St. Xavier's University gets Vice-Chancellor
Father Felix Raj, SJ, the principal of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata is the first vice-chancellor of St. Xavier's University, Kolkata.
"As vice-chancellor, my first task will be to form the Governing Board of the university, which will consist of 36 members,"Felix Raj said, adding that he would take over the reins of the Rajarhat University with "immediate effect".
Father Jeyaraj Veluswamy, SJ, the chancellor of the university who appointed Fr. Felix Raj as VC, also appointed professor Ashis Mitra as registrar.
The bill for setting up the university, which is operational from February 8, the date of notification, was unanimously passed by the Assembly on December 15. Governor K.N. Tripathi gave his consent to the bill on January 16.
The Governing Board, which will include a state government nominee and a UGC representative, will meet for the first time on the University campus on April 28.
"St. Xavier's College, which gave birth to the University, kept its quality for 157 years and has become the number one college in India with 3.77 CGPA out of 4. The university will emulate that. It will in no way compromise on quality," Fr. Felix Raj told the press.
The university will start its journey by offering the B.Com, BBA, M.Com, MA in English, Masters in social work and MA in journalism courses.
Firdausul Hasan, honorary secretary, St. Xavier's College Calcutta Alumni Association, said: "The university is the materialization of Father Felix Raj's visionary dreams. We are thankful to him for giving us the chance to play our part in Vision 2020 and do something for our alma mater."