St. Xavier's University holds its first board meeting
Posted : 29 April 2017
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.