BANGA-BIBHUSAN AWARD TO JESUIT FATHER FELIX RAJ OF
The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee
called up Jesuit Father Felix Raj of Calcutta Province
on Thursday, May 15, who is in New York to address the
Alumni of St. Xavier's College and requested him to
return by May 20 to receive the State's highest award,
BANGA BIBHUSAN. The WB Government decided on
Thursday, May 15 in a Cabinet meeting to confer the
prestigious award on Father Felix Raj in recognition of
his enormous contribution to education. The award will
be conferred on May 20th at a public State function in
the Science City auditorium, Kolkata.
Father Raj thanked the Chief Minister over the phone for
her Government's recognition and appreciation of
Jesuits' work in West Bengal and expressed to her that
he was unworthy of such an award and unable to attend
Father Felix Raj is the Principal of St. Xavier's
College, Kolkata. He
is currently in the USA to meet the SXC alumni/ae at NY,
San Francisco and California. On May 3, he inaugurated
the Europe chapter of the Alumni Association in
“ Fr. Felix Raj is a true icon not only for those who have
gone through or will go through the portals of St. Xavier’s
College, but also for those who study in other competent
institutions as well.” He has demonstrated that classrooms
are not solely intended to impart knowledge but in equal
measure to inspire the students to search for truth and
arrive at their own conclusions. I am sure that St. Xavier’s
College, Kolkata, would be richer with the presence of
someone like Fr Felix Raj.”
H.E. M. K. Narayan
College of Excellence:
UGC (University Grants Commission) has conferred four
Jesuit Colleges the status of 'College of Excellence'.
St. Xavier's-Kolkata, St. Xavier's-Mumbai, Loyola Chennai
and St Joseph's-Bangalore have been selected for the award. These four
Colleges will be given a grant of Rs 2 crore to be spent over 5 years
for specific purposes.
Foundation stone laying ceremony of the St. Xavier's College 's
new campus in Rajarhat
Goethals News - Oct-Dec 2013 - Christmas (New)
Fr. Felix Raj
awarded by Madrasah Board:
Bengal Board of Madrasah Education has nominated Fr. Felix Raj, SJ, the
Principal of St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata, for the
“Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad Award 2013” on the occasion of the 125th
Birth anniversary of Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad on November 11, 2013,
which is also the “Education Day” and felicitated him for his excellent
work towards the Minority community and the Society as a whole.
INDIA: Theological meet at
Indian Theological Association (ITA) held its 36th annual research
seminar and national conference from October 2 to 6 at the Diocesan
Pastoral Centre on Jessore Road, Barasat. The Morning Star College,
Barrackpore hosted the event while the theme was "Inclusive Development,
a Theological Response". Around 110 theologians participated in the
The theme is significant in the
current political and economic context. Eminent scholars and professors
presented research papers and addressed the conference from a
multi-dimensional perspective — economic, socio-political, educational,
religious, and subaltern (concerns of the tribals and Dalits) for
creative reflection and committed action so that the benefits of
inclusive development become affirmative of the concerns of all sections
Christian scholars, in
collaboration with men and women of several faiths reflected on the
significance of Christianity and ethics to the principles of inclusive
development embarked by the government. Father Felix Raj, the principal
of St. Xavier’s College gave the opening address at
(The Telegraph News (October 3)
and via CNUA)
Jesuit Appointed Member of West Bengal Education Commission
KOLKATA: In keeping with her
promise on Teachers’ Day, the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee formed a
six-member State level Commission on Friday, September 27, which
includes Father Felix Raj, SJ, the Principal of 153-year-old St.
Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata.
The Commission is to find out the
loopholes in the State education system and suggest ways to improve it.
It is also empowered to amend acts and statutes and recommend measures
for better functioning of the West Bengal State Council of Higher
Education, College Service Commission and School Service Commission.
The Commission will also recommend
measures to improve the functioning of universities and colleges,
including any amendments needed in the acts or statutes.
This is the first time a Jesuit is
appointed a member of a high level Commission in the State and it is
indeed a Government’s gesture of appreciation of the Jesuit contribution
to education in West Bengal.
