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NJAAI Milan 2022 at Darjeeling

The North Zone Congress of the Federation of Jesuit Alumni Associations of India (JAAI) was held in St. Joseph's School North Point, Darjeeling on the 2nd & 3rd September 2022. It was attended by delegates from the various Jesuit Alumni Associations from five Jesuit provinces namely- Kolkata, Darjeeling, Patna, Kohima, and Delhi.

The SXUK Alumni Association delegation was led by Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ, President, SXUKAA & Province Coordinator of Alumni, Kolkata Province. The delegation comprised Mr. Prionkur Bose, Vice President, Mr. Vatsal Chirimar, Hony. Secretary, Mr. Siddharth Kumar Tripathi, Hony. Treasurer, and Mr. Rohit Raj Ghosh, GB Member, SXUKAA. Shri P. S. Goley, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Sikkim was the Chief Guest.

The North Zone Council of JAAI was reconstituted in the Congress. Mr. Vatsal Chirimar of SXUKAA was appointed the Treasurer of the North Zone Council of JAAI.

Philanthropy Day Celebrations & Release of “Tides-Story Bank”

St. Xavier’s University Kolkata Alumni Association (SXUKAA) celebrated the birthday of its President Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ, Vice Chancellor, St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata, as ‘Philanthropy Day’ in the University Campus on Friday, 26th August, 2022. ‘Philanthropy Day’ is a day on which the Alumni recommits itself to the cause of philanthropy and social welfare every year.

Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj’s book “Tides-Story Bank” was released on this day. The Chief Guest on the occasion was Xaverian Shri Jawhar Sircar, Hon’ble Member of Parliament – Rajya Sabha. ‘Tides-Story Bank’ is a collection of 75 short stories. It is father’s second book of short stories after “Waves-Story Bank” which was released on 3rd December, 2020. The book has been published by St. Xavier’s University Kolkata Alumni Association. The foreword to the book has been written by Shri Shashi Tharoor, Hon’ble Member of Parliament – Lok Sabha.

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Shri Jawhar Sircar addressed a session for the Faculty Members of the University after which the Alumni Association organized the Philanthropy Day celebrations and the Book Launch. Rev. Fr. President handed over hearing aids to beneficiaries belonging to the economically weaker section of society. A video presentation showing some prized moments of Rev. Fr. President’s life was also shown by the Alumni Association.

Ignatius Cup Football Tournament

As part of the Ignatian Year Celebrations of SXUK, a football tournament was organised among the students, Faculty Members, Non-Teaching Staff Members and Alumni Members in a league cum knockout format on 30th July, 2022. The tournament was inaugurated by Dr. Sonajharia Minz, Vice-Chancellor, SKM University, and Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ, Vice-Chancellor, SXUK. The tournament was named as Ignatius Cup and was sponsored by SXUKAA. Alumni team won the first edition of the Ignatius Cup.

World Environment Day Celebrations

St. Xavier's University Kolkata Alumni Association celebrated World Environment Day on the University campus on Friday, 3rd June 2022. On this occasion, 500 saplings were distributed to faculty members and the 6 neighbouring villages adopted by the University.

On the occasion, Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ, Vice-Chancellor, the University & President of St. Xavier's University Kolkata Alumni Association declared the University's commitment to becoming a plastic-free campus. He handed over saplings to representatives of the six neighbouring villages adopted by the University and all the staff members. All the stakeholders of the University took an Environment Protection Pledge led by the Hony. Secretary of the Alumni Association, Mr. Vatsal Chirimar.

The Jesuits have framed the Universal Apostolic Preferences for 2019-2029, one of which is "To Collaborate in the Care for our Common Home." A Sit & Draw Competition was also organized on the occasion with children from Kalthelberia, Kulberia, Bonita, Hathishaka, Jeerangancha, and Dharamtalla-Panchuria villages on the theme "Caring for our Common Home." The program ended with a high tea.

Inauguration of Friday Fellowship Gathering

With the intention of promoting fellowship within the Xaverian Alumni network, the tradition of Friday Fellowship was inaugurated by Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, St. Xavier’s University Kolkata and Hon’ble President, St. Xavier’s University Kolkata Alumni Association on Friday, 22nd April, 2022.

