'LIMITLESS SKIES AND ENDLESS LIGHT'
- An experience to remember…
19th to 22nd June 2015
"AshimAakasheAgonoKiron..." was the theme for this year's
Prayas (Village to College) camp held from 19th to 22nd June at the St. Xavier's
College (Park Street) campus. The college hosted about 60 rural students of
standard 11 and 12 of the Raghabpur St. Paul's Higher Secondary School.
The camp was inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Felix Raj, SJ, Principal of
the College. In his inaugural address he stated, "Our sole aim was to speak from
our hearts. We wanted to reach out to the rural students and we have been
successful to a large extent. The St. Xavier's College Raghabpur Campus is the
fruit of this Prayas." Mr. Amit Chatterjee, the Headmaster of Raghabpur
St. Paul's H.S. School appreciated and thanked Fr. Felix Raj, SJ for this major
initiative. He said, "I wish many more Colleges take up this project
prayas so that more and more rural students will get a chance to continue
Inspired by the success of Prayas and to replicate its success in their own
College, four student representatives from St. Xavier's College, Patna, along
with their Vice Principal Fr. Sushil Bilung, SJ were present to witness this
exchange of knowledge and culture.
The campers had a variety of experience during their short stay in Xavier's.
Ranging from campus tour, visiting Mother's Teresa's Tomb, and visiting the
historical sites of Kolkata and the Science City to attending English sessions
conducted by College students. They were also treated to the movie "English
During the Valedictory function on the last day, the campers were overwhelmed.
Thanking her 'College Didis", Sushmita Bag of class XII said, "I had a great
fear of English but after being in this camp for four days, I have overcome this
fear to a great extent." Monalisa Sardar, another camper took this opportunity
to express her gratitude to the College and said, "In this camp we got an
opportunity to develop our personality. We learnt English.... We also learnt
time management and discipline." Visibly happy with the efforts of the
organisers, Rev. Fr. Felix Raj, SJ, applauded and congratulated the campers
saying, "If so much transformation can be brought about in 3 days, then
imagine what transformation will be brought about in your village if all of you
study in a college for 3 years"! Father appreciated the efforts of the
NSS volunteers and thanked them for keeping the Xaverian spirit thriving in the
On 21st June, the Alumni Association hosted a special lunch for the campers. Fr.
Rector, Fr. Principal and many other Fathers and Alumni association members
joined them for lunch, which the campers and volunteers were pleasantly
surprised at as one volunteer expressed in her sharing, "The Fathers came
down to have lunch with us which I think was the biggest act of humility in the
A project that began in 2006 by Rev. Fr. Felix Raj, SJ and a group of dedicated
Xavierians, has grown into a fruit bearing tree with the establishment of the
rural campus at Raghabpur. Prayas has spread from two villages to nine. In fact
this year one more village, Hugalkuria, will be brought into its fold.
We hope that many more colleges will initiate this effort and ensure that more
and more rural students pursue higher education.
Director of Social Work & NSS
St. Xavier's College (Autonomous)