North Bengal St. Xavier’s College: A JESUIT INSTITUTION
The Jesuit tradition of education in India began in 1542 when St. Francis Xavier, one of the founding members of the Society of Jesus, reached Goa. Today the Jesuits have more than 295 High Schools, 50 colleges, 15 Management Institutes, and 22 Technical Institutes which engage approximately 11,225 teachers educating more than 3,24,500 students in India belonging to every social class, community and Linguistic group.
Some of the well known Jesuit Institutes of higher education in India are St. Xavier's College (Kolkata), St. Xavier's College (Mumbai), St. Xavier's College (Ranchi), St. Xavier's College (Ahmadabad), Loyola College (Vijayawada), Loyola College (Chennai), St. Joseph’s College (Tiruchirapally), St. Joseph’s College (Bangalore), Xavier Labour Relations Institutes-XLRI (Jamshedpur) and Xavier Institute of Management –XIMB (Bhubaneswar )
North Bengal St. Xavier’s College is a Christian Minority Institution established in 2007 by Darjeeling Jesuits of North Bengal with permanent affiliation to University of North Bengal.
The college offers undergraduate courses in Arts, Science, Commerce and Business Administration. It also offers UGC-affiliated career oriented courses.
The medium of instruction in the college is English. Students coming from vernacular medium institutions are encouraged to attend Special English Language classes offered by the college.
The college being a Jesuit higher education keeps it door open for all the sections of the society and rendering financial assistant to the talented ones, irrespective of caste and creed.
The community college section of North Bengal St. Xavier’s College gives skill training to the marginalized and the disadvantaged ones.
The Jesuit College aims at the integral, personal formation of youth. To accomplish this special efforts are made in Jesuit educational institutions:
- To help students to become mature, spiritually oriented men and women of character
- To encourage them continuously to strive after excellence in every field
- To value and Judiciously use their freedom
- To be clear and firm on principles and courageous in action
- To be unselfish in the service of humanity
- To be agents of needed social change in their country
Since its inception from 2007, North Bengal St. Xavier's emphasizes and encourages the students continuously to strive after excellence in every field and to become agents of needed social change in society. Our insistence on class attendance, the importance given to weekly tests, our sports and cultural festivals, departmental seminars and projects, outreach programs in the village and tea gardens, career oriented programmes, counseling and career guidance, constant communication and dialogue with the parents are deliberately designed aspects of our Xaverian system of education.
North Bengal St. Xavier's College aims at making its own contribution towards a transformation of the present-day social condition so that principles of social justice, equality of opportunities, genuine freedom, respect for moral and religious values, enshrined in the Constitutions of India, may prevail, and the possibility of living a fully human life may be open before all.
The Alumni meeting of North Bengal St. Xavier’s college was held on the 26th of December, 2013. This meeting was preceded by two earlier meetings on 9th March 2013 and 16th October 2013. The initial meeting was attended by more than 50 alumni. On 26th December it was unanimously decided by the General Body that the Association will be called Xavier’s Alumni Association of North Bengal (XAANOB). The first Governing Body of the Association was formed with the following Office-bearers: Fr. Cherian Padiyara, S.J. (President), Anirban Modak (Vice President), Priyanka Karmakar (Secretary), Rajarshi Mohalanobish (Asstt. Secretary), and Debjyoti Dey Sarkar (Treasurer). The other members of the Governing Body are Fr. Wilfred Lobo, S.J (Nominee of Founder Body), Prof. Arindam Metia, Prof. Asim Mitra and Dr. Hadida Yasmin and among students Pooja Pareek, Abhilasha Jaiswal, Maria Nandi, Kaushani Mandal and Ashish Bajla.