Source: Times Of India, September
28, Kolkata and CNUA
St. Xavier’s starts IAS Training
St. Xavier’s College Kolkata has started an IAS coaching
centre from August, with specialized coaching in eight subjects –
Commerce, Economics, Political Science, International Relations,
Sociology, Statistics, History, Management and Physics.
It is a full-time course for nine months and candidates attend classes
on the campus for five days a week for four hours daily. There are some
private coaching centres where module-based training is imparted and so,
candidates do not have to attend full-time classes. “But I believe in
full-time teaching-learning and mock exams, just like it happens in
undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the College. Excellence comes
through contact with the guide and this will be our uniqueness,” said
Principal Father Felix Raj SJ
As The first batch, 35 candidates have been accepted on merit. Faculty
members from the College and those known to be experts in the subjects
beyond the campus have been roped in as guides. Prof. SK Basu is the
SXCCAA celebrates Philanthropy day in true Jesuit
For the full article
visit The Telegraph T2 link
Fr. Felix Raj, SJ, Principal and
President of the St. Xavier's College Alumni Association presenting the
Global Xaverian Award to Xaverian L.N Mittal
on Saturday evening at British Museum,
London in recognition of his global achievement in the presence of
Jesuit Fathers, High Commissioner of India, 300 Alumni/ae and many
June 2013 [ Vol. XVI No. 2] Earth Summit Issue
Address of His Excellency, Shri M. K.
Narayanan, Governor of West Bengal, 31 July, 2010
Painting and Photography Competition & Exhibition
Fr. J Felix Raj, SJ in wikipedia
Uma Siddhanta's (Prof. Ashish Siddhanta's Mother) retrospective
"Fr. Felix Raj will inaugurate Uma Siddhanta's
(Prof. Ashish Siddhanta's Mother) retrospective Exhibition to
celebrate her 80th birthday, on Friday, 11 January 2013 at 5.30 pm
at Galerie 88, 28B Shakspeare Sarani. The Exhibition will be on view
till Thursday January 31. All are welcome."
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College to Village and Village to College-SXC Novel Project, Fr Felix
2) SPIRITUALITY FOR LEADERSHIP: A TALK BY Fr Felix Raj S.J.
3) A Film on St. Xavier's College-Principal, Rev. Dr. Fr J Felix Raj
XAVERIANS CONGREGATE AT LONDON
Xaverians will congregate at London
on May 17th - 19th 2013 for the fourth global convention. Fr. Felix Raj,
SJ, Principal and President of the SXCCAA will be present at the
convention. He invites Xaverians from around the world to attend this
Book on ‘Disinvestment in India Trends,
Problems and Prospects’
by Dr. J Felix Raj
The book, Disinvestment in India: Trends,
Problems and Prospects focuses on economic reforms and resulting
disinvestment of public sector enterprises (PSE) in India. The book
quite lucidly analyses the pre and post disinvestment performance of the
PSEs in terms of efficiency analysis and many other indicators. Starting
from the conceptual framework of Development through the Public Sector
enterprises from a historical point of view the book enlightens on to
the LPG model implemented in nineties.The most important aspect of the
book is to take into consideration the effects of disinvestment of
public sector enterprises in the various spheres of the economy, viz.
employment, income, poverty, etc.
Fr. J. Felix Raj, S.J.
is the Principal and Former Rector of St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous),
Kolkata. He is currently the Vice-President, Bengal Economic Association
(Bangiya Arthaniti Parishad). Dr. Felix Raj is an well known writer and
has presented papers in many national and international conferences.
Copies are available: At Goethals Library, St.
Xavier’s College (Discount Price of Rs 1240/-)
Copies are also available from the Publishers: Regal Publishers, F-159,
Rajouri Gardens, New Delhi.
