International Women's Day was celebrated at the Raghabpur campus on 5th March 2017. About 200 women from 8 different villages assembled for this celebration which was organised by the Department of Social Work & NSS in collaboration with the SXCCAA Women's Forum. The day began with an input session presented by Dr. Saswati Chaudhuri of Commerce department (Morning).
Father J. Felix Raj, SJ, Principal of St. Xavier's College and Vice Chancellor of St. Xavier's University was present for the celebration and was felicitated on behalf of all the villages for his outstanding contribution to these villages and for making education available to the rural students.
A meaningful dance drama performed by the students of XADAM set the tone for the group discussion that followed. The village women expressed their challenges and gave suggestions as well. The American students who were also present for the programme were moved by the simplicity of the womenfolk. Language was not a barrier for them to communicate and they enjoyed their participation.
The Women's Forum organised outdoor games post lunch and was happily surprised to see some women dancing.
The Director of Social Work & NSS, Ms. Cheryl Francis thanked Fr. Principal for his constant support and for his concern towards the rural students. She also thanked the NSS Team along with almost 50 volunteers for helping to make this day so special. As a follow up of this programme, the NSS team will be visiting all these villages soon, to form core groups and conduct capacity building workshops for the women.
Chief Minister at Xavier's Christmas Meet
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was at St. Xavier's on December 23rd evening for the College's annual Christmas Meet. She played Santa Claus to Xavier's promising an annual funding of Rs 7 crores to the new St. Xavier's University. She also announced the allotment of four and a half acres of land to St. Xavier's College in Asansol.
"Our congratulations to St. Xavier's and to Fr. Felix Raj for the new university. The foundation stone has already been laid and a lot of money has been spent to get it going. It is a very big project. I was asking Father how much would be spent on salaries of staff," Mamata said.
She then announced with a magician - like flourish: " I can give you a little something. On behalf of our Government, we will give Rs 7 crore annually for the pay package."
A regular guest at the Christmas meet hosted by the Alumni Association of the College, Mamata had played Santa's role in 2012 when she handed over a formal letter to Fr. Felix Raj allocating 16.4 acres of land at Rajarhat for St. Xavier's University.
Fr. Felix Raj, Principal of the College, thanked the Chief Minister and the State Government for passing the St. Xavier's University Bill 2016 unanimously in the Assembly. " This sanction is a test, a challenge to all of us. It is a journey of commitment, concern and credibility towards reaching excellence in higher education. We pledge to honour it and raise it to the greater glory of God and to the welfare of the State of Bengal," he said.
Earler Rector Fr. Dominic Savio said an opening prayer invoking God's blessings on all gathered at the meet. Provincial Fr. Jeyaraj Veluswamy thanked the Chief Minister and her Government for the Christmas gift in the form of the St. Xavier's University.
On behalf of the Alumni Association, Firdausul Hasan, the Honorary Secretary presented a statue of Mother Mary with Child Jesus, made in Ausgram, Burdwan. " The vision 2020 of Fr. Felix Raj is becoming a reality. We shall continue to assist our St. Xavier" s University to emerge as one of the centres of excellence in the country," said Hasan.
The College choir consisting of students from the department of education and XADAM sang melodious carols and hymns as the Chief Minister and others cut a Christmas cake. The Chief Minister offered cake to all on the dais.
Courtesy: The Telegraph, Calcutta
We are all set for a date with our college mates as we gear up to celebrate ‘Flasback’ at our Annual Reunion Dinner – ‘Sangam’, on 29.12.2016, Thursday, 6.00 pm onwards.
The wonderful evening shall commence as we rewind and relive our memories with live musical extravaganza by “Bombay Meri Jaan” by Sourendro & Soumyojit of You & I. This is to be followed by felicitation of Chief Guest and Cake Cutting ceremony for the batch of 1992. Then Xaverians shall dance to the pulsating beats of DJ Harish. Invites for the Dinner are available @ Room # 5, for Rs. 700 each (dinner plus snacks) from 16.12.2016.
For further information you may contact: Room No.5 @033-22805566.
Looking forward to seeing you in our theme colour - black and white on 29th December. Come let’s get on the Time Machine and go back to Flashback together!