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