Members of SXUKAA have decided to meet informally at the University campus every Friday evening from 5:30pm – 8pm to remain connected to their alma mater, interact with each other and increase fellowship. The inauguration was done with a symbolic cake-cutting in the presence of Rev. Fr. President, the Registrar, SXUK, the Deans, the Honorary Secretaries of SXUKAA and SXCCAA and Alumni Members.

Annual Sports Day

SXUKAA contingent comprising of the alumni members was part of the Sports Day Parade of St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata. The Sports Day was held on 2nd April, 2022.

3rd Convocation Ceremony of SXUK

St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata (SXUK) successfully organized the third Convocation programme on March 5, 2022 (Saturday) in the University premises adhering to all protocols of COVID-19 pandemic. A total number of 627 students received their degree completion certificates both in undergraduate and postgraduate courses in this Convocation programme. 34 students were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals according to their ranks.

On this grand occasion, eminent industrialist and Xaverian, Sanjiv Goenka, Chairman, RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group was conferred upon the prestigious first Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) by Rev. Fr. Dr. John Felix Raj, S.J., Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor of SXUK.

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Members of St. Xavier’s University Kolkata Alumni Association (SXUKAA) supported the organisation of the event. 627 new Life Members were inducted by SXUKAA on the occasion. The Hony. Secretary of SXUKAA, Mr. Vatsal Chirimar, felicitated Dr. Sanjiv Goenka on the occasion.

5th National Governing Council Meeting of JAAI

A delegation representing St. Xavier’s University Kolkata Alumni Association (SXUKAA) attended the 5th National Governing Council Meeting of the Federation of Jesuit Alumni Association of India (JAAI) held at St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Kolkata on 26th & 27th March, 2022.

The delegation was led by Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ, President, SXUKAA.
A meeting of all the Alumni Associations of the Kolkata Province was also held on 26th March, 2022. The Hony. Secretary of SXUKAA, Mr. Vatsal Chirimar presented a report on activities of SXUKAA which was appreciated by all.

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Mr. Prionkur Bose, Vice President, SXUKAA and Mr. Siddharth Kumar Tripathi, Hony. Treasurer, SXUKAA, also represented the Association in the session to introspect, reinvent and invigorate through the ‘Cannonball Moment’ of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

On the 2nd day, Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ, President, SXUKAA and Mr. Vatsal Chirimar, Hony. Secretary, SXUKAA attended the Governing Council Meeting of JAAI.

Annual Christmas Gathering at SXUK

St. Xavier’s University Kolkata Alumni Association (SXUKAA) organised the Annual Christmas Gathering at St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata (SXUK), on 22nd December, 2021. Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ, the Vice-Chancellor of St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata and President of St. Xavier’s University Kolkata Alumni Association gave the ‘Christmas Message’ on this day in the presence of the Jesuit Community, Staff, Faculty Members and Alumni of St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata.

Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj spoke about the commitment of the Jesuit community towards education. Father also spoke about the influence of Jesus on Tagore’s life and how Tagore had mentioned about Jesus in two of his poems. Rev. Fr. Felix Raj also recited some lines from the poems. He blessed the gathering and wished everyone Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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The official Alumni Memorabilia of SXUK was also launched on the occasion by Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ. The souvenir items launched includes Coffee Mugs, Lapel Pins, Digital Table Clocks, Sipper Bottles, Key Chains, Fridge Magnets, Mobile Pop Sockets, Caps and T-Shirts. The first set of Memorabilia items were handed over to Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ, by the Honorary Secretary of SXUKAA, Mr. VatsalChirimar. A set of the Memorabilia was also gifted to each of the Jesuit Fathers of the SXUK Jesuit Community. The souvenir items will be available for sale from the Alumni Office as well as the website of SXUKAA. The sale proceeds will be used for various social and charitable activities carried out by SXUKAA throughout the year.

SXUKAA shared the joy of the festive season with some children of the neighbouring villages who had been invited for the Christmas Gathering. The children enjoyed playing games organised by the Lady Members of SXUKAA on the winter evening. Stationery Kits and Winter garments were also gifted to all the children by SXUKAA.

2nd 𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐈𝐃 𝐕𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐩 𝐚𝐭 𝐒𝐭.𝐗𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐫'𝐬 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥, 𝐆𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐩

St. Xavier’s University Kolkata Alumni Association (SXUKAA) organized a COVID Vaccination Camp in collaboration with Siddhartha Shankar Ray Foundation at St. Xavier’s School, Gurap on Saturday, December 4, 2021, for the benefit of the rural and tribal population of the area.

