Jesuit Higher Education Meeting:
The Annual Jesuit Higher Education Meeting was held on
October 12-14 at Dhyan Ashram, Konchowki, Dimond Harbour Road.
Sixty Jesuit College Principals and Higher Education
Coordinators attended the meeting. St. Xavier's College, Kolkata
organized the Meeting this year. The inaugural address was given
by Prof. Suranjan Das, Vice Chancellor, University of Calcutta
on “Higher Education in the XII Plan”.
Fr. Xavier Savarimuthu
made a beautiful presentation on international ecological
project. Fr. Principal thanks the SXC Alumni Association
particularly Mr. F. Hasan, Mr. Ravi Kasat and Ajay Mimani for
the wonderful hospitality and service extended to the members
The next year meeting JHESA will be held in Trivandrum, Kerala.
St. Xavier’s Alumni Chapter in Bangladesh
The Alumni Association of St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous),
Kolkata has opened yet another international chapter closer
home in Dhaka. This is the fifth international chapter of
the Association after Singapore, Dubai, Bangkok and London.
The Principal of the College and President of the Alumni
Association, Father Felix Raj, SJ, inaugurated the new
chapter at Gulshan Club in Dhaka last Friday, February 26.
Fr. Raj has appointed a local team headed by Manzur Elahi
who had graduated from Xavier’s in 1962.
“It was great to see over 60 Xavierians gather together at
the inaugural programme”, said Firdausal Hasan, the honorary
secretary of the Alumni Association. The function started
with readings from the Bible, Bhagavad Gita and Koran.
Xaverian Elahi in his speech remembered his old days and
called for a strong chapter in Bangladesh.
Fr. Raj, in his address, thanked the Xaverians in Bangladesh
and invited them to involve themselves in building their
alma mater. He asked for their active participation in
Jesuit mission in Bangladesh.
There was a musical performance and the evening ended with a
fellowship dinner attended by around 100 guests including
spouses of the Xaverians. Around 8 Jesuit priests of
Bangladesh including Bishop emeritus of Baruipur, Linus
Gomes had joined the programme.
“ The inauguration was well organised. It was very cordial
and the spirit of ‘Nihil Ultra’ was thriving. We look
forward to active participation from the Bangladesh chapter
and hope that it will further the cause of education”, said
Father Felix Raj.
The Principal took time off during his visit to explore the
possibilities of academic exchange with Notre Dame College,
Dhaka run by Holy Cross Fathers and of Setting up a St.
Xavier’s College in Bangladesh. “Further study and planning
is required before drawing up a proposal of a college for
approval”, said Father Raj.