The Principal Speaks...
On behalf of the entire St. Xavier’s College family, it is my pleasure to introduce you to St. Xavier’s College and its vision for the students studying here. St. Xavier’s College was founded in 1988 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Today it has been deemed as one of the nation’s finest higher education institute with an annual enrollment of over 3000 Plus Two, A- Level, undergraduate and graduate students from all 75 districts of Nepal.
St. Xavier’s college was first founded as a response to a call in 1988 to form men and women who are intellectually competent and socially responsible. This call is ever more relevant today asthe country is going through a transitional phase, politically, economically and socially.
In a world where education has become more of a business, St. Xavier’s College offers a unique atmosphere that allows the quality of education and formation of character to flourish. Students at St. Xavier’s College are not only taught subjects but the institution focuses on forming responsible, competent, innovative and grounded young men and women that work for society. As an institution of higher education, St. Xavier’s college is not only committed to the dissemination of knowledge but also the creation of new knowledge and discourses. To facilitate this, the college offers well equipped laboratory and library facilities. Research oriented teachinglearning approaches in the faculties have made St. Xavier’s college a highly sought after institution in the country.
The college has also introduced mandatory rural camps for all faculties. These camps help allow students get a glimpse of the complexities of issues that the country faces. This is an effort to help create more socially responsible young citizens for the country.
Another important activity that has helped in the holistic development of the students is the weekly assembly that is conducted for the Plus Two and A-Level students and the monthly conferences for undergraduate and graduate students with the Principal. In these meetings the vision and mission of the college is clearly discussed and analyzed. I believe that every one of us in this family experience immense joy and pride to be part of an institution that works towards achieving excellence.
Besides academics the college also stresses the importance of co-curricular and extracurricular activities. Various student clubs operate in the campus finding new ventures every year. Separate clubs for undergraduate and graduate students have been established to help them grow in co-curricular activities of their level. These clubs have often witnessed creative and ingenious ideas.
Even though the institution has its roots firmly planted in the soil of Nepal, we realize the importance of having a trans- national approach in delivering education to help produce competent and skilled students. As a result, the college is involved in two immersion programs: one for the students with DIAK University of Applied Sciences in Finland and the other for the teachers with Sogang University in Korea.
The institution has also realized the importance of maintaining a rich alumni network. As an effort, the college has decided to host an Alumni Day every year on the 25th of December. Christmas carries the message” Hope.” It is fitting to reunite with our graduates on a special day like Christmas every year as they are the Hope of our nation today.
Finally, Joining with hundreds of Jesuit educational institutions all over the world, the college is striving to create a new generation of leaders – men and women who will be capable of shaping the future with the vision, justice, compassion and charity- with concern for all the human family.
We invite you to join us in this mission as a prospective student, parent or friend.
Fr. Augustine Thomas, S.J.
1st February, 2015