St. Xavier's College, Kolkata
|Latin: Collegium Sancti Xaverii|
|Motto||Nihil Ultra (Latin)|
Motto in English
|Established||16 January 1860|
|Founder||Fr. Henri Depelchin S.J.|
|Jesuit (Roman Catholic) under the Archdiocese of Calcutta|
|University of Calcutta|
|Principal||Rev. (Dr.) Fr. Dominic Savio S.J.|
|Colours||Blue and White|
St. Xavier's College is a private, co-educational college located in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Founded in 1860 by Fr. Henri Depelchin S.J., it is the second oldest of Jesuit Institutions in India (after St. Joseph's College, Tiruchirapalli) and is named after St. Francis Xavier, a Navarre Jesuit of the 16th century, who ministered in India. In 2006, it became the first autonomous college in West Bengal, India, and is affiliated to the University of Calcutta. Currently, the college offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, Ph.D.s, diplomas and certificates.
- 1 History
- 2 Courses
- 3 Community and clubs
- 4 Sports and festivals
- 5 Publications
- 6 Philanthropy and social activities
- 7 Alumni association (SXCAA)
- 8 Ranking
- 9 Notable alumni
- 10 Notable faculty
- 11 Sister colleges
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
The college was founded in 1860 by the Jesuits, an all-male Catholic religious order formed by Saint Ignatius of Loyola. The college is named after Francis Xavier, the 16th century Jesuit saint from Navarre, northern Spain. The founder of the college was Fr. Henri Depelchin, who oversaw most of its development during its early years.
Sans Souci Theatre
Sans Souci Theatre occupied 30 Park Street (now Mother Teresa Sarani), Kolkata-700016, until a fire in 1843 burnt it to the ground. The site was bought by seven Belgian Jesuits. It is here that the present day campus stands tall.
The present site of the college at 30, Park Street (Mother Teresa Sarani) is an amalgamation of numbers 10 and 11 of Park Street. Number 11 was bought for Rs 45,000 by Fr. Depelchin with generous donations from the Anglo-Indians and help from the home Jesuit Province of Belgium. Park Street is a landmark street in the heart of Kolkata, a melting pot of its diverse cultural, culinary, social, and intellectual milieu.
The college opened with 30 students. Two years later, in 1862, it became affiliated to the Calcutta University. However, there was a paucity of funds for expansion work for of classrooms and for accommodation for the Jesuits fathers. So in 1864 the Rector used the newspapers to appeal to the public of Calcutta for assistance and received a magnanimous response from well-wishers in the city. Also, Jesuit Father Henri Depelchin and his assistant Bro. Koppes, the architect of the new school, went around personally collecting funds. The present, imposing, five-storied building took six years to build, 1934 to 1940, at a cost of Rs 9 lakhs, which came from donations from the people of Calcutta, assistance from Belgium, and generous rental fees from the U.S. army that occupied the building during the Second World War. Expansion of the college has been a ceaseless effort and a campus in Salt Lake City, Kolkata, is planned.
The college hostel moved in 2014 from what is now the Central Library and the B.Ed Department to its present location on the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road (formerly Lower Circular Road). Two imposing six-storey buildings, Fr. Leeming Boys' Hostel and Mother Teresa Hostel for Girls, cater to the needs of students from distant locations. The hostels house 250 boys and 190 girls, all of whom are students of the College.
The Goethals Library, situated above the College Chapel, houses some of the oldest periodicals, journals, and books. The College received these treasures in 1908 from the Archbishop of Calcutta, Paul Goethals, S.J. These well-preserved treasures have made the library a spot of historical significance.
The college has morning batch for boys only, that offers the Bachelor of Commerce degree. The day section of the college houses the arts and science departments which offer undergraduate (honours) degrees in various subjects including English, Bengali, political science, sociology, microbiology, computer science, animation and multimedia, mass communication and videography, mathematics, statistics, chemistry, physics, and economics. Masters programs in commerce (evening session), biotechnology (integrated five-year M.Sc), physics, microbiology, and education are housed in the college along with the co-educational Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Business Administration programs.
