St. Xavier’s College Kolkata is owned and managed by the Jesuits of the Calcutta Province of the Society of Jesus. With the registration of Catholic Mission of West Bengal (also known as Calcutta Province of the Society of Jesus) under the Societies Registration Act 1961, the ownership of St. Xavier’s College was vested with this said Society from its registration in 1973, and it was administered by a Governing Body constituted as per statutes of Calcutta University.
In May 2005, the Founder Body, Catholic Mission of West Bengal , initiated the registration of a new Society, in the style and name of St. Xavier’s College Kolkata Educational Trust. The administration and management of
St. Xavier's College is now under this Trust with effect from 1st June 2006, and the day-to-day administration is vested with a Governing Body, as per guidelines of the UGC for Autonomous Colleges with minority character.
JESUITS AND EDUCATION IN INDIA
The Society of Jesus, a Christian Religious Order founded by Saint Ignatius
of Loyola in 1540, has been active in the field of education throughout the
world since its origin. In the world, the Jesuits are responsible for 3,897
Educational Institutions in 90 countries. These Jesuit Educational
Institutions engage the efforts of approximately 1,34,303 teachers,
educating approximately 29,28,806 students.
In India, the Society of Jesus has founded 118 Primary & Middle Schools,
149 High Schools, 58 University Colleges, 22 Technical Institutes and 16
Business Administration Institutes with 11,225 teachers, educating 3,24,538
students, belonging to every social class, community and linguistic group.
These Institutions are part of the Catholic Church's effort to share in the
country’s educational undertaking.
The Jesuit College aims at the integral, personal formation of youth. To
accomplish this, special efforts are made :
- to help the students to become mature, spiritually-oriented men and
women of character;
- to encourage them continuously to strive after excellence in every
- to value and judiciously use their freedom;
- to be clear and firm on principles and courageous in action;
- to be unselfish in the service of their fellowmen; and
- to become
agents of needed social change in their country.
The Jesuit College thus aims at making its own contribution towards a
transformation of the present-day social condition so that principles 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
available to all. (Jesuit Educational Association of India)