Welcome to St. Xavier’s Colleges, Patna, centre for quality education, life-oriented, affordable and professional higher education. When you join St. Xavier’s Colleges, Patna, you automatically become an integral part of the world wide network of highly reputed educational institutions established and managed by the Society of Jesus. The members of the Society of Jesus are known as Jesuits.
St. Xavier’s Colleges are managed by the members of Patna Province of the Society of Jesus, known as Patna Jesuits. The Society of Jesus founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1540, has been active in the field of education throughout the world since its inception. In the world Jesuits are responsible for over 1865 educational institutions in 71 countries. These educational institutions engage roughly 1 lakh collaborators and educate approximately 18 lakh students.
In India alone the Jesuits are at present responsible for 153 high schools like St. Michael’s and St. Xavier’s in Patna, 38 colleges like St. Xavier’s Kolkata, Ranchi, Mumbai and 22 Technical Institutions. Besides, the Jesuits have 5 Social Institutes, 11 management Institutes like XLRI Jamshedpur, XIM Bhubhaneshwar, XISS Ranchi, 6 Centres of Scientific Research in disciplines like History, Botany and Zoology, 5 Dialogue Centres to promote communal harmony and collaboration, and innumerable programmes of Adult and Non-formal Education. In all these, and a variety of other fields of activity, over 4100 Jesuits and their 10,000 collaborators from all religions and ethnic backgrounds shape and mould the lives of over 3 lakh young people belonging to every social class, community and linguistic group through the medium of English and several regional languages.
Jesuit education is inspired by a vision of the human person drawn from the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, who has always been respected and admired by the people of India. It is also based on the principles of pedagogy elaborated by St. Ignatius of Loyola. This vision and these principles give Jesuit educational institutions a specific character and set before their staff and students high ideals of humanism and service towards which they are invited to strive continually.
As Jesuit educators, our strong concern and effort is to aid the development of the WHOLE PERSON so as to be fully human, fully Indian and truly modern, open to God and to all people.