The college, in its first-ever foreign collaboration, had entered into cooperation with the University of Manitoba, Canada. The MOU was unveiled on 4 February 2008 by the principal of the college Fr. P.C. Mathews and the dean of the faculty of Food and Agricultural Sciences at Manitoba University, Professor Michael Trevan.
Community and clubs
Apart from service to the community in the educational sphere, Xavier is also involved in environmental issues, youth welfare, women's welfare, and poverty alleviation. It has an elected students' council (SXCSC) which co-ordinates all the cultural activities on campus. The college clubs include:
- Leadership Training Service (LTS)
- Fine Arts Society
- National Cadet Corps (NCC)
- National Service Scheme (NSS)
- Hindi Literary Society (HLS)
- Bengali Literary Society (BLS)
- Xaverian Theatrical Society (XTS)
- Xavier's Academy of Dance & Music (XADAM)
- Xavier's Management Society (XMS)
- Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC)
- Xavier's Commerce Society (XCS)
- The All India Catholic University Federation (AICUF)
- The English Academy
- The Debating Society (XDS)
- The Placement Cell
Sports and festivals
The college has facilities for cricket, football, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, badminton, and caroom, played at the intra-college and inter-college levels. A sports day is organised every December, when students compete in track and field events before a large citywide audience.
The undergraduate level sponsors the following prominent festivals:
- XAVOTSAV, a cultural festival held annually in late January. Colleges of Kolkata and various other colleges from across India participate in band performance, neon dance, western dance, singing, and there are special performances by personalities such as Nuclea Reactor, PaponE Angaraag Mahanta and the East India Company, Miss Tara, DJ Harish, Euphoria, Parikrama. This festival is organized by the students' council, which raises a healthy amount through sponsorship and donates part of the surplus funds for scholarships.
- BIZTATVA, a four-day entrepreneurial simulation program launched in 2015, is designed to take students through an entrepreneurial journey. There were a total of ten events in the four-day program which consisted of nine competitions, each testing the students on specific traits that an entrepreneur must gain in order to rise to the top. The final event consists of a speaker session in association with IIT Kharagpur & Enactus, St. Xavier's College where the speakers gave the students a walkthrough of their lives as an entrepreneur, sharing their moments of pride and mistakes.
- INERTIA, an international marketing festival held annually in February or March. The events include Ambush Marketing, Ad Spoof, Brand Manager, International Trade, and Crisis Management. Participants include undergraduates as well as post-graduates from around India and its neighbouring countries. The festival is organized by the students along with professors from the Department of Management (Commerce).
- INSIGNIA, a management festival held annually in mid February. The top ten commerce colleges of India are invited to fight it out in events like Human Resource Management (HRM), Best Manager, Business Quiz, Marketing and Entrepreneurship Development (ED), among many others. The organizers are students pursuing the Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) degree.
- EXABYTE, a two-day tech-fest organized by the Department Of Computer Science. It includes inter college competitive coding and technical events such as code play,database manager etc. and also events such as tech-talk,seminars,workshops, etc.
- LITERARIA, a festival of the Department of English, which includes competitive events such as creative writing, poetry slam, literary quiz, research paper presentation, among others, as well as non-competitive events such as a department drama production.
- SPECTRUM, a festival of the Department Of Physics. It includes debate, quiz, drama, and public lectures by renowned physicists. It generally spans two days.
- ANALYTICA, a festival of the Department of Mathematics. Along with quiz, wiz, and exhibition, there are lectures on mathematics by famous mathematicians.
- THE SPOTLIGHT, a culture fest held annually in September or October. Christian colleges of Kolkata participate in events like Battle of Bands, Junk Funk, Dare To Differ, and Movie Buzz. This is organised by The All India Catholic University Federation (AICUF) unit of the college.
