visited San Francisco and Berkely. He delivered a lecture at Berkely on the "Frontiers of Jesuit Higher Education in India" on 13th morning. On the same day evening, he was honoured with two proclamations by the Mayors of SF and Fremont respectively in the presence of their legislatures and councillors in a good gathering hosted by Mr. Rahul Roy. Father spoke at length about SXC Vision 2020.
On the 14th evening, Father inaugurated the SXC Foundation and attended its first meeting at Los Angeles. Ms Chanda Zaveri and the team of Xaverians will take this pproject forward and organise a big event on October 10, 2015 at LA.
Prof. Alecsander of SCU, Honorary Secretary, Hasan and Fr.. Maria Joseph had joined Father Felix Raj. Father and Hasan will spend a day with the Xaverians at Dubai on their way back.
Kolkata Xavier's opens a new Hostel
A football field on AJC Bose Road, Kolkata has been turned into a 300-seater boys' hostel for students of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata. The Father Leeming Boys' Hostel was inaugurated on July 5, Saturday, with Principal Father Felix Raj, SJ performing the ribbon-cutting ceremony along with Calcutta University vice-chancellor Suranjan Das, Fr. Jayaraj Veluswamy SJ, provincial of Calcutta Jesuit Province, and Rector Father Dominic Savio SJ. After the unveiling of the inauguration stone, students sang Joi hok.Read more
Xavier's College Kolkata Opens a Rural Campus
St. Xavier's College, Kolkata has started a rural campus at Raghapur, 20km from its Mother Teresa Sarani (City) campus, in Bishnupur constituency of South 24-Parganas, West BengalRead more
Inter-Religious and Social Harmony Studies at SXC
St. Xavier's College is introducing a two-credit course in Inter-religious and Social Harmony from this academic session, July 2014.Read more
St. Xavier's upgraded to CE status
The UGC has upgraded St. Xavier':s College, Kolkata to the status of "College of Excellence (CE)" w.e.f. 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2019 according to a communication today, March 24, to Fr. Felix Raj, the Principal.Read more
St. Xavier's College Restores The 150 Year Old Observatory:
At a time when St. Xavier's College Kolkata is busy expanding its campus, another new addition to the present campus deserves much applause. On 10th March 2014 the re-commissioned astronomy observatory and a solar observatory were inaugurated by Fr. Felix Raj SJ, principal of the college and were dedicated to the memory of Fr. Eugene Lafont, favourite teacher of Acharya Jadish Chandra Bose. Fr. Lafont introduced Bose to Science. This observatory is one of the oldest in the sub-continent. The renowned scientist and professor of St. Xavier's College, Father Eugene Lafont, set it up in 1865. Father Lafont was known as Father of Modern Science in India.Read more