ST. XAVIER'S UNIVERSITY
Inauguration of Kolkata Campus and Commencement of First Academic Session

The inauguration ceremony of St. Xavier's University Kolkata took place on 7th July 2017. The momentous occasion was graced by the Hon'ble Chief Minister Ms.Mamata Banerjee, Hon'ble Education Minister Dr. Partha Chatterjee, Mr.Lakshmi Niwas Mittal, the Chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, Mrs.Usha Mittal, Hon'ble Chancellor Father Jeyaraj Veluswamy, Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor Father Felix Raj, Hon'ble Rector Fr. Dominic Savio and several other dignitaries.

Mr. Mittal articulated his experiences as a student of St. Xavier's College and the lesson of decision making he learnt from his Alma Mater. He has since secured emotional and moral assurance on numerous occasions of his business career from the values St. Xavier's inculcated in him. The Chief Minister congratulated the Jesuits for setting up yet another seat of higher learning of strong ethical and aesthetic virtues, she highlighted the contributions of St. Xavier's towards the academic, cultural and social endorsements of West Bengal. She expressed her firm belief that like Harvard and Oxford, St. Xavier's University Kolkata will soon be of global significance, thriving on the principles of faith and wisdom.

The Chancellor, Father Jeyaraj Veluswamy called the inauguration a function of divine sanction as he christened the audience with the realisation of the Ignatian charism and reminded all about the precious responsibility of service to a greater number of students for the greater glory of God. Codes of custom and cultural practices are propagated by the educations of St. Xavier's and Father Chancellor thanked all the men and women who have contributed to the making of this historical moment of the birth of St. Xavier's University Kolkata.

Father Felix Raj, the first VC of St. Xavier's University Kolkata expressed his gratitude to Mr. Mittal, Ms.Mamata Banerjee, Dr.Partha Chatterjee, the Government of West Bengal and all the stake holders of St. Xavier's for their unstinted support and cooperation. He ordained the students, let St. Xavier's be the DNA, the genetic code that students have reached out to the world with. Father VC pledged reciprocal exchanges of service and patronage, loyalty towards academic and social relationships and invoked the Grace of the Lord who presides over the good and glory of the human race.



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."