They are embodiments of “Magis” as they created a better world for others.
They touched lives!
They will live on for they have touched hearts!
Dr B B Bhaduria
Deep sadness loomed large on the College, as Bhadauria Sir left for the heavenly abode, early morning of 15 November 2020. It was utterly unexpected as just about a fortnight back his department members bid him adieu on his retirement on October 30, 2020. He had joined the Department of Statistics in 1983 and he was the Head of the Department when he retired.
Bhadauria Sir in his 37 years of service was known for discipline and values. He was a man of principles. Whether it was regular college, an event, a faculty development programme, a staff meeting, a seminar, or even a picnic, one would find Bhadauria Sir much before the scheduled time. He believed in data science and his forte was in setting systems and standard operating procedures. He was a member of the micro IQAC and IQAC, and his inputs have been very valuable in analysing and evaluating quality standards for the college.
In his deliberations in meetings and gatherings, his goodwill for SXCA was always evident. To see it surge ahead to new heights with everyone contributing was his ardent desire. He also was a connoisseur of art and music, and his appreciation for music was immense.
He was simple and rooted. He opened a door to growing in confidence and trust in self and others to all those who encountered him –an invitation for us to continue this spirit.
Fr. Carlos Valles, S.J
We remember and revel in the greatness of Fr. Carlos Valles, S.J, as he departs for the heavenly abode. His greatness lies in his simplicity, in his endearing way of connecting with people, in his love for Mathematics and Gujarati, in his way of putting his thoughts into words in his books, in his way of adapting to a life of service.
He was born in Logrono, Spain on November 4, 1925. He came to India in 1949 and was a part of St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad for 22 years. He taught Mathematics in college, and extended his learning to many as he stayed as a guest with innumerable families, from who he imbibed the culture and ethos of Gujarat, and enriched them with his wisdom and spirituality. This was well depicted in his literary odyssey. It is heartening to see a face light up at the mention of Fr Valles.
Fr. Valles has authored more than 70 books, which offer an insight into life and share the secrets of living a meaningful life. Many of his books are in Gujarati, which enabled him to connect to people with ease. His writing had a refreshingly conversational touch to it. Some of his books include Sadachar, Gandhiji ni navi pedhi, Murli, Shabdlok, Lagnasaga, Vyakti Ghadtar and many more. He received literary awards for his work in Gujarati. He also wrote a weekly column in Gujarat Samachar called “Navi Pedhi Ne” (To the New Generation).
It is delightful to see how he kept himself updated with the times; In 1999, he created his own website as a platform to connect with the Youth. His autobiography, I am Collecting Rainbows is a depiction of how multifaceted he was, living each of them to the fullest.
His contribution to Mathematics is exemplary. Having introduced “Modern Math” in Gujarat University and wrote the first textbook Äbstract Algebra.
His books, written as a priest, marvel at God, marvel at the creations of God and the essence of life itself. Imbued with the true Jesuit spirit and guided by the Ignatian spirituality, Fr. Valles became an epitome of dedication, commitment, and inculturation.
He dared to transcend language, creed, and culture to become a citizen of the world – an inspiration for us to learn to go beyond our narrow, domestic walls….
1942 – 2020
Mr Chamanbhai Macwan had joined the college in 1961 and retired in the year 2002. He breathed his last on 28 October 2020. We mourn his demise, remembering with gratitude the welcoming smile with which greeted everyone in the college library, and readily offered help in finding books. It was inspiring to see him engrossed in making lists of new books or mending old ones with meticulous care. His love for books and reading was evident as he himself enjoyed Gujarati and Urdu poetry a great deal.
His extraordinary discipline, dedication and commitment defined his life and work. We salute him for his invaluable service to the college.
Dr Tushar Pandya
The Management and Staff of St. Xavier’s College extend their heartfelt condolences, and deeply mourn the passing of Dr. Tushar Pandya on October 27, 2020. He had joined the college in 1985 as a Physics faculty.
One of the senior-most members of the Physics and Electronics Department, Dr. Pandya was a deeply committed and well-respected academician, who was always passionate about Physics and championed it in myriad ways. Standing true to the credo of a teacher, he was always accessible to the students, available as a guide and mentor at all times.
