It is, indeed, a matter of great jubilation to note that our institution is
entering into the 50th year of its existence. All efforts will be geared to
celebrate the Golden Jubilee, first and foremost, to thank God for his abundant
blessings in guiding the institution, in general, and the staff and students
along with the management and those at the helm of affairs, in particular.
during this span of time. For “If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do
its builders labour.”
Founded by the Archdiocese of Goa in June 1963, St. Xavier’s started functioning
in the premises of the Franselian Institution at Bastora from where it was
subsequently shifted to Mapusa hillock in 1968, where we have been working till
Though, initially, it conducted Arts and Science Streams, in due course of time
Commerce Stream and other programmes in Management, Computer Education as well
as Post - Graduate Courses were added. Today, St. Xavier's is a multi - faculty
college drawing students from across the state and even from other parts of the
country as well as from Asia and Africa.
As the celebration of the Golden Jubilee takes off in this new academic year
2012-2013, every one of us must feel privileged and honoured enough to be a part
of the great event, in particular, the freshers. I extend a warm welcome to the
new comers as well as seniors with a hope that the Jubilee year will usher in
new vistas for all the stakeholders to grow and glow.
In this 21st century, the education scenario is changing by leaps and bounds.
Experimentation seems to dominate the zone of the education leading to
uniformisation and internalisation of the educational system. The situation is
such that true education has taken a back seat under the guise of globalisation
and liberalisation. The ills of education seem to outweigh the good of education
with the decline in the standards of the entire system of education.
The present times, marked by a chaotic situation, cut - throat competition and
insensitivity towards others, demand rethinking on how best education can
contribute for a peaceful coexistence of all.
No one can deny the pivotal role education has to play in this century to bring
about the much desired catharsis of our society plagued by violence, hatred,
anger, frustration, lawlessness and uncaring feeling for others.
Elaborating on the meaning of “Universitas” (University), Pope Benedict XVI
defined it as “The experience of professors and students who together seek the
truth in the field of knowledge.” Further, quoting Alfonso X the wise, he upheld
that University is a “Counsel of masters and students with the will and
understanding needed to master the various disciplines.”
Regrettably, today, there is a paradigm shift in the whole process of education.
What was once upon a time considered as a vocation or a mission, today the
entire focus is to meet the demand of labour in the market, without giving due
attention to the character and spirit formation of the individuals. As
understood rightly, teaching is not just transmitting knowledge but, more
importantly, forming and transforming young people. Ability to inspire and
motivate them is demanded of every educator.
At a one - day national workshop on ‘Trends in higher education: problems and
prospects’, it was pointed out that market - oriented courses have taken a lead
over liberal arts and basic sciences in which there is a decline in enrolment,
thus lamenting that such a trend is undesirable and dangerous to society. It is
further regretted, the speakers observed, that the new trend impedes holistic
growth of students who are lured by - 2 - - 3 - high pay slabs. Such a situation
has created a panic as one wonders where higher education will lead us to.
We are convinced that all the teachers and parents have a major role to play and
need to make synergistic efforts to consolidate the educational system with only
one motive, namely, to seek satyam, shivam and sundaram.
St. Xavier's, all along its journey, has striven towards excellence with the
collaboration of all the concerned, namely faculty, non- teaching staff,
parents, students and well- wishers, to each one of whom we convey our sincere
and profound appreciation with an ardent hope that they will ever continue to
support and stand by the institution which they cherish so much.
Keeping in line with our mission and vision, St. Xavier's will never ever fail
to share learning with humanity for a very human cause to transform citizens as:
“Tall people, sun crowned
People whom lust of office does not kill
People whom the spoils of offices cannot buy
People who possess opinions and a will
People who have honour and will not lie
But who will live above the fog In public duty and private thought.”
As we are on the threshold of the Golden Jubilee of our much revered
institution, in all humility, I say, “For all that has been, 'thanks'. To all
that will be, 'Yes'.”
Wishing one and all a fruitful academic - jubilee year 2012-2013.