NIHIL ULTRA: Nothing Beyond

About St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata

The College

Characteristics

A Christian Minority Higher Educational Institution, St. Xavier's was founded in 1860 by a Catholic Minority Religious body, the Society of Jesus, and was affiliated to Calcutta University in 1862. While preference is shown to the educational and cultural needs of the Minority community, admission is open to all irrespective of caste, creed and nationality!

 

A Multi-faculty College

St. Xavier's College offers UG and PG courses under five faculties : Arts, Science, Commerce, Business Administration, and Education. It also offers various professional certificate and diploma courses under Career Oriented Programmes and Computer Centre. St. Xavier's offers Ph.d in Physics, Biotechnology, Microbiology and Commerce.

 

Medium

The medium of instruction is English. However, candidates coming from vernacular medium schools are offered facilities to improve their skill in spoken English.

 

Policy

As a Jesuit higher educational institution, St Xavier's pursues a policy in admission, formation and training, in favour of the Christian minority and the poor i.e. socially and financially marginalized including SC / ST / OBC. Financial assistance in terms of scholarships, direct financial assistance, book bank facility etc are generously offered to deserving and talented students, irrespective of caste and creed.

 

Three Shifts

The College has three shifts:

I. Morning Session (6am-9:50am) - B.Com. - for boys only.
II. Day Session (9am-4:30pm) - B.A., B.Sc, and B.Ed - co-educational (for boys & girls).
III. Evening Session (3pm-8pm) - B.B.A and B.Com. - co-educational (for boys & girls).

 

What does AUTONOMY mean?

SXC is an Autonomous college, it is not a DEEMED TO BE UNIVERSITY and therefore not empowered to offer degrees. It is empowered to formulate its own syllabus, and establish its own evaluation system, i.e. conduct exams and publish the results. the Degree Certificates will be issued by the Parent University, with the signature of the Vice Chancellor, bearing the name of the College. More...

 

Ownership and Administration of College

St. Xavier's College is owned and managed by the Jesuits of the Calcutta province of the Society of Jesus. With the registration of Catholic Mission of West Bengal (also known as Calcutta Province of the Society of Jesus) under the Societies Registration Act 1961, the ownership of St. Xavier's College was vested with this said Society from its registration in 1973, and it was administered by a Governing Body constituted as per statutes of Calcutta University. In May 2005, the Founder Body initiated the registration of a new Society, in the style and name of St. Xavier's College Kolkata Educational Trust. The administration and management of St. Xavier's College is now brought under this Trust with effect from 1st June 2006, and the day-to-day administration is vested with the Governing Body, as per guidelines of the UGC for Autonomous Colleges with minority character.

 

Boards of Studies

Every subject or department has formed its own Board of Studies as per UGC guidelines. Each Board of Studies is entrusted with the task of formulating / revising the syllabus and initiating innovative teaching learning methodologies. The Bos meets at least once a semester.

 

Vision & Mission Statement

History beckons, St. Xavier's College is a hundred and fifty five years young. St. Xavier's is a metaphor for commitment, care and service, and this momentous hour of the history of our college makes us, the Xaverians articulate our pledge for posterity, our 'vision' of the 'mission' of St. Xavier's College, our ambition and aspiration for future. We are proud of the progress of St. Xavier's College of today - a precious seed has prospered into a vital, virtuous tree. The college has evolved into a nationally ranked, multifaceted and co-educational institution.

As enunciated in its Mission Statement, St. Xavier's has, during the days of its journey welcomed those of all beliefs and traditions, and has respected and valued 'the diversity which their membership brings to the College Community.' Accommodation of such diversity has always been the abiding attribute of any Jesuit enterprise. Founded under the auspices of a particular religious denomination, we, today, find ourselves completely secular in character. We are determined to preserve this identity. We firmly believe that the distinctive Catholic and Jesuit character of the College, both in tradition and spirit is integral to our identity. We believe that St. Xavier's College can remain faithful to its heritage and extend its intent to meet the intellectual and spiritual challenges of the contemporary and future academic world.