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A total of 183 people received their 2nd dose of Covishield Vaccine on the day. This camp was organised primarily to administer the 2nd dose of the vaccine to the 248 beneficiaries who had taken their first jab on August 29, 2021.

The camp was blessed and inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Dr. John Felix Raj, SJ, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata, and President, SXUKAA.

Rev. Fr. Vinay Kerketta, SJ, Headmaster - St. Xavier’s School, Gurap, Prof.AshisMitra, Registrar, St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata, Rev. Fr. Mourlin Franklin, SJ, Assistant Professor - Xavier Business School, Mr. Rajesh Chirimar, Secretary - Siddhartha Shankar Ray Foundation and Member, Board of Administrators, Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation and Mr. Vatsal Chirimar, Hony. Secretary - SXUKAA were also present on the occasion.

Rev. Fr. Dr. John Felix Raj commended the lofty efforts of SXUKAA. He particularly appreciated the fact that an effort was made to reach out to the rural areas. Fr. Felix Raj also expressed his gratitude to Siddhartha Shankar Ray Foundation for sponsoring the camp.

Mr. Rajesh Chirimar expressed his gratitude to Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ, and the Jesuit Community of Gurap for getting the noble opportunity. He also assured his full support towards more outreach programs.

The medical team for this vaccination drive was from the Renaissance Hospital, Kolkata.

In the last few months, St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata, and St. Xavier’s University Kolkata Alumni Association have undertaken a number of initiatives in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 including setting up of a Safe-Home inside the University campus and vaccination drives at various places.

2nd Dose COVID Vaccination Camp at SXUK

St. Xavier's University, Kolkata (SXUK) and St. Xavier's University Kolkata Alumni Association (SXUKAA) jointly organised a COVID Vaccination Camp at the SXUK Campus, in collaboration with Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of West Bengal on Friday, 1st October, 2021 for the benefit of the University Staff, Students, Alumni and others. A total of 286 people received their second dose of Covishield Vaccine on this day.

The camp was inaugurated and blessed by Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ, Hon'ble Vice Chancellor, St. Xavier's University, Kolkata and President, St. Xavier's University Kolkata Alumni Association.

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Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ commended the efforts of SXUKAA and all the people involved in making the event successful. Most of the eligible stakeholders of St. Xavier's University, Kolkata are now fully vaccinated.

The necessary medical support for the camp was provided by the District Administration of North 24 Parganas and Salt Lake Sub-Divisional Hospital.

St. Xavier's University, Kolkata and St. Xavier's University Kolkata Alumni Association have undertaken a number of initiatives in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the last few months. A 40- bed Safe-Home was setup inside the University campus during the peak of the 2nd wave of COVID-19 outbreak. SXUKAA has been involved in organising five COVID Vaccination drives covering over 1000 doses, including a rural vaccination drive organised in Gurap Village, Hooghly district.

COVID Vaccination Camp at Gurap

St. Xavier’s University Kolkata Alumni Association (SXUKAA) organised a COVID Vaccination Camp in collaboration with Siddhartha Shankar Ray Foundation at St. Xavier’s School, Gurap on Sunday, 29th August, 2021 for the benefit of the rural and tribal population of the area. A total of 248 people received their dose of Covishield Vaccine on the day.

The camp was blessed by Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata and President, SXUKAA.

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Fr. Vinay Kerketta, SJ, Headmaster, St. Xavier’s School, Gurap, Fr. Mourlin Franklin, SJ, Assistant Professor, Xavier Business School, Mr. Rajesh Chirimar, Secretary, Siddhartha Shankar Ray Foundation and Member, Board of Administrators, Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation and Mr. VatsalChirimar, Hony. Secretary, SXUKAA were also present on the occasion.

Fr. John Felix Raj commended the efforts of SXUKAA. He particularly appreciated the fact that an effort was made to reach out to the rural areas. Fr. Felix Raj also expressed his gratitude to Siddhartha Shankar Ray Foundation for sponsoring the camp and to AMRI Hospital for the medical arrangements. Mr. Rajesh Chirimar expressed his gratitude to Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ and the Jesuit Community of Gurap for the opportunity. He also assured his full support towards more such endeavours.

