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Father John Felix Raj, S.J. (born 1954) is the principal and former rector of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata. He also serves as a professor of economics in this institution. His specialization includes Development Economics, Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization, Public Sector, Disinvestment, Spirituality, Leadership Skills and Training. He received PhD degree in Economics from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. He is currently the vice-president of Bengal Economic Association.

He has presented papers in many national and international conferences. He has lectured in many universities in Europe, US and Canada. He is an educationist, associated with a number of NGOs and engaged in many philanthropic activities. Parivartan and Snegam, NGOs engaged in social and educational activities are his brainchildren. His initiative, "College to Village and Village to College" at St. Xavier's College is a novel effort in education.

He is the director of The Goethals Indian Library and Research Society and the West Bengal state advisor to All Indian Catholic University Federation.

Fr. Felix Raj has been appointed member of the West Bengal Education Commission by the Governor of West Bengal to prepare a Road Map / Vision Document for 2020 and 2030 for the State’s Education Sector from 1st October, 2013.

He is the recipient of:

  • Banga Bibhushan Award by Govt. of West Bengal in 2014
  • Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad Memorial Award by West Bengal Board of Madrasa Education in 2013
  • Lifetime Achievement Award by Core Sector Communiqué in 2011
  • Mahdeolal Saraogi Award by Rotary Club of Kolkata in 2008
  • First CAB Community Development Award by Catholic Association of Bengal in 2008
  • Mother Teresa Millennium Award by Mother Teresa's International and Millennium Awards Committee in 2006
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