In May 2005, Catholic Mission of West Bengal, the Founder Body, 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 University, Kolkata is under this Trust with effect from February 8, 2017 and the day-to-day administration of the University is vested with a Governing Board, as per the St. Xavier's University, Kolkata Act 2016.
St. Xavier's College Kolkata which is owned and managed by the Jesuits of the Calcutta Province of the Society of Jesus was under this Trust till 2018. With the registration of St. Xavier's College Trust (SXCT), St. Xavier's College is now under the new Trust and is administered by a Governing Body.
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 4,000 Educational Institutions in 95 countries. These Jesuit Educational Institutions engage the efforts of approximately 1, 44,303 teachers, educating approximately 30, 28,806 students.
The Indian mission of the Jesuits lies at the very origin of their Order. It is to India that Ignatius of Loyola sent his greatest son, Francis Xavier in 1542. Xavier was a zealous "missionary on the move". He worked in India for ten years, from 1542 to 1552; which is called the Xaverian decade.
Perhaps the best-known education in India is imparted by Jesuits. The Jesuit educational initiative is the largest private network in the world today. They conduct not less than 62 university colleges, 18 Institutes of Business Administration and 200 high schools spread throughout the country, almost all of them among its most reputed (for example: St. Xavier's, Calcutta, Mumbai, Ranchi; Loyola, Chennai, Vijayawada; St. Joseph's, Bangalore, Trichy; XLRI, Jamshedpur). In them, more than 4, 00,000 students belonging to every religious, linguistic and socio-economic group, receive their education.
The Jesuit College/University aims at the integral, personal formation of youth. To accomplish this, special efforts are made:
The Jesuit institution 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.