23 July 2015
St. Xavier's College, Calcutta 12.4.1985
In November 1859 a small band of seven Belgian Jesuits landed in Calcutta and under the leadership of Fr. H. Depelchin, started their educational activities on 16th January 1860, in a building at 10 Park Street, which since 1840 had been the famous Sana Souci Theatre.
These were very humble beginnings, with only about 40 students spread over three classes. Two years later in 1862, the college was affiliated to the Calcutta University. Amongst the many alumni of its existence, St. Xavier's can boast of some of its pupils who became world famous in later years. Men of great wisdom, intellect and scholarships have passed through the portals of the college. Notable amongst the luminaries are Rabindranath Tagore & Jagdish Chandra Basu.