Weapon Display

The iconic motto of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata 'Nihil Ultra' inspires every endeavour undertaken by the students and the NCC Department wishes to expand the horizons by organising Weapon Display in collaboration with the Head Quarters Eastern Command of Indian Army. This event take place for the first time in the history of St. Xavier's.

The Armed forces work throughout the year during war, peace, disaster, and emergency situations. However, we as individuals fail to acknowledge their duties and selfless service to the nation. Therefore, it is an attempt on our part to provide an opportunity to the students of this institution and other institutions to gain an insight into the functioning of the armed forces and express their appreciation and respect.

The weapon display show held on 19th and 20th of March, 2018 from 10am to 5pm at the college ground. The inauguration of this event held on 19.03.2018 (Monday) and were graced by Brigadier Alok Beri, BGSIW Eastern command and Rev. Fr. Dominic Savio S.J. The 12th battalion of Bihar Regiment organised the display.

St. Xavier's College gets new Principal and Vice-Principal

Rev. Dr. Dominic Savio, S.J. takes over as the Principal of St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata from Wednesday, 1st November. He succeeds Rev. Dr. J. Felix Raj, S.J., who has taken over as the vice-chancellor of St. Xavier's University, Kolkata. Fr. Dominic was appointed the Vice-Principal of the departments of Commerce (morning section) and Business Administration on 1st February 2009. He was appointed the Rector of St. Xavier's, Kolkata on 2nd December 2013. He will continue to serve as the Rector along with his new responsibility as the principal.

Further, Rev. Dr. S. Xavier, S.J. has taken over as the Vice-Principal of the department of Commerce (morning section) from the same date.

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

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

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

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

The UGC had conferred on St. Xavier's the status of "College of Excellence" and "College with Heritage Status" in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

"St. Xavier's College scored the highest NAAC score, A++ (3.77 CGPA out of 4), the highest so far in India for the third cycle accreditation by the NAAC," Reverend Father J. Felix Raj, principal of St. Xavier's College (Autonomous) announced today.

"It is the fruit of our hard work. I want to thank my staff, students, their parents, alumni, benefactors and friends for their cooperation, interest and involvement in the college.... This is yet another milestone in our march towards educational service," Father Felix Raj said.

The NAAC results were published in the morning.

Colleges are being assessed by the NAAC on an eight-point scale since July 2016, when the new grading system took effect. Grades were previously awarded on the basis of a four-point assessment scale.

"St. Xavier's being a college, the focus during the inspection was more on teaching-learning and the evaluation process followed by the institute. While assessing a university, the focus is on research. But whether you are assessing a college or a university, it is difficult for any institute to secure the top A++ grade," a NAAC official told Metro from Bangalore.

"The overall performance of St. Xavier's College was found to be far better than many other colleges in the country," he said.

The criteria used by the council to assess institutes are curricular aspects, teaching-learning and evaluation, research, consultancy and extension, infrastructure and learning resources, student support and progression, governance, leadership and management, and innovation and best practices.

An NAAC team led by Prof. Arunoday Saha, former vice-chancellor of Tripura University, had visited St. Xavier's on January 9 and 10, Father Felix Raj said.

Since revising the grading system last July, the NAAC has assessed 225-odd colleges in Bengal. The highest grade that any college had managed before St. Xavier's is an A, third in the new quality scale.

Inspections by the council continue throughout the year. Accreditation and the grade assigned to each college is valid for five years. A college needs to apply for a re-evaluation once the validity of the rating lapses.

St. Xavier's had scored 3.53 out of 4 in 2011.

The NAAC has not only identified the strengths of St. Xavier's but also given suggestions for further improvement.

Father Felix Raj said the strengths identified by the NAAC peer team include "good and democratic leadership and governance system, clear vision and mission of the college, suitable curriculum with good feedback system, academic flexibility, curriculum enrichment, online admission process, catering to diverse student community, sound teaching -learning and evaluation system and faculty exchange programmes, international exchange programmes, collaborative and departmental research, adequate facilities, publications, extension activities like college to village and village to college, scholarships to needy students, modern and digitised library, good student support and progression and maintenance of its heritage status".

The suggestions include more postgraduate and PhD courses, involvement of teachers in consultancy, more research in arts courses, extra flexibility in the choice-based credit system, new vocational courses and an academic staff college.

Source: The Telegraph, Calcutta : Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Chief Minister at Xavier's Christmas Meet

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

St. Xavier's College Alumni/ae Assn, Kolkata - National meet at Jaipur

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.

London Alumni Meet

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 and Hasan 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.

Pope Francis Visits the GC 36

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.