SXCCAA AUSTRALIA CHAPTER LAUNCHED
Australia Chapter of the St. Xavier’s College Kolkata Alumni Association
was launched on Saturday, 3rd November 2012 at the central auditorium of
the university of New South Wales, Sydney, by Fr. J. Felix Raj, SJ,
Principal of St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata in the presence
of about 100 Alumni/ae and two MPs, Mr. Kunal Ghosh and Mr. Nadimul
Fr. Felix Raj, who is also the president of (SXCCAA) spoke at length and
presented the future vision and mission of the Alma Mater. He thanked
the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Ms. Mamata Banerjee for the
allocation of 17 acres of land at Rajarhat and her offer to upgrade St.
Xavier’s College to St. Xavier’s University.
A small organizing committee has been formed to take forward the
Australian Chapter. The Australian Xaverians discussed with Fr. Raj
about the possibility of exchange between St. Xavier’s College and
Fr. Raj and the Secretary of the Association, Mr. F. Hasan also met a
group of Xaverians in Melbourne on Sunday, 4th November. He exhorted
them first to build the network and strengthen the data base of
Xaverians working and studying in Australia. The Australia Chapter is
the 7th international chapter of the SXCCAA.
The next chapter to be launched by SXCCAA is the Canadian Chapter in
July 2013. Fr. Raj will lead a team of Alumni members to Canada. He will
also meet the Xaverians in New York.
Jesuit Higher Education Meeting:
The Annual Jesuit Higher Education Meeting was held on October
12-14 at Dhyan Ashram, Konchowki, Dimond Harbour Road. Sixty Jesuit
College Principals and Higher Education Coordinators attended the
meeting. St. Xavier's College, Kolkata organized the Meeting this year.
The inaugural address was given by Prof. Suranjan Das, Vice
Chancellor, University of Calcutta on “Higher Education in the XII
Fr. Xavier Savarimuthu made a beautiful presentation on international
ecological project. Fr. Principal thanks the SXC Alumni Association
particularly Mr. F. Hasan, Mr. Ravi Kasat and Ajay Mimani for the
wonderful hospitality and service extended to the members The next year
meeting JHESA will be held in Trivandrum, Kerala.
St. Xavier’s University:
Fr. Felix Raj, SJ along with Prof. Ashis Mitra, Member Secretary,
Academic Council and Mr. F. Hasan, Hon. Secretary, St. Xavier’s College
Alumni Association submitted a proposal for St. Xavier’s upgradation to
a university to Mr. Bratya Basu, the Higher Education Minister on
During St. Xavier’s convocation ceremony on January 20, Chief Guest
Mamata Banerjee had urged the institution to submit an upgrade proposal.
The proposal submitted on Thursday justifies the need for a St. Xavier's
university and elaborates on academic and administrative plans.
The ball was set rolling on the proposal with the appointment of a
think tank with principal Felix Raj as convener. Calcutta University
vice-chancellor Suranjan Das, industrialist and Xaverian Sanjiv Goenka,
Fr. George Ponodath, the Rector, Xaverian Snehasis Sur and two senior
teachers were part of the think tank. The governing body of the college
recently approved the proposal.
Apart from expanding undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, the
university will start PhD programmes. It also has plans for starting an
engineering institute and a business school.
If upgraded, St. Xavier's will be the first Jesuit University in India.
The Jesuits run 46 university colleges in the country.
St. Xavier’s Alumni Chapter in Bangladesh
The Alumni Association of St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata has
opened yet another international chapter closer home in Dhaka. This is
the fifth international chapter of the Association after Singapore,
Dubai, Bangkok and London.
The Principal of the College and President of the Alumni Association,
Father Felix Raj, SJ, inaugurated the new chapter at Gulshan Club in
Dhaka last Friday, February 26. Fr. Raj has appointed a local team
headed by Manzur Elahi who had graduated from Xavier’s in 1962.
“It was great to see over 60 Xavierians gather together at the inaugural
programme”, said Firdausal Hasan, the honorary secretary of the Alumni
Association. The function started with readings from the Bible, Bhagavad
Gita and Koran. Xaverian Elahi in his speech remembered his old days and
called for a strong chapter in Bangladesh.
Fr. Raj, in his address, thanked the Xaverians in Bangladesh and invited
them to involve themselves in building their alma mater. He asked for
their active participation in Jesuit mission in Bangladesh.
