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Flashback time for Xaverians

The 6th convocation and valedictory function

The St. Xavier’s College campus is now a flurry of activity. On the field, a stage is being constructed. In Room No 5, intense meetings are being held and passes being organised.

“This is one of the busiest times of the year for us,” said Firdausul Hasan, the honorary secretary of the St. Xavier’s College Calcutta Alumni Association (SXCCAA).

First up is Sangam, the annual reunion dinner, organised by the SXCCAA in association with The Telegraph on January 18.

Sangam is going retro this year with the theme “Those were the best days of my life”.

The band You & I by Xaverians Sourendro and Soumyojit will perform retro Bollywood songs. Even the dress code is retro.

“The backdrop of the stage that we have created for the evening is a montage of the college as it looked like in the past, what it looks like now and what it would look like in the future — that is the Rajarhat campus,” said Hasan.

There will be a special celebration for the batch of 1989 who will complete their 25th year. The chief guest for the occasion will be minister Firhad Hakim. Gyan Chakraborty, a professor of the BCom (Morning) department and an alumni who retired this month, will be felicitated at the event.

“The reunion is a great way to bring together the alumni of the college and to rejuvenate the connection between them and their alma mater. It will start off the festivities for the year,” said Father Felix Raj, the principal of the college and the president of SXCCAA.

7TH CONVOCATION AND VALEDICTORY

The college will hold its annual convocation on January 16. The chief guest for the occasion is Samir Brahmachari, former director general of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Degrees will be conferred to 1,937 undergraduate, postgraduate and B.Ed students.

The Nihil Ultra Award will be given to Amit Kumar Ghosh, a retired professor of St. Xavier’s College, for his contribution to the field of statistics.

EDMUNDIANS’ ANNUAL ALUMNI MEET

What: Calcutta Alumni of St. Edmund’s School, Shillong, present Annual Alumni Meet supported by The Telegraph
Where: Tollygunge Club, The Ffort Raichak and CC&FC
When: January 17 and 18
What to expect:
SES for St. Edmund’s,

Leaders in every field.
Cheer boys, Cheer, St. Edmund’s, Heroes who never yield....

The strains of the school anthem will ring out loud and clear in Calcutta as ex-students of St. Edmund’s School, Shillong, get together for the Annual Alumni Meet this weekend. Around 270 ex-students of the school and guests will attend the meet. The nostalgia table will be set on January 17 for a meet and greet dinner at Tollygunge Club. January 18 will be a busy day for Edmundians, as they travel together to The Ffort Raichak by bus. They will enjoy a Baul recital at Sonar Tori, organised by actor and old boy Victor Banerjee, and then enjoy a sumptuous lunch. The old boys will be back in the city by evening for a formal dinner at CC&FC from 7pm onwards with a live musical performance. The two-day affair is also being supported by Ambuja Neotia, Globally Managed Services along with Medica Superspecialty Hospital.

Organiser speak: “Students from across the world and different parts of India are coming to attend this function. With the St. Edmund’s School Alumni approaching its centenary next year this is a kind of pre-centenary alumni gathering,” said Ranjit Das, president, Calcutta Alumni of St. Edmund’s School, Shillong.