St.Xavier's is the only English medium college to have separate festivals for Hindi and Bengali.
- VIVIDHAA, a Hindi festival with events such as drama competition, extempore, and elocution. Hindi is used throughout the festival. This festival is organized by the members of the Hindi Literary Society (HLS).
- XAVULLLASH, the Bengali festival, comprises events such as debating, extempore and elocution. The mode of communication throughout the festival is Bengali. The Bengali Literary Society (BLS) are the organizers.
- BEYOND BARRIERS, A musical extravaganza organised by St. Xavier's Alumni Association that commenced in 1995 to raise funds and for philanthropy. Celebrities are invited to perform and since the time this fest began, St Xavier's has had the honor of having the most popular celebrities on its ground. Some of them were Farhan Akhtar, Shivani Kashyap, Sunburn, Shankar Mahandevan and many more.
- XAVERIAN: articles by students and staff members who share their experience of college. It also includes interviews with famous alumni and photos of passing out batches.
- YOUTHINK: commerce journal with articles by students and staff on current commerce-related issues. Past topics include The Business of Sports, Turbulent Times, Superpowers, Change, and The Gamble.
- ODE TO EXPRESSIONS: from the Department of English.
- ECO ECHOES: from the Economics Department.
- X-CRYPTUS: from the Department of Computer Science.
- HORIZONE: from the Department of Physics. It highlights technological advances from across the world.
- PEBBLE: from St Xavier's College Science Association (SXCSA).
- CHIASMA : from the Department of Biotechnology.
- BEACON : from the Department of Mathematics.
- PRAKARSHOW: from the Department of Statistics.
The college has adopted several villages in West Bengal. the 'Prayass' project funds the building of proper infrastructure and provides food and shelter for the needy in these villages, funded by the students and alumni. This project was started by Rev. Felix Raj, S.J., as principal of the college.
College students assist at the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IIIIICP) where they teach the special children of IICP every week.
'Village to college camp', a social service festival, is held annually in early January. Underprivileged children are brought to the college campus from nearby villages and slums for a fun-filled day of activity and entertainment. The children provided with free meals and gifts. This festival is organized by the National Service Scheme (NSS).
Alumni association (SXCAA)
The college has a very active alumni association. The association supports the college in several projects by extending financial and managerial assistance. It was the first alumni association in Kolkata to be granted 80G Certification from the Income Tax Department, acknowledging SXCAA's philanthropic activities.
SXCAA has recently been expanding its reach to ex-students by opening chapters in cities around the world, including Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Singapore, London, Dubai, New York, Dhaka, and Australia.
Project 'Lakshaya' was launched by the college to solicit donations from alumni to fund a new campus. The college was allotted 16 acres of land at Rajarhat (New Town) by the West Bengal government, for the new campus. The plot of land will cost a subsidized 64 crores.
|General – India|
|NIRF (Colleges) (2018)||17|
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- Aditya Vikram Birla – Industrialist
- Aki Narula – fashion designer
- Ananda Chakrabarty - scientist; genetically engineered a pseudomonas bacteria.
- Andre Beteille – professor of sociology at the Delhi School of Economics; former member of Planning Commission.
- Anil Chatterjee – Thespian; lead actor in number of Bengali films likeMeghe Dhaka Tara,Baluchari, Mahanagar, Agnibeena.
- Buddhadeb Guha – One of the more popular writers of modern Bengal; a recipient of Ananda Puraskar
- Chandrajit Banerjee – Director General of Confederation of Indian Industry
- Chitresh Das - Noted Kathak exponent.
- Dinesh Trivedi – Politician; former Railways Minister.
- Dinesh Chandra Chattopadhyay - Writer and editor
- Fazal Akbar – 6th Chief Justice of Pakistan
- Gaurav Chakrabarty – Actor
- Hamoodur Rahman – 7th Chief Justice of Pakistan
- Huseyn Suhrawardy – Prime Minister of Pakistan
- Iman Xin Chemjong – noted Limbu historian
- J. F. R. Jacob – Former Governor; Major General in India's victory in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971
- Jagadish Chandra Bose – Scientist and philosopher; inventor of Crescograph and radio.