It is noteworthy to mention that in the last few months, St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata and St. Xavier’s University Kolkata Alumni Association have undertaken a number of initiatives in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 including setting up of a Safe-Home inside the University campus and various vaccination drives.

SXUKAA Observes Philanthropy Day

St. Xavier’s University Kolkata Alumni Association (SXUKAA) celebrated the birthday of its President Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ on Thursday, 26thAugust, 2021 as “Philanthropy Day”.

Rev. Fr. President was felicitated by members of SXUKAA and SXUKAA. On this occasion, alumni recommitted themselves for the cause of social welfare.

On this auspicious day, Fr. President handed over a cheque for the eye operation of Mrs. Laxmi Bag, a 78 year old lady who is in the urgent need of the same. Mrs. Bag is a roadside tea-seller, who was dispossed of her own house by her sons who do not look after her.

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Rev. Fr. President also handed over supplies of nourishment food supplements for 50 pregnant and lactating women belonging to the economically weaker section of society.

A professional sewing machine was also handed over to Ms. Mamata Das, a young widow, who presently supports her two children by doing minor tailoring/stitching jobs.

A COVID Vaccination drive was organised on Sunday, 29th August, 2021 at Gurap (Hooghly District) primarily for the rural and tribal population of the area.

A video showing the various philanthropic activities undertaken by St. Xavier’s University Kolkata Alumni Association during the year was shown. The Alumni Identity Card was also unveiled on this day by Rev. Fr. President. The Hony. Secretary of SXUKAA, Mr. VatsalChirimar handed over the first ID card to Fr. Felix Raj.

Rev. Fr. President gave an emotional speech on the occasion. The program was followed by High-tea. In Park Street, College alumnus, Mr. Pratap’s Oasis Restaurant distributed food to the poor and needy people.

Vaccination Drive for Xaverians

A COVID Vaccination Drive was organized at St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata on 3rd July, 2021 for the benefit of the students and alumni of the University. The initiative was taken by St. Xavier’s University Kolkata and St. Xavier’s University Kolkata Alumni Association in collaboration with the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of West Bengal. Shri Rajesh Chirimar, Member, Board of Administrators, Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

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Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ, Vice Chancellor, St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata expressed his gratitude to the District Administration of North 24 Parganas for their support in the endeavor. He said that the University has been pro-actively responding to the COVID-19 outbreak and has taken several initiatives including setting up of a Safe-Home. Mr. Rajesh Chirimar assured his full support to St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata, particularly for the efforts that the University is taking to reach out to the rural areas.

More than 200 beneficiaries including students, alumni and their family members were vaccinated in the drive. The event was organized with the active support of St. Xavier’s University Kolkata Alumni Association (SXUKAA).

COVID-19 Vaccination Drive

St. Xavier's University, Kolkata (SXUK) and St. Xavier's University Kolkata Alumni Association (SXUKAA) organised a COVID-19 Vaccination Drive in collaboration with the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of West Bengal on Wednesday, 23rd June, 2021 at the University's campus. The camp was supported by the District Administration of North 24 Parganas, and Shri Sumit Gupta, IAS, Hon'ble District Magistrate, North 24 Parganas graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. 220 beneficiaries, including Jesuit Fathers, university staff, security personnel and construction workers received their jabs in the drive.

COVID Care Centre

In response to the 2nd wave of COVID-19, St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata had setup a 40 Bed Covid Care Centre (Safe Home) in the University Campus. The safe home was setup with medical support from the Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of West Bengal. The initiative was supported by SXUKAA.

5th FOUNDATION DAY CELEBRATIONS OF SXUK

The 5th Foundation Day Celebrations of St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata (SXUK), was organized by St. Xavier’s University Kolkata Alumni Association (SXUKAA) on 8th February, 2021, at the Fr. Albert Huart Hall, St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata.

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Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, SXUK and President, SXUKAA, delivered the Foundation Day Lecture. He reminisced the journey of the establishment of St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata and the ups and downs in the process.

On the occasion, St. Xavier’s University Kolkata Alumni Association felicitated Rev. Fr. Vice Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Pro Vice Chancellor, the Registrar, the Finance Officer, the Campus Minister, the Deans of the various departments, the PhD Coordinator and the Controller of Examinations, as a mark of gratitude for their role in the journey of SXUK.