As his colleagues and friends in the department and campus would vouch, there was never a dull moment when Dr. Pandya was around. He would eagerly participate in a discussion, never shy away from expressing his views and always ready to serve a cause. Always eager to take on new challenges and responsibilities, Dr. Pandya was a valued member, be it in the College, in the University, at the Gujarat Science Academy, at the Indian Association of Physics Teachers, or any other professional body that he was associated with. Dr. Pandya was a kind-hearted, helpful, and generous person. Relentless in his pursuits and highly industrious, he touched many lives and spread the light of learning and knowledge with a lot of fervour.
It is unimaginable that we will walk into the department or the laboratory again without hearing “Pandya Sahib’s” (as he was fondly referred to by his colleagues) cheerful and booming voice again. He will be dearly missed by all.
We extend our sympathies to the bereaved family members. May the Almighty grant them courage to cope with this tragic loss and grant eternal peace to the departed soul. Rest in peace, Dr. Tushar Pandya.
He took great care to see the potential of his students beyond the academics and encouraged them – an invitation to us to look for what is good in others
Dr. P. R. Shah
Dr. P. R. Shah, former Head of the Chemistry Department, departed for heavenly abode on 18 May, 2021 due to COVID related complications. He was renowned as a stalwart of Organic Chemistry in Ahmedabad. As the Head of the Department for more than 20 years, he played an instrumental role in the growth of the department, especially in initiating the MSc Organic Chemistry programme. As a PhD guide, he nurtured many students to excel in their careers, including future Heads of the Department like Dr. C. G Dave and Dr, P. S. Pandya.
He has authored several books and articles in Organic Chemistry and he has donated many books to the Department and College Library. His benevolence, his vision, his hard work and dedication are signatures of an educator par excellence. We extend heartfelt condolences to his family and salute him for his contributions to the College.
Inputs from Dr. Atul Makwana, Head, Department of Chemistry
Dr. Shantikumar Pandya
અલવિદા ડૉ.શાન્તિભાઈ પંડયા સાહેબ….
ગુજરાત સંસ્કૃત જગતને પૂરી શકાય એવી ખોટ પડી!
સેતટ ઝેવિયસસ કૉલેજના સંસ્કૃત વિભાગના ભુતપૂર્વ અધ્યક્ષ અને સારસ્વત વિશેષ તથા મૂઠી ઉંચેરા
માનવી એવા ડૉ. શાન્તિકુમાર પંડયા સાહબે ના નિધનથી સમગ્ર સંસ્કૃત આલમ શોકમગ્ન છે.
સંસ્કૃત વિષયમાં મારી સાથે અનેક વિદ્યાથીઓને ઘડનારા ગરુુજનોમાં વનત્ય ઉલ્લેખનીય, પ્રેરક,
આત્મીય હુંફ પ્રદાન કરનાર એવા આદરણીય પંડ્યા સાહબે નો નશ્વરદેહ ભલે વિલય પામ્યો પણ
અક્ષરદેહે તેઓ હમેશા સંસ્કૃત વિષયના જીગ્નાસું વિદ્યાથીઓ અને વાચકો વચ્ચે નિત્ય જીવંત જ
રહેશે. એમણે અનેક પુસ્તકોનું લેખન, સંપાદન, વિવેચન કર્યું છે.
આદરણીય પડંયા સાહબે મહાભારતના મર્મને ઉઘાડી આપનાર ગુજરાતનાં ગણ્યાગાઠંયા વિદ્વાનોમાં
એક હતા. તેમની મહાભારતને અને એના પાત્રોને જોવાની અને સમજવાની દૃષ્ટિ અનોખી હતી.
તેઓ મહાભારતના વિહસાયવસ્તુનું ઉત્તમ વિશ્લેષણ કરી એના કૃતિનિષ્ઠ રહસ્યને ખોલી આપતા.