There was a musical performance and the evening ended with a fellowship
dinner attended by around 100 guests including spouses of the Xaverians.
Around 8 Jesuit priests of Bangladesh including Bishop emeritus of
Baruipur, Linus Gomes had joined the programme.
“ The inauguration was well organised. It was very cordial and the
spirit of ‘Nihil Ultra’ was thriving. We look forward to active
participation from the Bangladesh chapter and hope that it will further
the cause of education”, said Father Felix Raj.
The Principal took time off during his visit to explore the
possibilities of academic exchange with Notre Dame College, Dhaka run by
Holy Cross Fathers and of Setting up a St. Xavier’s College in
Bangladesh. “Further study and planning is required before drawing up a
proposal of a college for approval”, said Father Raj.
St Xavier's College Kolkata applies for
KOLKATA: St Xavier's College
on Thursday submitted an application to chief minister Mamata Banerjee
for upgrading the institution to a university. A copy of the application
was also forwarded to state education minister Bratya Basu. If things go
according to plan, the college will become a unitary university before
the end of this year.
A three-part dossier,
submitted with the application, has just been readied by the "think
tank" of the college. The college, in its application, has said that it
does not want just a private status. Instead, the new university would
be a minority-run private university, fully aided by the state
At the convocation of the
autonomous college in January this year, the CM had advised the college
to apply for an upgrade. She was also given a honorary membership of the
college alumni association. Since then, she had taken an interest in the
college and allotted a 16-acre plot at Rajarhat for its expansion.
At the moment, the
autonomous college affiliated to Calcutta University receives a grant
for one-third of its expenses. The document appeals to the state to
increase that grant when the college is upgraded to a university. A
financial statement, giving details of the present expenses of the
institution and the projected expenses post expansion, forms an integral
part of the document. "We have submitted our application and the CM has
assured us that she would speed up the process," Father Felix Raj,
principal of the college said.
The dossier sums up how the
Rajarhat campus will have a management school, an engineering college
and a research hub for both pure and social sciences. "While the BBA
course will still be run by us, for MBA we will tie up with both XLRI
and XIMB. Similarly, for our engineering school, we will tie up with
Loyola College Chennai, St Joseph's Bangalore and St Xavier's Mumbai,"
Father Raj added. The three part dossier has been divided into context,
college profile and university proposal.
-Courtesy Times of India
Fr. Felix Raj, SJ, visited the University of Namur, acultes
Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP), Belgium with 7000
students. He visited all faculties of the University. He addressed the
faculty members and students of the university on Oct. 7 on “India and
its Growing Economy- prospects and problems”.
The program was organized by FUCID, an NGO in Namur. Fr. Raj met the
President of the university, Yves Poullet and signed a MoU to
collaborate with University of Namur on academic advancement. The MoU is
for exchange of faculty and students for five year period for study and
Rev. Fr. P. Felix Raj, SJ, Principal, of St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata
was on a week long visit October 4 to 9 to the university of Namur,
Facultes Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP), Belgium, a 400
hundred year old Jesuit university in Europe with 7000 students and 500
faculty. He visited all faculties of the University. He addressed the
faculty members and students of the university on Oct. 7 on "India and
its Growing Economy- prospects and problems". After 45 minutes talk,
there was an interactive session with students. The talk created a lot
of awareness and interest about India. The program was organised by
FUCID, an NGO in Namur. Father Raj also met the three Indian students
doing research in chemistry funded by Namur university. After the well
appreciated presentation, Fr. Raj met the President of the university,
Yves Poullet and signed a MoU to collaborate with University of Namur on
academic advancement. The MoU is for exchange of faculty and students
for five year period for study and research. It is a collaborative move
between two Belgian founded institutions. St. Xavier's, Kolkata was
founded by Belgian Jesuits in 1860. The Belgian History is one of the
reasons why Fr. Raj visited Namur. He said Namur University is very
positive and welcoming collaboration. Father Raj will meet Jesuit
Fathers Raymond pilette , Louis Hinq and Paul Dettienne in Brussels who
returned to Belgium after working at St. Xavier's for many years. Fr.
