It has been a privilege to be a member of the Faculty and now to serve as the In charge Principal of St Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad. In the last few months, we have had some additional feathers added to our cap! Xavier’s is the only College in Gujarat to be awarded a Five Star rating by the GSIRF for 2018-19 and we have been ranked 56 in the country by the NIRF [National Institutional Ranking Framework]. The unstinting efforts of our outgoing Principal, Fr Robert Arockiasamy SJ and his team, together with the collaboration of the entire Faculty and student community, has made this possible.
We were the first Arts and Science College in the State of Gujarat to attain the Autonomous status and this year we complete the first cycle of Autonomy. With autonomy in hand, under the Leadership of our former Principal, Fr Robert Arockiasamy SJ, we have launched into setting up new courses, we have adopted unique quality measures for teaching, learning and evaluation , our faculty have broadened our syllabi and our students have responded with creative enthusiasm. We now look forward to the next step – we hope that the Government will reward this quest for excellence with a renewal of our autonomy!
In the coming year, the College will also be going for NAAC accreditation for the fourth time. Xavier’s was accredited with Five Stars (in 2001), reaccredited with an A + (in 2007) and with a score of 3.41 (in 2014). This has been achieved thanks to the Leadership provided by our former Principals and the hard committed work of every member of the Xavier family. We will need the help of each and every one of our Faculty and students to take the College to greater heights in the upcoming round of Accreditation!
Xavier’s is not just a College. It is a way of life. Many of our alumni who come back to the College repeatedly assert this. The College has been steeped in the Jesuit tradition of excellence and integral human formation. We do not seek for excellence merely in academics or in sports or in cultural talent. What we strive for is an all-round personal growth that leads to transformation.
Our vision at Xavier’s is to motivate each of our students to nurture three special values: to be professionally innovative, to be persons of integrity and to be socially inclusive. To be professionally innovative is to add value to the world, not merely in one’s subject domain. Xavierites seek to deal with the world with creativity and compassion. To be persons of integrity is to demonstrate an attitude of honesty, fairness, hard work and tolerance , always striving to give one’s best ! To be socially inclusive is to widen our horizons and to stretch our hearts to embrace persons irrespective of their nationality, religion, gender, caste, etc.
At Xavier’s, we have been blessed with deeply committed and highly qualified Faculty who help us to make this possible! As students, you are definitely privileged to be part of this rich tradition of education!! I am confident that with the support of the Jesuit community, our students, staff, parents, alumni and benefactors, we will continue to flourish and to serve society!