As I always say that it is a divine work to establish and administer this Jesuit University, I have found that we have been universally helped by the Almighty every time. Since beginning, we have been receiving cooperation from noble hearts at various capacities. The journey has been good so far despite all challenges.
St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata, within a very short span of time has appeared to be the first choice for those who are desirous of getting value-based education. We are having students from different corners of the nation which helps us to strengthen the pluralistic realities of the nation.
During the pandemic period, regular online classes have been conducted and examinations were held in timely manner. Once situation started to normalize, adhering to all protocols related to prevention of COVID-19 pandemic, we first started offline classes from February 7, 2022 with the postgraduate and Ph.D.sections and then we called back our undergraduate students from February 28, 2022.
The campus is vibrant with smiles as students started coming into the campus everyday. Teachers as well become more enthusiastic as they have been able to get back to the normal classroom mode of teaching–learning. We have meticulously planned our curriculum on time based on the UGC guidelines and have been able to provide the very best to our stakeholders.
St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata, being a Jesuit University with its motto of ‘Nihil Ultra’ (Nothing Beyond), promotes an interreligious approach in the context of multi-religious, multicultural and multilinguistic realities of India. We aim to form global leaders for today and tomorrow to create a better world. To us here, every student is a burning candle, that lits up other candles.
Xaverian motto ‘Nihil Ultra’ means without limits, infinite and unending. They reflect the spirit of our lives, the rhythm of our universe, the vision of our minds, the hymn of our compassion, the depth of our hearts. It also means development, advancement and betterment as only these are without limit.
We emphasize on social involvement of every student in the life and spirit of this country. We follow the footsteps of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, who believed in making every educational institution as the temple of knowledge and wisdom. We always strive to live upto it. The Jesuits arguably impart the best known education in our country. Our educational initiative is the largest global initiative. Our values and strategies flow from the Ignatian charism and rich legacy.
We are presently offering nineteen programs under four major disciplines viz, Arts and Social Sciences, Management, Commerce and Law. Under the Faculty of Arts and Social Studies, the University offers Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs in English, Mass Communication and Economics. We are also offering Master of Social Work (MSW) and M.A. in Psychology as part of Arts and Social Science faculty. From the new session, we are about to commence M.Sc. in Computer Science and Statistics and also M.A. in Philosophy.
As you know, a University is the seat of higher education, our University boasts of having more than 86 research scholars in its roll in various disciplines of Commerce, Management, Economics, English and Mass Communication.
The New Education Policy 2020 aims to pave the path for major transformational reforms in the entire higher education sector. We believe that the NEP 2020 will develop the education scenario of the country which in turn will make India a global superpower in education ensuring excellence equity, access, employability and inclusion of all segments of society.
As a Jesuit University, we are focusing on quality outcomes in access, pedagogy, research, consultancy and innovation in education, enrolment of students and their employability. This University reaches out to everyone, thus maintaining the vision of equity. We are in the process of continuously augmenting our infrastructure with adding new buildings, sports facilities, cafeteria, state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratory, and library. We believe that we shall be able to reach our goals through constructive outcomes and academic leadership.
May God continue to bless all of us. Nihil Ultra!
Fr. Dr. J. Felix Raj, SJ
March 26, 2022