Working conscientiously and creatively, we shall forge a vision of what St. Xavier's can be as a Catholic and Jesuit College for the twenty-first century. The following version of our Vision Statement crystallizes our critical self-understanding of the Mission of St. Xavier's College. We are certain that it will further the prospects for an ongoing dialogue with our peers as we discover anew the Catholic and Jesuit dimensions of the future of the College. Rooted in the life, love and teachings of Jesus Christ and inspired by the Ignatian Vision of forming men and women for others, St. Xavier's continues to strive:

 

Our Vision

To promote a society based on love, freedom, liberty, justice, equality and fraternity.

Our Mission

  • To become a centre of excellence in Higher Education;
  • To excel in all areas of teaching-learning, research, outreach and consultancy;
  • To contribute to the creation of knowledge and to search for the meaning of life;
  • To provide education that qualifies as international class for our students;
  • To be a bridge between the rural-urban divide, taking the benefits of education to the poor and the marginalized, aiming at their empowerment;
  • To ensure access to and equity in higher educational opportunity to all deserving and meritorious students with a preferential option for the poor and marginalized, irrespective of caste and creed;
  • To inspire and challenge all segments of the college to raise the realm of good to great to greater, through continuous quality assessment;
  • To offer subjects for competence building and motivate / animate a work force imbued with human values;
  • To become a home of culture and to consciously promote communal harmony and cultural integration to create an atmosphere of dialogue in the campus;
  • To promote academic exchange and academia-industry interfacing, taking advantage of the latest technology;
  • To develop application-oriented courses, with the necessary inputs of values, with a view to produce all-round development of persons;
  • To form young men and women of competence, commitment, conscience and compassion;
  • To contribute to the well-being of the nation without counting the cost; in the spirit of NIHIL ULTRA (Nothing Beyond), the motto of St. Xavier's;

Value Framework to accomplish our Mission

  • Fostering passionate pursuit for academic and intellectual excellence;
  • Promoting social concern leading to action;
  • Cultivating uncompromising commitment towards enhancing the quality of life both at the organizational and societal level;
  • Instilling in students integrity, perseverance and transparency;
  • Facilitating creativity and innovativeness in all endeavours;
  • Enabling leadership to become agents of social change and shape a better future.
  • Encouraging discipline, teamwork and Collaboration;
  • Providing education with a human face;

 

A Brief History of the College

A host of seven Belgian Jesuits arrived at Calcutta in November 1859, under the leadership of Fr. H. Depelchin (Rector: 1860-1871), in the Founding Father of the second St. Xavier's, They shifted St. Xavier's from Chowringhee to the Sans Souci Theatre in January 1860, which is now the honest home of learned professors and zealous students.

With one hundred and fifty two years of service to the nation, St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, has grown today into a leading educational institution in India. Both St. Xavier's School and College are proud of their contribution to the cause of education and culture in Bengal for 152 years. These twin institutions have produced many great educationists and students who earned regard and respect for their Alma Mater.

Fr. E. Lafont was appointed Rector in October 1871, He was a gifted teacher of physics. The terrible cyclone of November 1864 proved the begging of his fame. The catastrophe might have been much greater, had not Fr. Lafont signaled the timely warning.

It was Fr. O'Neill (Rector: 1904-1913) who gave the College its crest and the motto: Nihil Ultra, a motto, significant and suggestive of a noble ideal, of an unconquerable hope, that urges the Xaverian to a consistent quest for the higher. The motto of the young Xaverian is the old maxim : " Perfectum nihil est, aliqiriddum restat agentiim" (Nothing is Perfect as long as anything remains to be done).

The tiny seed has grown into a mighty tree. In the year of its centenary (1960), St. Xavier's had on its rolls 3503 students. It has, now 50 years later, 7, 106 students of whom 2,162 are in the school and 4,944 in the college. A total teaching stuff of 213 is educating them. The school section, starting from the Primary, leads up to the ISC Final Examination. The College offers UG and PG Courses under five faculties : Arts, Science, Commerce, Business Administration and Education.