Father Felix Raj Honoured with Sikha Ratna award

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. .

Canonisation of Mother Teresa

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 me. .

In the name of Mother

Fr. Felix Raj paying floral tribute to Mother Teresa.

The Contribution of Mother Teresa to Humanity, a symposium on Mother Teresa, was held at the Fr. Depelchin Auditorium of St. Xavier's College on Sunday, August 7, 2016. The evening began with prayer songs like Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace by Voicestra, led by Nikhil D'Souza and the launch of Aamar Gaaner Majhe, a CD of Christian hymns sung by Father Shyamal Makhal and published by The Goethals Indian Library And Research Society. Father Provincial Jeyaraj Velusamy released the CD.

"The canonization of Mother Teresa gives all of us an opportunity to sufficiently and deeply reflect on her life and mission for the poorest of the poor. For us, she is the song of celebration, hymn of compassion," said Father Felix Raj (top), principal, St. Xavier's College.

Tennis veteran Naresh Kumar and daughter Gita caught up with Sister Prema (above), Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity, on the sidelines of the symposium. Sunita Kumar, Naresh's wife, couldn't be there as one of the speakers for the evening, but daughter Gita read out her thoughts on 'Mother, a role model to be humane': "In the 30 years that I spent with her, I learnt all about life, especially to give love, dignity and service to the poor, irrespective of race and religion. She was a true saint.".

Father Julian S. Das, James McGinniss and Father D. John Romus were the other speakers for the evening.

Source: The Telegraph, Kolkata Metro (Pg.19) : 08 Aug 2016
Pictures: B. Halder
Courtesy: The Telegraph, Kolkata

Saint Teresa of Kolkata

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.

In our hearts, Mother is already a saint, by virtue of her boundless devotion towards the downtrodden, irrespective of caste and creed - she has taken all into her fold. The official honour, the declaration of sainthood will take place on September 4, 2016 at St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, Rome. The living 'saint of the gutters', the ministering angel to millions, will be canonised.

Mother Teresa was in close conclave with the Jesuit Fathers, particularly of St. Xavier's College. She held them in high esteem as retreat preachers and spiritual directors. They include Archbishop Ferdinand Perier, Cardinal Trevor L. Picachy, Frs.C. Van Exem, Julian Henry, Joseph Sanders, Edouard Le Joy, Camille Bouche, Antony Gabriel and Jose Cukale.

The City Of Joy, Kolkata, Mother's spiritual abode and the principal site of her missions of charity, is immensely gladdened by the news of her canonization. We await the auspicious occasion with overwhelmed joy and reverence.

Singer Asha Bhosle mesmerised the lively audience at St. Xavier's on the Republic Day evening

The Legendary playback Singer Asha Bhosle mesmerised the audience at Xavier's on Republic Day evening. Fr. Felix Raj, Principal blessed her while felicitating her with a College Uteria. The BB show was grand and overwhelmingly successful.

The Ninth Convocation and Valedictory 2016

Solar Plant Inaugurated at Xavier's

A Solar Power Plant with 46 KW installed capacity was inaugurated at St. Xavier's College, 30 Mother Teresa Sarani (Park Street), Kolkata on 23 December 2015, Wednesday at 11.30 am at the Rooftop of the New B. Ed and Library (old Hostel) Building.

"This endeavour has been envisaged as a part of deep concern of the Jesuits on Environmental Issues and also as a follow up action of the recently concluded Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP-15)", said Fr. Felix Raj, SJ, the Principal.

This Green Energy producing Solar Power Plant is the largest among all the colleges in the Eastern part of the country.

Shri Manish Gupta, Hon’ble Power Minister of West Bengal inaugurated the new Plant and Shri Santanu Basu, IAS, Chairman & Managing Director, West Bengal Power Development Corporation, was present.

Fr. Principal profusely thanked Shri Manish Gupta. Shri Santanu Basu and Fr. Xavier Savarimuthu for the inspiration and support. He also thanked the Vikram Solar company for the successful implementaion of the project within a short duration of three months.

The inauguration of St. Xavier's College, Asansol

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".

L N Mittal inducted into St. Xavier's Board

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 College [Autonomous], Kolkata does not encourage or participate in any kind of assessment conducted by any commercial agency.

Institution, we are open to assessments carried out by "University Grants Commission" (UGC), "National Assessment And Accreditation Council" (NAAC) and/or any such organization set up by the Government. Further, we do not approve of any ranking and/or evaluation process by any private/commercial agency. St. Xavier's is an

1. "A" Grade College with CGPA of 3.53 out of 4, assessed and accredited by the NAAC and

2. A "College of Excellence" awarded by the UGC.