St. Xavier's College, Kathmandu

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St. Xavier's College, Kathmandu
Kathmandu, Saint-Xavier's College.JPG
Motto Dedicated to Excellence, Leadership and Service
Established 1988
Type Public
Principal Rev. Fr. Augustine Thomas, S.J.
Location Maitighar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Affiliations Tribhuvan University, Higher Secondary Education Board,Cambridge University

St. Xavier's College is a highly selective, prestigious, independent and private educational institution in Nepal. It was founded as a high school (intermediate level) of St. Xavier's School, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, and was later shifted to Maitighar, Kathmandu, in 1988 by the Society of Jesus.[1] It offers high school (grades 11 and 12), undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in natural science, business, social science and humanities as well as intermediate degrees like the Cambridge A-levels and the 10+2 programmes. It is one of the five Jesuit educational institutes in Nepal, the other four being St. Xavier's School, Godavari, St. Xavier's School, Jawalakhel, St. Xavier's School, Jhapa and Moran Memorial School, Jhapa.


St. Xavier's College, Kathmandu, is an educational institution of higher learning established in 1988 and managed by the Nepal Jesuit Society. Jesuits began their educational work in Nepal in 1951 with the opening of St. Xavier's School, Godavari, followed by St. Xavier's School, Jawalakhel and St. Xavier's School, Deonia. Jesuits have served people of all faiths, all over the world, as educators, scientists, explorers and social reformers since 1540. That centuries old tradition of service to others is the cornerstone of Jesuit education. Education at Xavier's prepares each student to live and lead in all the endeavors. It fosters critical thinking, positive action and service to others. It challenges students to go beyond career preparation. It encourages the student to be job creators rather than job seekers, creative designers of the future. St. Xavier's College was established by the Nepal Jesuit Society in 1988. In the initial years, the College functioned from the premises of St. Xavier's School, Jawalakhel. For the first eight years the only course that was offered was Intermediate in Science, affiliated toTribhuwan University. The three-year Bachelor of Social Work, the first of its kind in Nepal, was established in 1996, and was affiliated to Kathmandu University. In the following year, the College established Bachelor of Science in Environment Science course. The course was discontinued after three batches of admissions. Today we have, besides Bachelor of Social Work, seven other bachelor degree courses: Bachelor of Business Studies, Bachelor of Physics, both established in 2002, Bachelor of Information Management established in 2003, B.Sc. Computer Science and Information Technology, B.Sc. Microbiology and B.A. English, Journalism and Social Work, all of which were established in 2007. Five masters' degree programs were established: M.A. English, M.Sc. Microbiology and M.Sc. Physics, all of which were established in 2007. Higher Secondary School Level (+2) was initiated in 2009. A-Levels (Cambridge University) was initiated in 2011.

The College acquired its own campus at Maitighar Heights and the first building, the Academic Block, was built in 1993. The construction of the Administration Block was completed in 1998, followed by that of the Watrin Hall and the Library Block in 2000. To cater to the needs of the two IT-based degree programs, and to provide all students with computer facilities, four computer laboratories were constructed. The laboratories have a total of 203 computers and with Internet accesses. The E.L. Watrin Memorial Building was built in 2005, and is linked the Academic Block with the Administration Block. It had the additional facility of elevator. A rooftop cafeteria was built in 2006. A six-storey building housing modern laboratories for Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology and Microbiology was a new addition in 2008-09 to the improving infrastructure facilities of the College.

All through the last twenty-five years, the College has had an excellent teaching faculty and a very dedicated supporting staff. Today, the College has on its attendance rolls approximately 3000 students, coming from 275, schools, representing all 75 districts, and almost all the ethnic, linguistic and cultural diversity of Nepal. The College has consistently been outstanding in its academic performance. One of the innovative outreach programs of the College is the Partnership in Education (PIE), established in 2004. PIE works in partnership with government schools for the development of the academically and economically weak students belonging to the lowest income groups of society. The program helps approximately 300 students annually.

The Nepal Jesuit Society has grand visions for the College and has applied to the Ministry of Education in August 2008 for the recognition of the College as a University. In 2013, the College celebrated its Silver Jubilee.

Our Mission Statement[edit]

The Jesuit tradition of educational excellence and service to others guides all the courses and activities at St. Xavier's College. By integrating academic work and intellectual growth with physical, spiritual and emotional development through various co-curricular activities, the College seeks to foster competence, creativity and innovative spirit, throughout and beyond the years spent in College. At the end of their studies at St. Xavier's College, graduate students are expected to enter the larger world with socially responsible goals, a lifelong appetite for learning and the desire to make our universe a better place. Students are also expected to be prepared to use their God-given talents not only for personal fulfillment, but also for service unto others.

The College promotes close student-teacher contact and encourages students to develop their full potential for leadership. The intelligent pursuit for excellence and a variety of activities, which students are exposed to in College, are intended to produce moral leaders who will champion the values of truth, justice and peace.

Therefore, it is our mission to foster......