The Foundation Day cake was cut by Rev. Fr. Vice Chancellor along with Rev. Fr. Pro-Vice Chancellor, the Registrar and the Secretary of the Alumni Association in the presence of all the fathers, sisters and deans on the dais.

PROVINCE LEVEL MEETING

St. Xavier's University Kolkata Alumni Association (SXUKAA) hosted the Province Level Meeting of all the Alumni Associations under the Calcutta Jesuit Province on Saturday, 9th January, 2021 at St. Xavier's University, Kolkata. The meeting was chaired by the Province Coordinator of Alumni (PCA) Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ.

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The meeting was attended by the Presidents, Secretaries and representatives of the various Alumni Associations - St. Xavier's University Kolkata Alumni Association, the Alumni Associations of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, St. Lawrence High School, Kolkata, St. Xavier's Collegiate School, Kolkata, St. Xavier's School, Durgapur and St. Xavier's College, Burdwan.

Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ, the Province Coordinator of Alumni and Vice-Chancellor of St. Xavier's University, Kolkata, called upon the various Alumni Associations to take up the "Universal Apostolic Preferences" and respond to them. The various Alumni Associations also presented their reports on the activities undertaken by them and deliberated on the way forward.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS

In collaboration with the Social Work Department of SXUK, SXUKAA gifted blankets to residents of Kathelberia Village on 21st December, 2020.Kathelberia village is situated in the neighborhood of St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata.

WAVES – STORY BANK

The book, “Waves - Story Bank”, compiled and edited by Rev. Fr. Dr. John Felix Raj, Vice Chancellor, St. Xavier’s University Kolkata, was launched on Thursday (4.12.2021) at a function in the university. It was released by Dr. Dhrubajyoti Chottopadhyay, Vice Chancellor, Sister Nivedita University, Kolkata.

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The book comprises of 75 inspirational stories, collected and annotated by Fr. Felix Raj, which were taken from different mythological and religious faiths. Introducing the book, Father Felix Raj said, “The stories will inspire every individual in shaping his or her life to become a better human being. These stories are relevant in facing challenges in day to day life”.

In the Inaugural address Dr. Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay said that in the present education system, quality education including value education has become very important along with its proliferation. The foreword to the book is written by Dr. Suranjan Das, Vice-Chancellor, Jadavpur University. The book was released on the occasion of the feast day of St. Francis Xavier.

Father Felix Raj, in his introductory address also said that every story he has compiled in this book is a wave from the sea of his heart to embrace every reader so that they are touched and transformed. He further said, “we are drawn to stories because they are the index of our mind. They are universal in meaning and purpose. They help us to share our varied emotions – joys and sorrows that design the bouquet of life. They each come with a message and influence our thought processes and decisions. They make us human and teach us wisdom. They shape our perspectives. Everyone is a story, and every story belongs to someone. Stories take us on a journey of self-discovery and transformation”.

The book is published by St. Xavier’s University Kolkata Alumni Association.

PHILANTHROPY DAY CELEBRATIONS - INAUGURATION OF THE ALUMNI OFFICE

St. Xavier’s University Kolkata Alumni Association (SXUKAA) celebrated the birthday of its President Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ on Wednesday, 26thAugust, 2020. The day was observed as “Philanthropy Day.” The Office of SXUKAA was also blessed and inaugurated by Rev. Fr. President on this day. The website of SXUKAA was also launched.

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The office of SXUKAA has been constructed on the Ground Floor of the Aruppe Building adjoining the Hall of Fame. Rev. Fr. President blessed and inaugurated the office in the presence of Rev. Fr. Dominic Savio, SJ, Principal, St. Xavier’s College, Rev. Fr. Sebasti L Raj, Pro-Vice Chancellor, St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata, other Fathers and Sisters, Faculty Members and Alumni/ae of St. Xavier’s College & St. Xavier’s University.

The Philanthropy Day celebration was organized in the Auditorium. A video showing the philanthropic activities undertaken by St. Xavier’s University under the leadership of Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ was shown. Members of St. Xavier’s College Calcutta Alumni Association (SXCCAA) and SXUKAA felicitated father and prayed for his wellbeing. Rev. Fr. President gave a very personal and emotional speech. He thanked everyone, particularly, the Alumni members of the College for the celebrations. He also shared his thoughts about the journey of the establishment and growth of St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata.

