The St. Xavier's University Kolkata Bill Passed in the WB Legislative Assembly
Posted : 16 Dec 2016
The St. Xavier's University, Kolkata T Bill 2016 was passed unanimously on December 15 in the West Bengal Assembly, paving the way for a new university at New Town, Rajarhat, to meet the growing need for quality facilities and to encourage private investment in the state's Higher Education. The SXUK will be a private and constituent university.
The bill provides that the SXUK may have as many constituent colleges situated within Bengal that are established and administered by the Jesuits.
St Xavier's College Kolkata Educational Trust is the sponsoring agency of the university. It will have the power to manage all higher education institutions run by the Jesuit Trust across the State. The trust will provide instruction, teaching, training and research in various disciplines and specialised field of science, technology, law, management, social sciences, medicine, education, humanities, performing arts and several other areas.
the Jesuit Provincial of the Calcutta Province of the Society of Jesus will be the Chancellor ex-officio as the President of the Trust. He will appoint the Vice-Chancellor from among the Jesuits in consultation with the Governing Board.
The university will start operating from the 2017-'18 academic session.
The government had some difficulties with the proposal from the St Xavier's authorities to set up the university on a Public-Private- Partnership (PPP) model on the ground that there is no such precedence.
"St Xavier's college has been recognised as one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the country, and allowing them to open a university will encourage research in various branches of learning and course of study, promote advancement and dissemination of knowledge and learning and extend higher education to meet the growing needs of society," education minister Partha Chatterjee said, moving the bill.
"This is a historic moment for all Jesuits in Bengal and St. Xavier's College in particular," said Father Felix Raj, principal of St. Xavier's College Kolkata, who has been at the forefront of the initiative to set up the university.
"I thank the chief minister, the Bengal Government and all the legislators for being supportive to our cause. Now, we will be able to serve more students and set up another centre of excellence," added the principal.
The alumni of St. Xavier's College welcomed the move. "It is a big day for us and a good start. We shall stand by the Jesuits to make it a world class university, " said Firdausul Hasan, the honorary secretary of St. Xavier's College Calcutta Alumni Association.
The Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee visited the St. Xavier's College on December 23, and shared the joy with the Jesuits. She has been very supportive of the Jesuit projects in Bengal. She joined the alumni in a Christmas celebration that evening.