  • Passion for excellence
  • Commitment to be compassionate
  • Innovative spirit
  • Ability to take risks and accept challenges
  • Competence
  • Creativity
  • Leadership for service to all


A typical admission profile of St. Xavier's can be correlated to their admission criteria for intermediate programmes (grades 11 and 12) which is extremely competitive. Every year thousands (16,000+) students from all over Nepal apply and only around 500 students are chosen. The stats for class of 2012-13 included an applicant pool of 13,000+ students out of which 685 students were selected and 520 enrolled with a median GPA of 3.9/4.0.[2] The admission process includes a preliminary cutoff score at the School Leaving Certificate national exam - equivalent of GCSE, an analytic Multiple Choice examination and an interview from the college personnel. Cambridge A-levels introduced in 2011 in St. Xavier's is another degree program.

Logo of the college

Academic programs[edit]

Plus Two(+2)[edit]

For the first eight years, the college had offered Intermediate in Science course. Bachelor's and Master's levels affiliated to Tribhuvan University and Kathmandu University have been running other courses as well. In the year 2009, Intermediate in Science was terminated and Higher Secondary Level (+2) science stream was initiated in the same year under the affiliation with Higher Secondary Education Board, Nepal. The college has successfully accomplished its four years of +2 program providing comfortable multimedia class-rooms, well equipped laboratory, library, spacious cafeteria, cemented basket-ball court etc. Higher Secondary Level (+2) science program has offered only two sub-streams: Biology and Physics. All the students of +2 science study similar combination of five subjects(Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and English) in grade XI and in grade XII students of biology stream study Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English and Nepali ,whereas students of physics stream study Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, English and Nepali.

Batch of 2010-12 held an illustrious position having 406 (distinction), 97 (first division), and 2(second division). In the year 2012 all together 1030 (509 of 2011/13 & 521 of 2012/14) students were studying +2 science (Grade XI & XII). All of them have appeared HSEB examination in 2013. The college has been providing students the opportunity to actively participate in different curricular and co-curricular activities through different clubs and committees under the supervision of club-moderators. The college encourages students to work on their own and be self reliant. The students are well motivated to join various clubs like Literary Club, Science and Technology Club, Art and Culture Club, SET council, Sports Club, Social Club, USM Committee, Pioneer Committee to become a replica of leadership, team work, community service, and time management etc.

Once a week each of Grade XI and grade XII students attend general assembly, which is becoming helpful for the students to develop their all round qualities.


Early morning on 6 of June 2012, 120 young inquisitive minds entered the St. Xavier's College which would become the 2nd batch of A-levels. They would endure 3 rigorous academic terms in a year which would probably make their persona strong enough to reach heights of success. But few probably had realized the difficult road that lay ahead. As seniors, the A2 took an initiative to welcome their juniors. Their warm welcome included cultural programs that were highly entertaining. With high hopes, the new students slowly coalesced to the wisdom of the college. Surviving this new learning environment required hard work and commitment. In order to flourish in this new environment, the students needed to act smart and work smart. And as they struggled together, their bonds with their families and friends got stronger, their talents got better. Failures had to be overcome, discipline had to be maintained, and time had to be respected, and as they journeyed further down this road, it became more colorful. This beautiful consequence couldn't have been a reality had it not been for the dedication and commitment of the teachers, staffs and parents. Parents and teachers met after every term to encourage students. They used this as an opportunity to work on students and improve their abilities, to work on their weaknesses and further polish their strengths. It was also used as an opportunity to strengthen not only their academic base but also values, which later in their life would serve as a guiding light for success and happiness.

Undergraduate programs[edit]

  • B.Sc. Physics (Bachelor's of Science in Physics)
  • B.Sc. Microbiology (Bachelor's of Science in Microbiology)
  • B.Sc. CSIT (Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science and Information Technology)
  • B.I.M. (Bachelor in Information Management)
  • B.S.W. (Bachelor's of Social Work)
  • B.B.S. (Bachelor's of Business Studies)
  • B.A. (Bachelor's of Arts)

Postgraduate programs[edit]

  • M.Sc. Physics (Master's of Science in Physics)
  • M.Sc. Microbiology (Master's of Science in Microbiology)
  • M.B.S. (Master's of Business Studies)
  • M.S.W. (Master's of Social Work)
  • M.A. (Master's of Arts in English literature)

List of Principals[edit]

  • Dr. Shriram Bhagut Mathe (1988-1992)
  • Fr. Charles Law,S.J. (1992-1993)
  • Fr. Francis Vazhappilly,S.J. (1993-1998)
  • Fr. T.M. Joseph,S.J. (1998-2001)
  • Fr. P.T. Augustine,S.J. (2001-2007)
  • Fr. Dr. A. Antonysamy, S.J. (2007-2012)
  • Fr. Augustine Thomas, S.J. (2012-present)


Graduates of the intermediate programmes who continue their education in Nepal are known for being accepted in the country's top engineering institute IOE, medical institute IOM and also Ministry of Education (MOE). Most of the graduates from St. Xavier's Intermediate degrees often pursue advanced degrees in science, business, humanities etc. A good number of the graduates have gone abroad in countries such as US, Canada, Australia, Germany, UK, Philippines,Japan, China, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh to various colleges.


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