St. Xavier's College, Ranchi

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St. Xavier's College, Ranchi
Motto Lucens et Ardens
Spreading Light & Burning Bright
Established July 3, 1944; 72 years ago (July 3, 1944)
Parent institution
Ranchi University
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Principal Fr. Nicholas Tete, SJ
Students 10,000
Location Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Campus Urban, 23 acres
Affiliations Ranchi University[1]

St Xavier's College, Ranchi, in the Indian state of Jharkhand, was founded in 1944 by the Ranchi Province of the Society of Jesus, a Catholic religious order that traces its origin to St. Ignatius Loyola in 1540.


St. Xavier's College, a Minority Educational Institution, was first affiliated to Patna University, then from 1950-1960 was under Bihar University. Affiliation was switched to Ranchi University when this institution opened in 1960. The University Grants Commission conferred autonomous status in 2005 and granted "College with Potential for Excellence" status in 2006. Grade A accreditation was granted by NAAC in 2013.[2]


Xavier has among its objectives to develop Christian leadership of high calibre and integrity, to engage in research and extension activities related to the development of Jharkhand, to promote vocational and entrepreneurial education, to accord priority to the education of Catholic as well as Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes students, and to function as a critique and conscience for society. Furthermore, Xavier aims for its students to contribute to sustainable socio-economic development and to set themselves free from socio-economic, religious, caste and gender prejudices and act as catalysts of social change.[3] The expressed values of Xavier are consonant with the Jesuit tradition.[4]


The courses of study includes:

  • Intermediate in Arts, Science, & Commerce[5]
  • Bachelor in Arts, Science, & Commerce[6]
  • Master in Arts, Commerce, & Computer Applications
  • Bachelor in Education[7]
  • Vocational Programs in Science & Commerce[8]
  • Diploma Program[9]

Xavier Ranchi has the following academic programs:


St. Xavier's College study room and library was established in 1944. It was called Meletre Baraque and was situated in front of the Principal's office. In 1960 it was shifted to the Arts Block; in 1996 the stack room was enlarged. It currently contains about 100,000 books and journals.

Sports facilities are available in the college for volleyball, basketball, hockey, cricket, football, badminton, and indoor games.[12]

College campus has a fitness Gymkhana, girls common room, boys common room, and boys and girls common room, playground, 4 canteens & Cafeterias. College also provide hostel for boys belonging to minority or lower socioeconomic culture. A church is also present in the college campus.

Sister institution[edit]


St. Xavier's College, Simdega is a sister institution established by Jesuits of Ranchi province.


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Coordinates: 23°22′4.15″N 85°19′34.32″E / 23.3678194°N 85.3262000°E / 23.3678194; 85.3262000