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 the University of Calcutta in 1862. While preference is shown to the educational and cultural needs of the Christian Minority community and the poor i.e. socially and financially marginalized, admission is open to all irrespective of caste, creed and nationality. With a long and rewarding history of achievement of the Jesuits in education, our College community continues to move forward together with confidence, pride and enthusiasm. This institution was created with an objective of providing 360 degree quality education which will enable students not only to thrive in academics but also motivate them towards character building, leadership, extra and co-curricular activities. A very strong, dedicated and capable team of educators has always been the driving force in the growth of the College.
Principled on the motto "NIHIL ULTRA" meaning "NOTHING BEYOND" and with the vision to promote a society based on love, freedom, liberty, justice, equality and fraternity, St. Xavier's College aims to form young men and women of competence, commitment, compassion and conscience - men and women for others. This is the ideology of Jesuit Education. This enables the students to herald in the social change - national and global. The College aims to inculcate the highest intellectual standards through rigorous academic commitment and discipline. Students are inspired to aspire to higher level of academic achievement by mastering the subjects they have chosen to study. The College stands committed to make teaching and learning "Student Centric" which makes the students think, analyse and work independently by inculcating original and creative thinking.
Inclusive practices of the institution to impart holistic education are inherent in the system. The institution is completely secular in character. Students belong to every social class, community and linguistic group. They are trained to become men and women of competence, commitment, compassion and conscience. Equity and access in availability, special attention to the weaker sections and representation of women in all aspects ensure promotion of social justice.
Our commitment at St. Xavier's College is to provide a conducive and intellectually challenging environment that will empower students to become innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers and inspired learners prepared to thrive in the 21st Century with a humane touch. High standards and expectations for each student in regard to academic performance, co-curricular participation, and responsible citizenship are the foundation of our teaching. It is with pride that we hold these high standards and ask each of our students to commit to maintain the extraordinary record of achievement and contribution that has been the legacy of Xaverians. We encourage all our students to develop high expectations about themselves, their work and their behaviour, which is an expression of our values of Personal Best, Integrity, Respect and Responsibility.
Our academic standards persistently improve and the curriculum we offer is carefully designed to engage and enthuse, providing students with the necessary skills to prosper in an ever-changing world. The main emphasis is on teaching and learning with sufficient prominence to research and consultancy. The College provides an environment and ambience of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education to support and promote research effective and innovative learning and teaching practices. With a state-of-the art Central Research Facility and renovated Observatory with latest equipments, research at St. Xavier's has become an integral part of teaching and learning.
With great modesty, I mention here some of the recent achievements of the College:
- First Autonomous College in West Bengal.
- College with Potential for Excellence and College of Excellence thereafter, awarded by University Grants Commission (UGC).
- College with a Special Heritage Status, awarded by UGC.
- A++ College with a CGPA of 3.77 on a scale of 4, awarded by NAAC.
A significant achievement with regard to extension activities of the College is the setting up of Raghabpur Campus. Raghabpur, about 25 kms away from the main campus, caters primarily to the academic needs of the rural students. This is in line with the Jesuit motto "Magis" that means "more" or "greater". It is related to 'Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam', a Latin phrase meaning "for the greater glory of God", the motto of the Society of Jesus. Magis refers to the philosophy of doing more for God, and therefore doing more for others and the society.
St. Xavier's College is the only undergraduate College in India with a responsibility of managing an Educational Multi Media Research Centre (EMMRC) of UGC. Established in 1986, the EMMRC is one of the best centers in the country and has won many awards.
St Xavier's college boasts of an illustrious alumni association comprising of
eminent personalities in both academics and industry. The alumni group is very
active in many ways and organises meetings on a regular basis to mobilise funds
for college welfare, social welfare activities, cultural activities. There are
national and international chapters in places like Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi,
Assam, Canada, Bangkok, USA, UK, Singapore, Europe and Australia.
I am honoured and very proud to serve and lead St. Xavier's College, Kolkata. It is my obsession for education that has driven me to endeavour for a comprehensive and culturally receptive educational environment where every individual is given adequate support and enthusiasm to achieve his/her objective. However, we are never complacent and we constantly improve ourselves, in order to serve the community with the very best education. I am confident that with the support of the Jesuit community, our students, staff, parents, alumni/ae, well-wishers and benefactors, we will continue to flourish and prosper and serve the society at large.
May God bless us all!
Rev. Dr. Dominic Savio, S.J.