St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata is a private, co-educational college located in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Founded in 1860 by Fr. Henri Depelchin S.J., it is named after St. Francis Xavier, a Navarre Jesuit of the 16th century, who ministered in India. In 2006, it became the first autonomous college in West Bengal, India, and is affiliated to the University of Calcutta. The college is aligned with the St. Xavier’s Collegiate school, sharing the same campus and is considered to be one of the best in Kolkata.
The structure of the college building is 150+ years old and is equipped with a number of facilities providing a welcoming and enriching atmosphere for its students. The college timings are divided into sets of three; morning, day and evening. The morning batch consists of an all boys batch pursuing their Honors degree in B.Com, from 6 am to 9.50 am. The day department consists of students pursuing Arts and Sciences, usually from 10 am to 3 or 4 pm. The evening department again, includes students of B.Com, however consisting of a co-ed batch, from 4 to 8 pm. The professors of various departments are highly educated, holding degrees from reputed institutions, from India and abroad and provide a top-notch education to the students. Besides academics, the college is recognized for its students’ involvement in various co-curricular activities ranging from sports, music, drama and dance. There are a number of societies for the same bringing students from different departments under one roof and helping them improvise on their skills. Apart from this, Xavier’s involves its students in environmental issues, poverty alleviation, social welfare and women’s welfare. These different clubs/societies include the Debating Society, Fine Arts Society, Hindi and Bengali Literary Societies, Xavier’s Academy of Dance and Music (XADAM), National Cadet Corps (NCC), National Service Scheme (NSS), The All India Catholic University Federation (AICUF), Leadership Training Service (LTS), Xavier’s Theatrical Society (XTS), Xavier’s Commerce Society (XCS) and The English Academy.
Life after college hours goes by with the students gathering around in the canteen or at the green benches, where they can talk and discuss about an upcoming project or event, or just pass their time with their friends. Some students are involved in sports like basketball, football or rugby whereby they are needed to practice every day for an upcoming match. In addition to this, the college also has classrooms and open areas allotted for students for dance, drama and other related activities. The college makes it a point to keep its students involved in one or the other event, almost every week. This keeps them on their toes, at all times as students keep themselves busy with preparations related to events. The college has a working student council, consisting of the best students who efficiently carry out their jobs in managing and hosting several events throughout the course of their stay in college. The most awaited event of the year is Xavotsav, hosted in the month of January, every year. The three day event calls for various competitions including literary arts, dance, drama, debates, battle of the bands and fashion shows, among many others. One can also look forward to various guest performances by celebrities and musicians, including a DJ night on the last day of the event. Besides this, the different societies too host their events throughout the year and the students thus have multiple opportunities to showcase their talents. Students and professors share their experiences in college by publishing articles and journals. These are department based and also inform the students about the various activities and achievements of the departments, and the college as a whole. The Xaverian is the annual magazine of the college, published every year and highlights the most popular activities of the year, whilst providing information about the college and its courses, including details of the respective professors and articles issued by the students and staff members themselves.
St. Xavier’s College has consistently been ranked by private and government organizations as one of the top institutes in India. It became a “College with Potential for Excellence” in 2006, a “College of Excellence” in 2014 and has been recognized as a “College with a Special Heritage Status” in 2015. Presently, St. Xavier’s College has been ranked the best in the country and has been marked with the highest A++ grade (3.77/4.00 CGPA) under the assessment done in 2017 by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, giving an equal competition to Cotton’s College and St. Joseph’s College, in Bangalore. It has been ranked 6th in India under another independent assessment done by the National Institutional Ranking Framework, Ministry of Human Resource Development, in 2017. Also, another sister university known as the St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata has been founded through the St. Xavier’s University Bill passed on 16th December, 2016, by the State Assembly of West Bengal. Getting into this college is however not easy. A student needs to have more than 90 marks in their board exams in order to make the cut off. The cut offs are generally high as the college makes it a point to give admission to the best of the best students from all over the city. A student studying in this college remains branded for life. Xavier’s leaves no stones unturned in providing a quality education to its students which would further help them acquire jobs in reputed companies. Moreover, one can easily join the Placement Cell of the College to gain opportunities for the same. The college has tied up with companies like Deloitte, ITC, PWC, Dwight, Uber, Economic Times, Ernst and Young and a number of other reputed companies and organizations. The discipline and quality of life one gains from this college stays throughout the course of their career. St. Xavier’s College is ideal for students who are ready to take their life seriously, in any sphere, as it inculcates the required ethical values in its students and focuses on their all round development, making them come out as better and brighter, by the time they graduate from this institution. The college provides a roadmap to one’s success in life.
- The author of this post, Eva R Sachdeva, is a blogger for iOS marketing and writes extensively on Education Technology and news.