After Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur (XLRI) and Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB), both run by the Jesuit family, St Xavier's College (autonomous) Kolkata is all set to join the league of premier Bschools in the country.
St Xavier's University , which is coming up at Rajarhat, will throw open its gates to the first batch of students for MBA from the 2017-2018 academic session. There will be 60 seats in the first year. The process of admission will be on the similar lines of XLRI and XIMB, where students will be selected through the Xavier Admission Test (XAT).
The university will also offer four other courses in the first year -Masters of Social Work (MSW), BCom, Bachelor of Business Administration and MCom.
"We are ready with the draft bill. It will be submitted by the end of June. It will then be passed by the assembly to become an act. With Mamata Banerjee returning to power, I expect everything will sail smoothly and St Xavier's College will be able to start its journey as a university from July 2017," said Felix Raj, college principal and president of the St Xavier's College (Calcutta) Alumni Association (SXCCAA).
To realize the Vision 2020 of Felix Raj, eight global alumni chapters and four national chapters met at the sixth international convention of SXCCAA held in Toronto from May 20 to 22. The inauguration of Beyond Boundaries VI was attended by J P Hurrigan, Pro vincial of the Jesuit community in Toronto, SXCCAA secretary Firdausul Hasan and global convention convenor Shrikant Jain.
The meet was successful with the Canadian and North American chapter of the association promising to build the first phase of the girls hostel on Rajarhat campus. One of the alumnus has donated funds to build the cafeteria.Funds were also collected through the auctioning of paintings.
"Every year, we host Be yond Boundaries with a purpose. The main aim of our conventions is to build fellowship with Xaverian community and through it raise funds for our alma mater, which our duty. We are what we are because of this great institution and it's time to pay back," said Sabi Marwah, the ex-COO of Scotiabank and a Xaverian.
In a session on local success stories of Indians in Canada or of Xaverian origin, Startrex president Jaydev Sarkar asked the budding generation to never give up. Arnab Guha, partner of Phase 5, and Ishaan Ghosh, partner in Barrett and Welsh, motivated the aspiring entrepreneurs to follow their heart.
In the cultural exchange, Ron Thomas and Vidhi belted out western numbers. It was followed by a scintillating dance recital by actor Rituparna Sengupta. The evening was sealed with mesmerizing ghazals and singer Shayne Hyrapiet enthralling the audience with his foot-tapping renditions of Bollywood music.
(The author is in Toronto on an invitation from the St Xavier's College Calcutta Alumni Association)