- Jamal Nazrul Islam – physicist
- Jyotirmay Bhattacharya – Judge, Calcutta High Court
- Kamal Nath - Politician; former Minister in Govt. of India.
- L. K. Jha - Bureaucrat; former Governor.
- Lakshmi Mittal – Chairman and CEO, Arcelor-Mittal
- Leander Paes – Olympian; Indian tennis player with maximum Grand Slam titles.
- Mahendra Lal Bose – educationist and philanthropist
- Mohammad Hamid Ansari - 12th vice-president of India
- Monali Thakur - contemporary singer.
- Omkar Goswami – director on the boards of Infosys, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories and Forbes
- Pramatha Chaudhuri – Litterateur; editor of " Sabujpatra";writer during the Bengal Renaissance
- Prosenjit Chatterjee – Actor; winner of National Film Award, Jury Award, 2007
- Quazi Nuruzzaman – awarded, Bir Uttom
- Rabindranath Tagore - First Nobel laureate of Asia and India; poet, composer, playwright, thinker, novelist, philosopher, educationist.
- R Gopalakrishnan – Executive Director of Tata Sons
- Ramananda Chatterjee – father of Indian journalism; founder-editor of "Prabasi".
- Ramaprasad Banik - Actor and theatre personality.
- Ronen Sen – former ambassador to the USA and current director of Tata Motors
- Sabyasachi Mukherjee – internationally acclaimed fashion designer
- Sachin Dev Burman - Music Director and singer; few notable films include Guide, Sujata, Bandini, Jewel Thief,Tere Ghar Ke Samne,Aradhana,Abhimaan
- Sanjiv Goenka – Chairman of RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group
- Shawkat Ali Khan – a framer of the Constitution of Bangladesh
- Shawkat Osman – recipient of Independence Day Award
- Sombhu Mitra – Doyen of Indian theatre and a founder-mover of theatre movement in the post-Independence era; also acted in few films; a recipient of Padma Bhushan and Ramon Magsaysay Award
- Sourav Ganguly − former Indian cricketer and captain; currently president of Cricket Association of Bengal
- Srinivasan Ramachandran, bioinformatician, N-Bios laureate
- Syed Manzur Elahi – Company chairman and adviser to the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh
- Syed Nawab Ali Chowdhury – co-founder of University of Dhaka
- Tarashankar Banerjee – Novelist;received Jnanpith Award and Padma Bhushan; considered as one of the foremost litterateurs of Bengal.
- Tathagata Dasgupta, Chief Data Science Officer, Viacom
- Utpal Dutt – actor, writer, director and playwright.
- Victor Banerjee – Actor; nominated for BAFTA Award for Best Actor for A Passage to India
- Neel Bhattacharya, Indian (Bengali) actor
- Vijay Mallya – Chairman of United Breweries Group and Ex-Chairman of United Spirits Ltd, Sanofi India
|Type||Jesuit, Catholic, undergraduate and graduate college|
|Affiliation||St. Xavier's University, Kolkata|
Raghabpur, West Bengal, India
St. Xavier's College, Raghabpur, West Bengal, India, is a graduate and undergraduate college opened in 2014 by the Calcutta Province of the Society of Jesus, who also administer St. Xavier's College, Kolkata. In 2014 St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, founded a college in the Bengali medium in the rural area of Raghabpur, West Bengal, India. The first courses offered were: B.Com, Bengali (Honors), and BA (General). Each can accommodate 60 students per year. There is also a virtual classroom extension of lectures from the Kolkata campus. Xavier Kolkata principal Felix Raj, has overseen the founding of the school, and is adding the programs M.A. in Bengali and a B.Ed. in History (honors). The History Honors offered by Xavier's Kolkata is offered only at the Raghabpur campus.
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