1ST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The 1st Annual General Meeting (AGM) of St. Xavier’s University Kolkata Alumni Association (SXUKAA) was held on Saturday, 22ndAugust, 2020 from 4pm onwards. The meeting was chaired by Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ, Vice Chancellor, St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata and President, SXUKAA.

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Father welcomed all the members and called it an historical occasion. He also placed on record his gratitude to all the members and well-wishers, particularly the Alumni of St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, who were instrumental in formation of the Association. He said that the Alumni/ae are always welcome to the University and should always feel a sense of belonging towards their alma mater.

The members discussed and deliberated on various issues. The Secretary’s Report and the Audited Accounts of the Association for the year 2019-20 were approved. Based on the nominations received, Rev. Fr. Vice Chancellor also announced the new Governing Body of SXUKAA. Mr. Vatsal Chirimar was appointed the 1st Honorary Secretary of SXUKAA.

WEBINAR – “LIFE DURING A PANDEMIC”

St. Xavier’s University Kolkata Alumni Association organized a webinar on the topic “Life during a Pandemic: What is the ‘new normal?’” on Friday, 14thAugust, 2020 from 6pm onwards using Google Meet. An eminent panel of speakers comprising, Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ, Vice Chancellor, St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata, Dr. Purnendu Roy, Managing Director, Genesis Group of Companies and Shri Suparno Moitra, Eminent Public Policy Professional, presented its views in the Webinar.

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The Webinar was attended by around 120 participants, which included the Faculty Members, Alumni/Alumnae and Students of St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata and was also streamed live on social media.

Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ extended a warm welcome to all the participants and called it a red-letter day as this was the first program organized by St. Xavier’s University Kolkata Alumni Association. He placed on record his gratitude to all those involved in the formation of the Alumni Association and the organization of the Webinar. Rev. Fr. Felix Raj went on to speak about the experience of St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata during the lockdown due to the Corona-virus outbreak and how the University was trying its best to ensure the continuity of the teaching-learning process even though there have been no physical classes in the last five months. Father said how the ‘life’ of the campus is missing due to the absence of students in the campus.

Dr. Purnendu Roy spoke about the ‘Health and Wellness Challenges in the new normal.’ He said that we should not just hope for ‘normalcy’ to return but aim for a situation ‘better than normal.’ He said that we should look upon Corona-virus as a challenge and said that small steps taken by us can go a long way in protecting us. He said that simple practices like frequent hand washing, avoiding putting our hands on our face and wearing face masks properly can prevent the infection. He also called upon everyone to stand by the needy and the vulnerable during this tough time.

Shri Suparno Moitra spoke about the “Economic & Administrative Challenges in the new normal.” He specifically pointed out the various problems that are being faced by the various sections of the society and his recommendations regarding the same. He spoke about the Key Economic Indicators of the country and the likely trends. In a structured presentation, he pointed out the specific problems being faced by Faculty Members, Students and Administrators of educational institutions in the present period and how they can overcome them.

The entire session was moderated by Mr. Mario Martin Louis, Placement & Training Officer of St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata, who also conducted a brief Interactive Session after all the speakers had presented their views. Mr. Vatsal Chirimar, Treasurer, St. Xavier’s University Kolkata Alumni Association proposed the Vote of Thanks.

1ST MEETING OF THE MEMBERS

The first meeting of the members of St. Xavier’s University Kolkata Alumni Association was convened on 16thFebruary, 2020 by Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ, President, SXUKAA. Rev. Fr. President formally welcomed all members to the Association and called upon them to always maintain a connect with St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata and to take the association forward.

SPORTS DAY 2020


For the first time, a contingent representing the Alumni was part of the Sports Day Parade of St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata. The Sports Day was held on 25thJanuary, 2020.

9TH JAAI NATIONAL CONGRESS

A delegation led by Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, represented St. Xavier’s University Kolkata Alumni Association at the 9th JAAI National Congress held at St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli between 17th – 19thJanuary, 2020. On the second day of the conference, Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj addressed the session on the topic “Jesuit Education and Networking.” The SXUKAA delegation led by Rev. Fr. President, comprised of Mr. G.P. Gupta, Mr. Vatsal Chirimar and Mr. Siddharth Kumar Tripathi.