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Xavier’s plan for new hubs

St. Xavier’s College will set up a school of management, an engineering college and a research centre on its Rajarhat campus coming up across 16 acres, principal Father Felix Raj said on Monday.

The Rajarhat campus is expected to be ready in two years. “We had asked for 50 acres but since so much land was not available there, we reduced our demand to 25 acres. We have got 16 acres because more than that was not available at one place.... We are thankful to the chief minister and the Bengal government for the gesture.”

The college was formally allotted the land at the state Cabinet meeting on Thursday.

The second campus of the Park Street institution is coming up on the Bypass, near the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute. The college plans to shift its Educational Multimedia Research Centre, now functioning from a building in Park Circus, to the Bypass campus.

The college also plans to build a hostel each for boys and girls and facilities for research in communication and microbiology at the Bypass hub.

The principal said the chief minister had during her visit to St. Xavier’s on January 20 said the autonomous college should become a university.

“We have constituted a think tank comprising Calcutta University VC Suranjan Das, noted industrialist Sanjeev Goenka, two senior teachers of the college, noted media person Snehasish Sur, the rector of the college and myself. We have prepared a draft application (on the upgrade) and have sent it to various vice-chancellors and other personalities and are waiting for their feedback,” said Fr Raj.

The college, he added, would start an honours course in Bengali as a mark of respect to alumnus Rabindranath Tagore.