St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai, which is one of the most renowned institutions in the country, has announced that it's planning for a year-long celebration to mark the completion of 150 years of the institution. Several Prestigious alumni gathered in the campus on October 4, to address a press conference announcing the celebration that will begin on 29th December 2018. The event will be followed by a fundraising dinner on January 3rd, that will be attended by the President of India.
The institution states that the celebrations aim to reconnect generations of St. Xavier's Alumni, to create an opportunity to rekindle old ties unique to those who once were the heart and soul of this illustrious institution. The College authorities urged alumni to come forward and contribute generously to the college’s heritage conservation and endowment funds. They said that they are expecting over 2000 alumni from all over the world for the event.
The press conference was led by several prestigious alumni including Anu Aga, ex-chairperson of Thermax Ltd; Dr. Swati Piramal, vice-chairperson and director of Piramal Enterprises and one of India’s leading scientists; Ashish Bhasin, chairman and CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network and a globally recognized media veteran; Josy Paul, founder and chairman of BBDO India; Sabbas Joseph, the founder and director of Wizcraft; Shaina N.C., spokesperson for BJP in Maharashtra; Amrita Raichand, popular television actress; and Aditya Thackeray, the President of Yuva Sena, the youth wing of Shiv Sena. Looking back down the memory lane, they talked how the college has influenced to transform their lives.
Fr. Roy Pereira, Director, Xavier’s Development Program said, “We have always been pioneers when it comes to education, be it admitting women students, preserving tradition by teaching scripts such as Pali and Modi and trailblazing educational autonomy for colleges under Mumbai University. As the college completes 150 years, we aim to set the bar higher. We are setting up professorship chairs and expanding research in various faculties. The plan to establish ourselves as university involves creating funds and connecting people. Our students are our strength, and so I encourage alumni to lend their knowledge and be just enough so that we can renovate, maintain and expand facilities."
Dr Swati Piramal, who studied Botany at Xavier’s and is the vice-chairperson and director of Piramal Enterprises and one of India’s leading scientists, said, “My interest in Botany grew during the countless hours I spent in the Blatter Herbarium in Xavier’s. I want the college to conserve its architectural beauty and look even better as the year’s progress, this will require the expertise of heritage conservationists, architects and structural engineers and so I hope fellow alumni will come forward, add to the heritage fund, both monetarily and through their expertise.”
The institution also unveiled the logo and theme for the 150 years celebration during the press meet. The theme 'MADE OF XAVIER’S' represents the unique role and impact that Xavier’s has had in the life and growth of every Xavierite. The theme is the golden thread that will bind all the events across the year. A distinctive Xavier’s font, based on the signature arches of the college, was also launched to mark the occasion. Josy Paul, the creator of the theme said in a statement that
“Xavier’s is the special ingredient in all of us. It is what makes us a Xavierite. It’s our X-factor. Xavier’s is in our blood. We are made of Xavier’s”.