A Research Milestone For St. Xavier's College Kolkata: The "Central Research Facility" of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, was inaugurated by the Rector, Fr. Dominic Savio, SJ and the Principal, Fr. Felix Raj on the 3rd April 2014. After a short prayer service, Fr. Principal blessed the newest addition to this 153-year-old institution and christened it 'The Fr. Frans Goreaux Central Research Facility' (GCRF), in an attribute to the great Jesuit Mathematician, another legend associated with this college.
This 5000 sq.ft research facility was partially funded by a FIST grant awarded to the College to enhance research facilities of the 'aided' Science departments. Fr. Principal however chose to include the 'self-financed' science departments too, to turn this Centre into a true research Centre for science where Physics, Chemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology will join and share the different facilities.
The facilities include a 'cold lab' that will operate at an ambient temperature of 40C, a 'Plant Tissue Culture laboratory', an 'Animal Tissue Culture Laboratory', a 'Biosciences Laboratory', a 'Chemistry Wet Laboratory', an 'Instrumentation Laboratory ' and a 'Physical Sciences Laboratory', apart from a separate 'Scholars' room', a 'Staff Study', a 'Server Room' and a 'Store'. Alongside the GCRF Lab, there is a 'smart classroom', which will double up as a 'Conference Centre'.
"The Central Research Facility Laboratory is a welcome gift for researchers in minor and major projects", said Fr. Felix Raj. The College has spent more than Rs 1 crore on the facility that offers researchers latest tools and technology. St. Xavier's College, at present, has 15 research scholars and hopes to start PhD programme soon. "I will soon approach the University of Calcutta to allow us to offer PhD course", said Father Raj.
Today no educational institute can pride itself as 'premier' if it cannot boast of a vibrant and productive research community. The GCRF with its state-of-art technology in probes, analysis and instrumentation will provide a further boost to the research culture prevalent in the College. Open from 9.00am to 8.00pm on all weekday s, it will be used for research by under-graduate and post-graduate students, Ph.D scholars and faculty members.
In keeping with the true spirit of the pioneering Jesuit educationists many years ago, the present Jesuit community gave up their century old library and recreation room to make room for the GCRF! Thanks to the Jesuit Community of St. Xavier's. It remains a challenge to all Xaverians to make worthy this sacrifice.
Dr. Tapati Dutta
Professor of Physics