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50 years of enlightening minds

A number of Golden Jubilee projects got realised during the past month.

St. Xavier’s College. 
St. Xavier’s College Burdwan, was inaugurated on 11th July. The upgradation of St.Xavier’s School Burdwan in its Golden Jubilee year, also makes it the 50th Jesuit institute of higher education in India, 4th Jesuit college in Bengal and 2nd college of Kolkata Jesuit province.
Inaugurating the College Bishop of Asansol diocese Rt. Rev. Cyprian Monis expressed happiness that quality higher education will now be provided to the youth of the region, who may not be able to go to St. Xavier’s Kolkata for various reasons.
Newly appointed Principal Fr. Paul Arockinam, who single handedly worked to realise the dream project of the province, expressed his gratitude for the wonderful cooperation he received from the Jesuit province, local people, district administration, government and University authorities which made the upgradation possible within the Jubilee year itself.
University has permitted six Honours courses in Arts, Science and Commerce streams for the first batch and allotted 30 seats for each subject. English and Accountancy honours are the subjects in demand. The other honours courses are Biotechnology, Computer Science, Sociology and Geography.
Fr. Provincial announced the appointment of Fr. Jimmy Keepuram as the new Vice Principal of the college.
Evening Coaching Centre

On the Feast of St. Ignatius another Golden Jubilee project, the Evening Coaching Centre was established for the students from Bengali medium schools in the neighbourhood. The coaching will be conducted for Maths and English, four days a week. With the aim of developing their self confidence, the project has identified a team of dedicated teachers who will focus on the use audio visual aids and conversational skills. Representatives of eight local clubs met a number of times with two senior teachers who were interested in the project Dr. Amitendra Mohan Goswami and Mr.Kaushik Chakraborty to work out the details of the programme and facilitate the selection of teachers and students. Dr. Bibhutosh Mondal, Municipal Councillor of Ward 13, inaugurated the centre.

Golden Jubilee Football Tournament

Golden Jubilee football tournament was held on 2nd and 3rd August. All the Jesuit Higher Secondary schools and Claret school Sahanagar participated in the 9 aside tournament. St. Xavier’s Kolkata emerged champions, defeating Claret School by one goal.
Hospitality and organization of the tournament won the hearts of the participating teams besides enjoying the fellowship of Jesuit schools. Mr. Gauri Shankar Bhattacharya Municipal Councillor of Ward 14 and next door neighbour and Secretary of Burdwan Sports was the Chief Guest. St. Xavier’s Durgapur has accepted to host the tournament next year. Fr. K.C. Jacob and Fr. Dominic Savio President and Vice President of the Managing Committee respectively, Fr. Zenith Williams Principal of St.Xavier’s Durgapur, Fr. Joseph Kulandai Vice Principal of St. Xavier’s Collegiate School were present during the finals.

Burdwan Inter School Talent Fest

At the initiative of the District Magistrate of Burdwan, a Talent Fest was organised for the students of major schools in the town for the first time. Fr. Paul Arockiam, the convenor of the programme, had a tough task getting the headmasters and management of various government and private schools to jointly organise the event. St. Xavier’s hosted Drama competition the concluding valedictory function. St. Xavier’s emerged overall champions by a margin of over 100 points.
Fr. ES Joseph joined the school as the Vice Principal of ISC section and Director of the Hostel on 5thJuly.
Sch. Antomy Robert joined as Assistant VP in the Secondary Section

Edu Fest 2014

Edu Fest - two days of seminars, presentations, exhibitions and competitions by the students were held on 24th and 25th of July. According to Fr. Paul, Edu Fest is intended to bring out the best in every student especially those who do not find themselves in the top ranks academically hesitate to come up in class. Every student is expected to participate in some activity in a group. It is designed to bring the students in the margins to the centre. Fr. Cyriac Sebastian SJ, who was the Chief Guest this year, inspired the students to realise this value with anecdotes from the life of former President Dr. Abdul Kalam.
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