Congratulations to all the new students for choosing North Bengal St. Xavier's College (NBSXC), to pursue your degree courses ! By enrolling yourself at our college you have become a part of the illustrious and global Xaverian Family! For those uninitiated, Xavier Colleges are managed and run by the Jesuits who belong to the Society of Jesus, an international Roman Catholic organization which was founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in 1540. Jesuits have been at the forefront of teaching, counselling, advocacy and caring for the poor/marginalized, but most famously as educators in primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions. NBSXC is a Jesuit college, and is a member of the worldwide network of Jesuit schools and colleges.
With the spread of COVID-19, world has undergone drastic change, and even if and when this deadly coronavirus pandemic is fully dealt with (which is quite unlikely soon), there will be lingering fear and suspicion leading to better health consciousness, social/physical distancing and so on. Most people will try to avoid crowded spaces, polluted and contaminated environments while choosing their place of education. It is here that our college campus at Rajganj score above many others with large green campus, spacious classrooms and other facilities. Our college is nestled in the serene ambience of the culturally rich, ethnically diverse, socially harmonious and economically aspiring North Bengal, epitomized by Siliguri and Jalpaiguri, two growing urban centres of the region.
Ours is a college that constantly aims at creating and nurturing dynamic, intellectual, and re?ective minds. During the lockdown period, our faculty members were engaged in doctoral works, publishing journal articles and books on one hand, and offering online classes on the other. Even when classrooms lectures were impossible, college swiftly undertook online lectures employing many latest apps/tools such as, Google Classroom, WhatsApp, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting, etc. that are at our disposal. It is not surprising then that in a short span on just twelve years with seven batches of graduates, college has produced 15 University Toppers bagging 8 gold medals and 7 silver medals!
College further provides atmosphere and opportunity for students and teachers to evolve into responsible leaders to become agents of social change, imbued with a sense of service to humanity. As a Jesuit college of Xavierian family, we inculcate in our members a sense of universalism that encourages embracing the local as well as global communities, inclusivism that invite everyone into our fold without bias or discrimination and altruism that instills a sense of service to others through action. We believe in all-round development of a person through balanced education by integrating co-curricular and extra-curricular activities with academic life. Following rich ethos of the college and immersing in academic and non-academic activities, your will always look back with gratitude and say that you made the right choice by coming to NBSXC. Remember the college motto: Gyan Vigyan Vimukte, meaning, 'liberation of people through knowledge and wisdom'.
Once again on behalf of the College Governing Body, administration, staff and senior students, I extend a very warm welcome to this institution.
May God bless you as you embark on a new academic journey!
Fr. Dr. Lalit P. Tirkey, S. J.