St. Francis Xavier is the Patron of St. Xavier's College. There is not an educated Indian who has not heard the name of Francis Xavier. It is to India that Ignatius of Loyola, the Founder of the Society of Jesus, sent his greatest son, Francis Xavier in 1542. Xavier was a zealous "missionary on the move". He sailed to Malacca and Japan in 1549 where he spent two and a half years. In April 1552 he set sail to China via Malacca from Goa, never to return alive. He died at Sancian, a small island facing china, on 2 December 1552. Wherever he went, he plunged himself into charitable and pastoral work preaching the message of God's love to people. He worked in India for 10 years from 1542 to 1552, called the Xaverian decade. 

The list of the old students of St. Xavier's includes many scientists, actors, film makers, poets and industrialists in Bengal. It can boast of some of its pupils who became international figures of repute: Rabindranath Tagore and Jagadish Chandra Bose. While Tagore was impressed by the relationship between teachers and students at St. Xavier's, Bose found encouragement for his introduction to science in the person of Fr. Lafont, who was called "the father of science" in India. Three chief ministers of Bengal - H. S. Suhrawarby, Siddhartha Shankar Ray and Jyoti Basu passed through the portals of St. Xavier's. You will invariable come, across, in any important office in Kolkata, a Xaverian who has excelled in his field. 

St. Xavier's has always been known for his cosmopolitan and national character. Much before the expression "national integration" gained currency, St. Xavier's had tried to foster among its students the spirit and practice of it. Coming as they do from all over India and from various communities, they live in complete harmony, understanding and mutual respect. Thus they are encouraged to develop beyond local and group affinities, loyalties to the country and the society at large.

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) recognized St. Xavier College as an "A" grade institution in 2003. In May 2006, it was declared a College with Potential for Excellence by the UGC. From July 2006, it became an Autonomous College (the first in West Bengal). In 2011, NAAC assessed St. Xavier's as an Autonomous College with a CGPA of 3.53 on a scale of 4. In 2012 UGC team visited the college. The team granted the renewal of Autonomy. St. Xavier's College has purchased 17 acres of land at Rajarhat and has taken possession of the property. The foundation stone at Rajarhat was laid by the Honorable Chief Minister of West Bengal, Ms Mamta Banerjee on 27th December, 2013. His Grace Archbishop Thomas D'Souza blessed the foundation stone and Fr. Jeyaraj Veluswamy SJ. Provincial blessed the site.

In March 2014 St. Xavier's has been honored with the status of "College of Excellence". In July 2014 the rural face of St. Xavier's set up the campus at Raghabpur, South 24 Parganas - The college offers courses in B. Com Honours, Bengali Honours and BA Genral. An Honours course in History will be offered from July 2015.

The EMMRC building at the EM By pass campus is another instance of the extenstion of the college.
The Boy's Hostel is in use from July 2014. The boys presently staying in Park Street Hostel will shift to the new hostel. The Girls Hostel is nearing completion. The girls' hostel will be functional from July 2015 for the session 2015-16.
St. Xavier's has over these 156 years remained steadfast and persevered in the midst of troubles and anxieties. Now with all the richness of the past, it embraces the future with the same spirit- "Nihil Ultra" (Nothing beyond).

 

College Profile


An Overview - As on 1st October, 2015

   
Founder Rev. Fr. H. Depelchin, S.J.
Foundation Day 16th January, 1860
Motto "Nihil Ultra" (Nothing Beyond)
Aim To form Men & Women for Others
Autonomous Status March 2006
"College of Excellence" by UGC April 2014
"SPECIAL HERITAGE STATUS" by UGC July 2015
NAAC Accreditation GRADE-A (CGPA : 3.53/4)

 

Number of Staff    
Teaching:    
Full-time 203 Ph.D. : 84
Part-time 21 M.Phil. : 27
Guest 48  
Total (Teaching) 272  
Support Staff 230  
     

 

Campuses  
i. Mother Teresa Sarani
ii. Raghabpur
iii. St. Lawrence
iv. E M Bypass - EMMRC

 

Number of Students   Number of Courses  
UG 6628 UG 16
PG 571 PG 7
B.ED. 50 B.ED. 1
Others 604 Others 17
Total 7853 Total 41