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A host of seven Belgian Jesuits arrived at Calcutta in November 1859, under the leadership of Fr. H. Depelchin (Rector: 1860-1871), in the Founding Father of the second St. Xavier's, They shifted St. Xavier's from Chowringhee to the Sans Souci Theatre in January 1860, which is now the honest home of learned professors and zealous students.

With one hundred and fifty two years of service to the nation, St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, has grown today into a leading educational institution in India. Both St. Xavier's School and College are proud of their contribution to the cause of education and culture in Bengal for 151 years. These twin institutions have produced many great educationists and students who earned regard and respect for their Alma Mater.

Fr. E. Lafont was appointed Rector in October 1871, He was a gifted teacher of physics. The terrible cyclone of November 1864 proved the begging of his fame. The catastrophe might have been much greater, had not Fr. Lafont signaled the timely warning.

It was Fr. O'Neill (Rector: 1904-1913) who gave the College its crest and the motto: Nihil Ultra, a motto, significant and suggestive of a noble ideal, of an unconquerable hope, that urges the Xaverian to a consistent quest for the higher. The motto of the young Xaverian is the old maxim : " Perfectum nihil est, aliqiriddum restat agentiim" (Nothing is Perfect as long as anything remains to be done).

The tiny seed has grown into a mighty tree. In the year of its centenary  (1960), St. Xavier's had on its rolls 3503 students. It has, now 50 years later, 7, 106 students of whom 2, 162 are in the school and 4,944 in the college. A total teaching stuff of 213 is educating them. The school section, starting from the Primary, leads up to the ISC Final Examination. The College offers UG and PG Courses under five faculties : Arts, Science, Commerce, Business Administration and Education.

The society of Jesus, a Christian Religious Order founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in 1540, runs St. Xavier's College. It is one of the 24 University Colleges run by the Jesuits in India. The Jesuit College aims at forming young men and women of competence, commitment, compassion and conscience. St. Xavier's College thus aims at making its own contribution towards a transformation of the present-day social condition so that principals of social justice, equality of opportunity, genuine freedom and respect for religious and moral values, enshrined in the Constitution of India, may prevail, and the possibility of living a fully human existence may be open before all.

St. Francis Xavier is the Patron of St. Xavier's College. There is not an educated Indian who has not heard the name of Francis Xavier. It is to India that Ignatius of Loyola, the Founder of the Society of Jesus, sent his greatest son, Francis Xavier in 1542. Xavier was a zealous "missionary on the move". He sailed to Malacca and Japan in 1549 where he spent two and a half years. In April 1552 he set sail to China via Malacca from Goa, never to return alive. He died at Sancian, a small island facing china, on 2 December 1552. Wherever he went, he plunged himself into charitable and pastoral work preaching the message of God's love to people. He worked in India for 10 years from 1542 to 1552, called the Xaverian decade.

The list of the old students of St. Xavier's includes many scientists, actors, film makers, poets and industrialists in Bengal. It can boast of some of its pupils who became international figures of repute: Rabindranath Tagore and Jagadish Chandra Bose. While Tagore was impressed by the relationship between teachers and students at St. Xavier's, Bose found encouragement for his introduction to science in the person of Fr. Lafont, who was called "the father of science" in India. Three chief ministers of Bengal - H. S. Suhrawarby, Siddhartha Shankar Ray and Jyoti Basu passed through the portals of St. Xavier's. You will invariable come, across, in any important office in Kolkata, a Xaverian who has excelled in his field.

St. Xavier's has always been known for his cosmopolitan and national character. Much before the expression "national integration" gained currency, St. Xavier's had tried to foster among its students the spirit and practice of it. Coming as they do from all over India and from various communities, they live in complete harmony, understanding and mutual respect. Thus they are encouraged to develop beyond local and group affinities, loyalties to the country and the society at large.

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) recognized St. Xavier College as an "A" grade institution in 2003. In May 2006, it was declared a Centre with Potential for Excellence by the UGC. From July 2006, it became an autonomous college (the first in West Bengal).

St. Xavier's has over these 151 years remained steadfast and persevered in the midst of troubles and anxieties. Now with all the richness of the past, it embraces the future with the same spirit- "Nihil Ultra" (Nothing beyond).


The founding Jesuits:

Frs Depelchin, Lafont, Penaranda, Br. Koppes

The builders of Modern SXC:
Frs Roelland, Lallemand, Johanns, Dandoy, Cardinal Piccachy, Schepers, Joris, Goreaux, Joseph D’Souza, Beckers (gone for their reward),
and Huart (still alive).

Course Name:B. Com.M. Com.BBAB. Sc.M. Sc.
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B. Com.


10+2 with PCM

B. Sc.

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Course Category:Under GraduatePost GraduateUnder GraduateUnder GraduatePost Graduate
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SXC hostel is for the male students of St Xavier’s College only. It is under the management of the College. The Superintendent is directly responsible to the Principal of the College and stands in Loco Parentis to all the boarders. A student who fails without genuine reason to attend his classes will be asked to leave the Hostel. A student who is not promoted in the College or fails in his Examination is liable not to be taken back in the Hostel the following year. Provision for staying in the Hostel is for one year only. This hostel accommodates the students of first year only.


