XAVIER BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN INDIA
XAVIER BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN INDIA, (XBHEI), is the only association of all the Catholic Institutions of Higher Education in India. It is officially recognized by the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India(CBCI) and functions in collaboration with the CBCI Commission for Education and Culture. It is the Indian organ to represent the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU / FIUC) with headquarters in Paris. It stands for Gospel values, Excellence and Leadership through higher education in India. Its national office is in Bangalore: Xavier Board National Office, 31 Primrose Road, Bangalore 560 025.
VISION & MISSION
The Church in India has invested her best talents and resources in higher education to continue the mission of Jesus Christ who commanded to “Go and Teach all nations” (Mt.28,20). In our educational ministry, both as individual institutions and as members of a corporate body such as Xavier Board, we try to build inclusive human communities for the re-generation of India and its people, through our share in nation building and national resource development. All our educational institutions and the committed personnel are the Church’s contribution to national development..
The Xavier Board wishes to foster institutions of excellence in academic sphere, acceptance of value systems, access to the poor and the arginalized, autonomy in administration and management, possibly leading to autonomous institutions and Universities.
The member institutions will initiate ways and means such as community contribution services of Parent Teacher and Alumni associations, endowments, sponsorships, scholarships, exchange and twinning programmes….
For Colleges: Sr. Hedwige’s Award is given annually to a college which strives to bring Christ to the campus through various programmes and the award is decided based on the Annual Report submitted by the member college before 31st of March every year.
For Students: A National level Essay Writing Competition is held every year on a relevant topic and the best 2 essays are chosen for the first and second prize.
From the Academic Year 2016 – 2017, the Essay Competition for students has been replaced by a competition based on presentation of case studies and practices on environmental issues and interventions.
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NEWS & EVENTS
The objectives of XBHEI are to:
promote and safeguard the interests of Catholic institutions of Higher Education in India.
help institutions in the spiritual, religious and general education of staff and students by undertaking and/or promoting training programmes, refresher courses, research, etc.
co-ordinate the activities of the member institutions at the national or regional level to bring about greater unity and effectiveness.
represent the special interests of the institutions before the Government, Judiciary, University, UGC, NAAC, NCTE, AICTE, and other related bodies in academic matters and also to ensure the rights of Minorities.
encourage the institutions to make higher education available to the poor and marginalized especially of rural India.
Rev. Fr. JEROME D’ SOUZA, SJ Indian (1897 – 1977). Jerome was the second of four brothers and one sister who was the youngest. From his earliest years “Jerome was the most alert and intelligent (of the children), but also the most difficult to bring up,” as his Apostolic sister Carmelite would testify. In school Jerome was not studious, but very intelligent and from a very young age, a voracious reader. He had a strong aversion to strict discipline and was unpredictable in his ways and behavior, and ever ready for mischief and adventure. He was extraordinarily lively and friendly, and had a remarkable ability to make friends. Jerome showed an astounding flavor for languages. In his youth he could speak seven: Konkani, Marathi, Tulu, Hindi, Urdu, Kannada and English. Later on he learnt Tamil and number of European languages.
After Jerome finished his studies in the local school, he went to St. Aloysius College, Mangalore. From there he went to St. Joseph’s Tiruchirapalli, and finally to the presidency college, Chennai, ….