One of the Kolkata’s premier institutes of learning, St Xavier’s College, Wednesday laid out its “expansion” plans while indicating collaboration with other institutions in the country.
At an interactive session organised by the MCC Chamber of Commerce and Industry here, Father Dr Felix Raj, principal of the institute, spoke of the college’s two-phased plans to come up with new schools and newer courses.
“We have about 15-16 management institutes that we would like to work together with. If we set up a management institute here, we need to take inspiration and support from institutes that are more experienced, such as XLRI (in Jamshedpur),” Dr Raj said.
Along with the management school, which will come up at the institute’s new 17-acre campus in Rajarhat, St Xavier’s also intends to set up a research centre where various post-graduate courses will be offered.
In the next phase, plans are afoot to set up engineering colleges, although Dr Raj made it clear that the institute will take up all measures to ensure the involvement of the state government remains minimal.
“In 2012, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had suggested it (the CM had urged St Xavier’s then to explore if they could set up a medical college) but we didn’t want to become a private university that does not get any grant or aid from the government, and as a result, increases the fee. That is not our aim. It (the engineering college) will be established under a PPP model with the Jesuits controlling the administration with very limited participation of the state government,” Father Raj pointed out.
He also rued the students’ over-reliance on technology today which has resulted in less use of libraries.
“Students these days carry smart phones, tabs and laptops. They go to Google guru and not to the college gurus. Use of libraries has come down significantly. We have decided to open the college library for public use. We do not want it to become an archive of journals. We would like students, researchers and professors from anywhere to be able to access our facilities that we have in our library. Of course, it will be available to them only through a membership,” Father Raj said.