Class rooms are large and capable of accommodating a large number of students without cramping. They are surrounded by large spacious verandahs for students to move and breathe freely. No loitering please !

The Central Library

The Central Library of St. Xavier's College is a hub of academic and research activities. The library has a potential collection of old and rare books, valuable reference books, important journals, educational CDs and DVDs for the use of students, staff and special borrowers. The total number of books in Central Library is around one lakh, the number of periodicals subscribed is 184. The library provides services to its users through an automated mode by using LIBSYS 4 (Release  5.0) software. The services rendered by the Central Library cover all departments of the college. The library for B.Ed. students is housed on the second floor, above the canteen. The catalogue-search and circulation systems are fully automated at present. Search for any document can be made through online-Public-Access-Catalogue (OPAC) and the circulation system is barcode-based. The Web-OPAC will be started shortly. The reading room has a capacity to accommodate 250 students. Besides, there are 14 cubicles in the library, each equipped with computer connected through LAN. The cubicles are specially meant for students engaged in project works and teacher-student discussions beyond class-hour. The library maintain a book-bank for financially-challenged students. The photocopy facility is available in the library. The Internet browsing facilities are also available, but only educational sites are allowed for surfing. The library provides current awareness service to the readers through newspapers and clippings, announcement posters, newsletters etc. The membership of the Library is open to fathers, students, teachers and non-teaching staff of the College. Only reading room facilities are provided to the retired teachers, eminent scholars and research workers engaged in serious reading and research. The reading room remain open from 6.00 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.; and the leading section functions from 9.00 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. except Sundays and college holidays. There are four leading counters and two reading room counters (including annex counter of B.Ed.) in the library. A student can borrow at most three books at a time for seven days, which are further renewable at most twice in seven days slot each. A delay in return is charged by Rs.3/- (Rupees three only) per day per book. The facilities of e-books, e-journals and e-databases will be implemented shortly.


Offices, laboratories, library are all computerised for providing faster and better services. 


St. Xavier's College has highly equipped Physics, Chemistry, Statistics, Computer Science and Biology (Botany / Zoology) Labs.


The stage has always been held in great honour at St. Xavier's. For an educational institution an auditorium is not just a venue for school or college events, or merely a meeting place, it is a space where a corporation of students and scholars congregate - to celebrate, to debate, to discuss, and sometimes even to mourn collectively. As we stand at the threshold of another century in the history of St. Xavier's College, it is meet that we go down memory lane and find out how students gathered here when it all began 130 odd years ago, how this place changed over the century, and how it is now poised to provide a space for even greater creative, cultural and social events, something that St. Xavier's College has always been noted for.

The college stage and auditorium that you see today, has come through a historic process of evolution and gradual transformation. The earliest roots of this stage goes back to the 'Sans Soucci Theatre', which was burned down by fire in 1843. But the spirit of Sans Soucci survived the holocaust, and in 1859, when the premises became the property of Belgain Jesuits, who called it St. Xavier's, theatre came to life again. The St. Xavier's stage found a place of pride in the cultural life of Calcutta.

Cyber Room

    The Cyber Room is equipped with Internet connection, printer and scanner.
    It is open from 9 am to 5 pm on Mondays to Fridays and 9 am to 4 pm on Saturdays. There is a Lunch break from 12 noon to 12:30 pm on all working days.
    To use the Cyber Room facilities a student must produce his/her Cyber Card and his/her College Identity Card.
    The Cyber Room facilities are used mainly for Academic purposes. Only one student at a time may use a computer.
    The Cyber Room facilities must not be used for immoral entertainment, playing of games, downloading of videos, music etc.


The canteen itself is the candid informal yardstick of evaluating the pulse of any campus. St. Xavier's is no exception to this cult. Anyone who enters our canteen can feel the exuberance of our college student

* St. Xavier's College is a 152 years old institution with rich heritage and long tradition.

* As a Jesuit Higher Educational Institution, it aims to form men and women for others, with fundamental human and spiritual values.

* The tiny seed has grown into a mighty tree from 83 students in 1860 to 6882 students in 2011.

* The College functions in three shifts : morning, day and evening, offering UG and PG courses in Humanities, Science, Education, Commerce and Business Administration.

* The College also offers various career oriented certificate and diploma courses to college students as well as outsiders.

* The College motto "Nihil Ultra" means Nothing Beyond, a motto, significant and suggestive of a noble ideal, of an unconquerable hope, that should urge the Xavierian always to aim high.

* The spirit of Xavier's is Majis greater service to greater number of people for the greater glory of God (AMDG).

Placement Cell

The Placement Cell, launched in 2004-05, is a one point contact for all companies interested in inducting Xaverians in their organization either as employees or interns. Comprising of student representatives, teacher coordinator – Dr. M. Hanif and headed by Mr. Niladri Sinha, the Placement Cell has been constituted with the following objectives:

* To act as an interface between the corporate world and the students in order to bridge the gap between them.
* To act as a contact point for all companies who wish to recruit students from St Xavier’s (Autonomous) College, Kolkata. The Placement Cell will facilitate the placement procedure from the pre-placement talks (PPT) to the induction process.
* To assist students in becoming ready for the corporate world by organising workshops for the outgoing students of the college.

Last Year (2013-2014) many students were recruited through the Placement Cell and we are expecting to place many more students in the current year (2014-2015).

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