SXUK : In Press 2017

The Sequel Unfolds...

By: The Telegraph (Calcutta) Dated: Saturday, July 8, 2017

Saturday, July 8, 2017:

Power lessons from an old boy

By: The Telegraph (Calcutta) Dated: Friday, July 7, 2017
LN Mittal takes a question from a student of St. Xavier's at the interactive session. Picture by Pabitra Das

CHANDREYEE CHATTERJEE July 7: He flew down from London to witness his alma mater spread its wings. The inauguration ceremony of St.Xavier's University in Rajarhat wrapped up, industrialist L. N. Mittal interacted with Xaverians past and present.

Metro attended the session in an amphitheatre-style classroom in the academic block, named The Lakshmi and Usha Mittal Foundation Building in acknowledgement of the generous donation for the wing. Excerpts:

Always a Calcuttan

It is always a great pleasure to come back to Calcutta. I was telling my wife, ami Kolkatar chhele ( I am a Calcutta boy), but I can't speak Bengali as well as my wife. She corrects me whenever I speak incorrect Bengali. Today was a great day for Xavier's. Father Felix Raj and I have been dreaming of this day for some years now. Read More...

Success: past, present & future

By: The Telegraph (Calcutta) Dated: Friday, July 7, 2017
Laxmi Niwas Mittal ( centre) with wife Usha and father Mohan Lal at the inauguration ceremony of St. Xavier's University in Rajarhat on Friday. Picture by Pabitra Das

OUR BUREAU Thursday, July 7, 2017: The seeds of Lakshmi Niwas Mittal's success as a steel baron were probably sown during his days as a student of St. Xavier's College, Calcutta.

The chairman and chief executive officer of Arcelor- Mittal acknowledged the contribution of his alma mater at the inauguration of St. Xavier's University in Rajarhat today.

"I have always seen opportunity in challenge and that started at St. Xavier's. The education that I got also taught me to take bold decisions," said Mittal, who left India in 1976 with a few trusted lieutenants to set up a steel mill in Indonesia, much before globalisation became a buzzword among India Inc. Read More...

Calling students

By: The Telegraph (Calcutta) Dated: Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thursday, March 9, 2017: Father Felix Raj, the newly appointed vice-chancellor of St. Xavier's University, announced on Wednesday that the varsity would issue forms for the bachelor in commerce and the bachelor in management studies courses as soon as the final board exam results are declared. The university will open doors to students this July. Forms for postgraduate courses - MA in English and mass communication, master's in finance and control, and social work - will be distributed in May. "The university is in the process of deciding on the fee structure but it will be on the lines of the fees of the self-financing courses offered by St. Xavier's College," Felix Raj said.  Read More...

St Xavier's new campus sets eyes on Vision 2025

By: The Times of India (Kolkata) Dated: Thursday, March 9, 2017

March 9, 2017: A sprawling football field, a state-of-the-art sports academy, a top-ranking law institute and a huge swimming pool: St Xavier's University that will commence its first session in July on its new sprawling campus in New Town is already taking steady strides towards its Vision 2025.

The vision of the youngest university in the state also includes a sprawling food court spread over 3,500 sq ft, a separate wing dedicated to library and research and two hostels for boys and girls with a capacity of 1,000 students each. The academic building will have over 11 storeys, keeping in mind the demand for academic space a few decades later. Read More...

Xavier's varsity gets vice-chancellor

By: The Telegraph (Calcutta) Dated: February 16, 2017

Feb. 15: Father Felix Raj, the principal of St. Xavier's College, will be the first vice-chancellor of St. Xavier's University.

"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, the chancellor of the university who appointed Felix Raj as VC, also appointed professor Ashis Mitra as registrar. Read More...

Xavier's varsity bill passed

By: The Telegraph (Calcutta) Dated: December 16, 2016

OUR BUREAU Calcutta, Dec. 15: The Assembly today unanimously passed the St. Xavier's University, Kolkata, Bill, 2016, paving the way for setting up the state's eighth self-financing private university.

"It is a historic moment for all Jesuits in Bengal, and St. Xavier's in particular. Xaverians across the world will celebrate," said Father Felix Raj, principal, St. Xavier's College, who could not attend the session because of health reasons. "I would specially like to thank the chief minister and the government."  Read More...