St. Xavier's College

St. Xavier's College

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St. Xavier's College, is named after St. Francis Xavier, a Jesuit saint of the 16th Century who travelled to India. The College was founded by the Society of Jesus, a Christian Religious Group started by St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1540. Since its inception, the Jesuits have toiled in the field of education, among other things, and were even called 'the school-masters of Europe' at one time. They are inspired by a vision of humanity drawn from the life, teachings and personality of Jesus Christ.St. Xavier's College is a Catholic institution, which strives to form men and women, especially Christians and the marginalised, to build a more just and humane world. The intellectual endeavour it strives for, focuses on critical and creative thinking, with the aim of social transformation. This endeavour is inspired by the Values of the Gospel - from the New Testament of the Christian scriptures - while it appreciates and promotes all the other religions, especially the rich religious heritage of India.The College makes a preferential option for the marginalised and it seeks to give an all-round formation, inculcating both human and spiritual values. St. Xavier's College is only a part of the vast educational efforts of the Jesuits in India and throughout the world. At present Jesuits run about 100 schools, 24 colleges, and innumerable non-formal and adult education centres in India, and all these form part of the effort of the Catholic Church to share in the vital task of education i

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History

Every institution, it has been said, is but the lengthened shadow of a great personality and St. Xavier's College is no exception. St. Francis Xavier, whose illustrious name honours the College, inspired his spiritual brothers-in-arms with his deathless spirit, the spirit of a saint and of a scholar, so that they did for the College what he himself could not do.St. Xavier's College's history of a hundred and thirty years is a record of the achievements of generous, self-sacrificing and dedicated Jesuits of Mumbai and India, nay, of the world. These men were, so to say, standing-in for St. Francis Xavier and they did what he would have liked them to do, viz., to promote the cause of higher education in India.The Society of Jesus was born to work for "the greater glory of God". It attempted to achieve this, through numerous activities, education being one of its principal instruments. The 16th. century saw a great need for education and Jesuits since then, have made good educationists, rising to the occasion and building a magnificient educational tradition.

Advantages of studying here

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council which has just finished evaluating our college, has made the following remarks:After visiting all departments, facilities and units of St. Xavier's college, Mumbai and extensive interaction with all the stakeholders of the College, the Peer Team is pleased to record its sincere appreciation of the enthusiasm and cooperation extended by the entire St. Xavier's College, Mumbai for the NAAC re-accreditation process. The overall analysis of this NAAC process conducted by the Peer Team is summarized below.1. As one of the very old colleges established in the country, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, has a glorious history and rich heritage. It has immensely contributed in spreading quality higher education in the country and in particular in the state of Maharashtra. Institutions with great heritage may not always perpetuate the good traditions and the quality but here is an example wherein, St. Xavier's College has shown to be an exception. 2. The College has the phenomenal strength of having produced luminaries in different walks of national life.3.Its educational environment is stimulating which ensures freedom of thinking and action as well as responsibility and honesty. 4.The College is unique in imparting truly value-based education, which manifests in the multifarious extension activities aiming to enhance social welfare. 5.The College has inculcated a research culture among the faculty. 6.The College has recently been granted the status of a College with Potential for Excellence by the UGC and the financial support has been utilized in a fitting way that can cater to the modern higher education for the challenging times ahead. 7.The interaction with the students bubbling with enthusiasm indicates the quality and openness of the academic and the administrative system provided to the students that would help them to face the challenges of life. 8.The Jesuit Fathers who are working behind the scene selflessly with love and affection have been role models for the faculty and the students.