St. Xavier’s College Calcutta Alumni Association is adding yet another international chapter this August — this time in Toronto, Canada.
“Canada seems like mini-Calcutta because of the many Xaverians there. We are expecting over 100 alumni to join us for the August 18 launch,” said Father Felix Raj, the principal of St. Xavier’s College and president of the alumni association.
The college’s first step abroad started with the Singapore chapter in 2006. It was followed by Bangkok in 2008, Dubai in 2009, UK in 2011 and chapters in Bangladesh, the US and Australia in 2012.
“The idea was to create a community of Xaverians across the world that will transcend all regional communities that usually exist abroad,” said Firdausal Hasan, the honorary secretary of SXCCAA.
The Xaverian community abroad has over 1,500 members; the figure becomes almost double when Xaverians living in India are taken into account.
Felix Raj said opening more alumni chapters is part of the growth of the institute. It also serves to rekindle the Xaverian spirit and involve the alumni in the alma mater.
“Our alumni play an important role in the development of the institution both in terms of physical expansion as well as academic growth,” said Felix Raj. “Many of our alumni are visiting professors in various departments. They are also part of the board of studies of the college,” said Felix Raj.
The 10-member Xaverian team, including Felix Raj and Hasan, who are going for the opening of the chapter will also stop over at New York to meet alumni settled in the area.
“They are very keen to discuss the college’s future and the expansion project,” said Hasan.