St. Xavier's College, Jaipur
St. Francis Xavier, whose name the college bears, was a 16th century Spanish Jesuit saint who preached the good news of Jesus Christ along the coastline of India and in other Asian countries. Though he died in 1552, at the age of 44, on the island of Sancian at the threshold of China, his immortal spirit, the spirit of a saint and of a scholar, continues to inspire his spiritual brothers, the Jesuits. The numerous institutions bearing his name are attempts to amplify and carry on his legacy. They continue to do the work that St. Xavier wanted to do to promote human fulfilment by means of training and education in India.
The institutions named after St. Xavier (Schools, Colleges and Vocational Training Institutes) tell a story of great achievements. These achievements are produced by the toils of many selfless and dedicated Jesuits from India and abroad, who, follow the motto of the founder of the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius, work for the “the greater glory of God” (Ad majorem dei gloriam). St. Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus to assist people to attain salvation. The Jesuits visualized education as one of the means to achieve this goal and therefore build a large network of educational institutions.
Following the global trend, St. Francis Xavier, after his arrival in India in 1542, established St. Paul’s College at Goa, the first Jesuit educational institution in India. In 1942, at the 400th anniversary of St. Xavier’s arrival in India, the Jesuits, at the request of the Ajmer Bishop and Mirza Ismail, the then Prime Minister of Jaipur, took charge of St. Mary’s School, Ghat Gate, Jaipur, founded by the Capuchin Missionaries a year earlier. The establishment was shifted to the present site in 1945 and was named St. Xavier’s School, Jaipur. Since then, the school has trained thousands of students who are holding key positions in every walk of life in Rajasthan, India and abroad.
The Jaipur Xavier Educational Association (J.X.E.A.) was established in 1950, as a registered charitable society managed by the Jesuits. In 2006, the Xavier Vocational Institute (X.V.I.) was set up in Jaipur to give vocational training to the weaker sections of society. In 2010, the J.X.E.A. in collaboration with the Xavier Alumni/ae and the well-wishers of Jaipur under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Varkey Perekkatt, S.J., initiated a Higher Education Programme by establishing St. Xavier’s College, Jaipur.