University Updates

St. Xavier's University Admission 2017 (Going on)

* Admission eligibility criteria and procedures are already uploaded on the admission page of the University website.

* Online application forms are available as per the following schedule:

1. PG Courses (MA - ENGLISH, M.A. MASS COMM, M.COM & MSW) : from 23rd May to 9th June, 2017.

2. UG Courses (B.COM, and BMS) : from 26th May to 15th June 2017.

Keep visiting the website for updates: www.sxuk.edu.in

Alumni/ae and SXU friends are kindly asked to share this news with their friends and others to avail the opportunity to study at SXUK.

The Chapel at the SXU Campus, New Town

The paintings on the altar wall shows:

1. The Creation of Adam, the first man, is a fresco painting by Michelangelo (1508–1512). The image of the near-touching hands of God and Adam has become iconic of humanity. The painting has been reproduced in countless imitations and parodies. Leonardo da Vinci's “The Last Supper” and Michelangelo's “Creation of Adam” are the most replicated religious paintings of all time.

2. An artistic portrayal of the Resurrection, showing a triumphant Christ mobbed by angels.

3. Three stained glass images of St. Joseph, Mary (Mother of Jesus) and St. Peter (the first Pope) with the key to heaven.

St. Xavier's University holds its first board meeting

The first Governing Board meeting of St Xavier's University, Kolkata was held on Friday, April 28 at the university's New Town campus. It was chaired by the Chancellor. The first board is effective for a period of four years till March 2021.

The board meeting included chancellor of the University, Father J Velluswamy, vice-chancellor Father J. Felix Raj, principal secretary of the department of higher education Vivek Kumar, the directors of XLRI, XIMB and XIMJ, the secretary of the St Xavier's College alumni association and six principals from 52 Jesuit colleges in India.

"The new board deliberated upon 1. Courses to be offered from 2017 session, 2. Admission policies and procedures, 3. Fee structure, 4.Delegation of power to the VC 5. Ratification of appointments, 6. the inauguration of the first academic session of SXUK on the Rajarhat campus on July 7, 7. the completion of Vision 2020 and so on," said Father Felix Raj.

The board members, after the meeting, toured the newly built campus that is at the moment ready with a six-story academic block. The G+5 floor academic block with 2.3 lakh square feet has four types of classrooms, including galleries and amphitheatres. The residence for VC and the Jesuits named Britto House, with a sacred chapel for prayer, was inaugurated by the SXUK chancellor and the VC of Xavier's University Bhubaneswar prior to the board meeting.

At the board meeting, R N Jhunjhunwalla, attorney-at-law and executive partner, Khaitan and Co, industrialists Sanjiv Goenka and Sanjay Budhia and chairman and managing director, West Bengal Power Development Corporation Ltd, Santanu Basu, were co-opted as members.

The vice-chancellor thanked chief minister Mamata Banerjee, education minister Partha Chatterjee, St. Xavier's College alumni, benefactors and all stake-holders for their support. The next Board meeting will be held on August 19.

The official inauguration on July 7 is likely to see chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who has been closely following the university's progress, visiting the campus. UK-based Indian industrialist and Xaverian L N MIttal will also be present that day.

Mamata Banerjee had earlier sent a personal letter of good wishes to Fr. Felix Raj and his team on the occasion, which was read out at the Board meeting by the VC.


St. Xavier's University gets Vice-Chancellor

Father Felix Raj, SJ, the principal of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata is the first vice-chancellor of St. Xavier's University, Kolkata.

"As vice-chancellor, my first task will be to form the Governing Board of the university, which will consist of 36 members,"Felix Raj said, adding that he would take over the reins of the Rajarhat University with "immediate effect".

Father Jeyaraj Veluswamy, SJ, the chancellor of the university who appointed Fr. Felix Raj as VC, also appointed professor Ashis Mitra as registrar. The bill for setting up the university, which is operational from February 8, the date of notification, was unanimously passed by the Assembly on December 15. Governor K.N. Tripathi gave his consent to the bill on January 16.

The Governing Board, which will include a state government nominee and a UGC representative, will meet for the first time on the University campus on April 28. "St. Xavier's College, which gave birth to the University, kept its quality for 157 years and has become the number one college in India with 3.77 CGPA out of 4. The university will emulate that. It will in no way compromise on quality," Fr. Felix Raj told the press.

The university will start its journey by offering the B.Com, BBA, M.Com, MA in English, Masters in social work and MA in journalism courses Firdausul Hasan, honorary secretary, St. Xavier's College Calcutta Alumni Association, said: "The university is the materialization of Father Felix Raj's visionary dreams. We are thankful to him for giving us the chance to play our part in Vision 2020 and do something for our alma mater."