Raj moves on to London from Namur to inaugurate the St. Xavier's College
(Calcutta) Alumni Chapter in London and to meet Arcellor LN Mittal, an
alumnus on Oct. 22nd.
Fr. Felix Raj visited London and inaugurated the St. Xavier's
Alumni Chapter in London on 23rd October and he also met Mr.
L.N. Mittal, an alumnus on Oct.22nd.
International Congress on Catholics and Economics (CNUA)
: The school of Social and Media Culture, Torun, Poland and the Catholic
University of Lublin jointly organized an international Congress on
“Catholics and Economics' in Torun, Poland, on November 18-19. Fr. Felix
raj, SJ presented a paper on “Indian Economy A Catholic Perspective” on
After the congress, Fr. Raj had visited the Jesuits and Jesuit
Institutions in Poland. The Congress was an attempt to initiate a global
intellectual reflection on the contribution of Catholics to economic
development in different countries.
Fr. Felix Raj delivered the Pedro Arrupe Endowment lecture on
December 2 at Satya Nilayam Research Institute, Chennai on “Gurudev
Rabindranath Tagore The Visva Kavi.”
Third specialization to its physics postgraduate course in collaboration
with Bose Institute
St. Xavier’s College has added a third specialization to its physics
postgraduate course in collaboration with Bose Institute, widening the
ambit of higher education in a state short of options for meritorious
students. The MoU was signed by Fr. Felix Raj and Dr. Shibaji Raha on
The new MSc course in solid-state electronics is an extension of the
Mother Teresa Sarani institution’s four-year collaboration with the
renowned Bose Institute, a beehive of research for nine decades.
“Our partnership with Bose Institute (since 2007) has been very
fruitful. So we wanted to expand the collaboration,” Father Felix Raj,
the principal of the college, said.
Students pursuing an MSc in physics at St. Xavier’s have so far had a
choice of astro-particle physics and space sciences for specialization.
Solid state electronics, which makes its debut this academic year, is a
stream in applied physics that deals with circuits or devices built
entirely from solid materials. Common solid-state devices include
transistors and microprocessor chips.
“Students with specialization in solid state physics get a head start
both in frontline research and in technology-driven fields. They are
groomed for academics as well as industry,” said Shibaji Raha, the
director of Bose Institute.
The new physics course will have a batch of 22, of which 18 will be
picked by the St. Xavier’s management and four by a selection panel from
Bose Institute. The course starts in July with a monthly fee of Rs
Bengal’s unflattering record in research is blamed mostly on lack of
adequate options at home for students wanting to pursue higher education
in the applied sciences.
“Our aim is to improve higher education in Calcutta and efforts like
this are needed to fulfil that objective,” Father Felix Raj said.
St. Xavier’s will be responsible for drawing up the course structure
and providing the faculty. Bose Institute will bring to the
collaboration its professors, provide the use of its library to students
and offer some special classes and research opportunities.
“We have decided to offer two full scholarships to needy students
along with concessions based on needs and performance,” the principal
The college, the first private educational institution in the state
to be granted autonomy, intends renovating its observatory and open it
to the public, especially students.
“We are going to collaborate with the Inter-University Centre for
Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune for the renovation,” Father Felix Raj
Calcutta University also has a tie-up with Bose Institute, but St
Xavier’s is the only college in Bengal to collaborate with it.
“Our aim is to prepare and encourage students for further research.
It is always better to catch them young,” director Raha said.
The Minister for North Bengal met Fr. Felix Raj on June 14 on the
advice of the CM. The discussion between the two centered on
starting a center of excellence like Kolkata St. Xavier’s. Fr. Felix Raj
assured the Minister all possible help. He spoke to Mr. Deb about the
two Jesuit Colleges in NB and suggested making both of them as centers
of excellence. Fr. Felix Raj took this matter further in his meeting on
June 15 with Prof. Bratya Basu, the Higher Edication Minister. There
will be a meeting of the two Ministers and the two Principals, Fr. Felix
Raj and Fr. Cherian Padiyera of North Bengal St. Xavier’s College soon.