સંસ્કૃત સાહિત્યના વિવેચનની વાત કરીએ તો, એમની પેઢીના ઉત્તમ વિવેચકોમાં એમનું નામ
અગ્રગણ્ય હતું. સંસ્કૃતની કૃતિનું ઉત્તમોત્તમ રસદર્શન કેવી રીતે કરી શકાય એ સદ્વત પડંયા સાહબ
પાસેથી સીખવા મળ્યું હતું. તેઓ એમના વર્ગખંડમાં અમને કાવ્ય પ્રકાશ ભણાવતા ત્યારે એમણે
વર્ગખંડમાં ભણાવેલું પછી કોઈને બીજી વારર જોવું જ ન પડે એવી રસપ્રદ શૈલીથી અધ્યાપન કાર્ય
કરાવતા. જોડણીના દોષો બાબતે, નોટ્સ બનાવતા જઈએ ત્યારે ખાસ ધ્યાન દોરતા.
એમના નિર્મળ અને નિખાલસ હાસ્ય સાથે ટીખળ પણ કરતાં. એમની અધ્યાપન શૈલી હંમેશા
સ્મરણીય રહેશે. એમની અધ્યાપન શૈલી પ્રેરણારૂપ બની રહી છે.
આદરણીય પંડયા સાહેબ શ્રેસ્ઠ વિવેચકની સાથે ઉત્તમ વક્તા પણ હતા. એમનાં વ્યાખ્યાનો
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ગુજરાતીઓ હોંશથી વાંચતાં. મહાભારત પર એમને બોલતા સાંભળવા એ લ્હાવો હતો.
પ્રમાણમાં પડછંદ વ્યક્તિત્વ અને ખડખડાટ હાસ્ય એ એમની વિશેષતા.
સંસ્કૃત વિષયની અને વિષયના અધ્યાપકોની ચિંતા અને પ્રશ્નોને મજબૂત રીતે નિર્ભયતાથી એમણે
તેમના કાર્યકાળમાં સતત રજુ કરી છે.
સર! તમારુ સ્મિતપૂર્ણ પ્રસન્ન વદન અમને પ્રેરણા આપતું રહશે.
– ડૉ. ઇશ્વર મેહરા, અધ્યક્ષ, સંસ્કૃત વિભાગ, સેંટ ઝેવિયસસ કૉલેજ, અમદાવાદ.
Dr. C. J. Clement, a faculty member of Physics at St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad breathed his last on May 08, 2021 succumbing to COVID. Dr. Clement was a dedicated teacher and a valued faculty member at St. Xavier’s College where he taught from 1994. Dr. Clement obtained his Bachelor’s degree from St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad and later obtained his M.Sc. from M.S. University, Baroda in the Applied Physics Department. He completed his Ph.D under Prof. P.C. Vinodkumar from Sardar Patel University in the field of theoretical astrophysics.
Dr. Clement was highly influenced by Prof. V. Potbhare when he studied under him at M.S. University and he tried to model himself after him in his teaching career. At St. Xavier’s College he taught courses at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Students regarded him as a very sensitive teacher who could give a patient hearing to their problems and hence students felt very comfortable approaching him to discuss their concerns. He was involved in various social service activities run by the campus ministry of the college. Two years ago he was appointed as the Co-coordinator of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of the college. By encouraging all the staff to work together he made a significant contribution to the efforts of the college to obtain a higher NAAC rating.
Dr. Clement was associated with the Advanced B.Sc. (Physics) Programme of the Gujarat Science Academy and the Vikram A. Sarabhai Community Science Centre from its inception. He was a member of the Coordination Committee and was a Director of the Programme after St. Xavier’s College became a partner of the programme and hosted it on its campus every summer. His considerations and judgements in the selection of students for the programme were very insightful. During the programme at the peak of summer, he always maintained his smiling countenance from morning till evening, engaging with students and faculty and ensuring that all arrangements were well taken care of. He displayed a wonderful characteristic of appreciating the good aspects of all in public and conveying any suggestions for change to the relevant person only in private in a mild but effective manner.
Dr. Clement will be sorely missed by his students and his colleagues and associates who will always remember him as a caring teacher and a dear colleague. The entire Xavier Parivar extends its heartfelt condolences to his family.
Write up by Dr. Rajesh Iyer, Head, Department of Physics – Electronics