Sunday, January 20, 2008

St Xaviers Kolkata

Motto: Nihil Ultra
Established 16 January, 1860
Rector: Rev. J. Maliyekal, SJ
Principal: Rev. P. C. Mathew, SJ
Vice Principal Rev Felix Raj
Location Kolkata, West Bengal, India

St. Xavier's began its excursion towards eternity on the 16th of January, 1860, on the grounds of the Sans Souci theatre, led by a small group of Jesuit Fathers, with Fr. H. Depelchin at the helm. Inside two years, it was affiliated to Calcutta University, and St Xavier's has moved forward with assuring and giant strides. From the longest serving chief minister of India Jyoti Basu to India’s most successful captain Sourav Ganguly, and from India’s few Olympic medalists Leander Paes to India’s richest man L.N. Mittal, with faculty ranging from celebrated scientist Jagadish Chandra Bose, to another eminent one C.V. Raman, St. Xavier's is accountable for the education of many, if not most world famous Indians.It is a dream of every parent if not students to send their wards to one of the most prestigious institutions in India and I am very lucky like most of you that I have gained admission in this revered institute.

Having gained autonomous status, with effect from July, 2006, St. Xavier's College can now construct its own syllabus, and conduct examinations.

St. Xavier's College is located in Kolkata, India, and is named after St. Francis Xavier, a Jesuit saint of the 16th century, who voyaged to India. The College was founded by the Jesuits (the Society of Jesus), a Christian religious group started by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in 1540. Since its initiation, the Jesuits have concentrated in the field of education, among other things, and were even called the "school-masters of Europe" at one time.

The Jesuits have founded many colleges named after St. Francis Xavier in various parts of India. The best known colleges are in Kolkata, Ahmedabad, and Mumbai. St.Xavier’s College ,Mumbai has been a constant competitor of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, in terms of ranking although of late it seen nowhere near its Kolkata counterpart. St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, was affiliated to the University of Calcutta and has been granted autonomy on July,2006. It is located in Park Street and is famous for its science, economics, commerce and English faculty. The commerce department conducts its classes in the morning which commences at 6 am which is troublesome for a lot of students but since most of the Xaverians go for professional courses like C A and C S ,its necessary that the classes begin early and as a result the students are done with classes by 10 am and normally work during the day. The science and arts department conducts their classes during the day. Recently the commerce department has also introduced co-eductional B.Com course which is held during the day which starts from 3.30 and ends by 7 pm.. The B.B.A department which was established in 2002 is gaining credit year by year. The college has two main hostels, the Christian and the Hindu hostels. The Christian hostel is inside the college compound .The Hindu hostel is near La Martiniere Girls School ,Kolkata.

The college motto is "Nihil Ultra," Latin for "Nothing Beyond." Its alumni, as well as the students, call themselves Xaverians. Apart from its education,St Xavier’s is also known for its fest Xavotsav which will be held this year from 22nd January to 24th January 2008.

Famous alumni include
Rahul Goenka
Rizwanur Rahman
Nikhil Bhagat
Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose
Pankaj Roy Burman
Anil Chatterjee
Ramananda Chatterjee
A.B.A. Ghani Khan Choudhury
Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy
Tapobrata Roy Choudhuri
Satyabrata Rai Chowdhuri
Utpal Dutt
Jamal Nazrul Islam
Sourav Ganguly
Buddhadev Guha
Chandra Hirjee
Ranadeb Bose
Devang Gandhi
P. Lal
Lakshmi Niwas Mittal
Norman Pritchard
Hamoodur Rahman
Benjamin Walker
Vijay Mallya
Sanjay Ray Chowdhury
Amitava Bose
Harsh Neotia
Lakshmi Narayan Mittal
Ananda mohan Chakraborti
Bickram Ghosh
Sanjay Budhia
Hamid Ansari
Shashi Tharoor.

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