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THE JESUITS IN RAJASTHAN

The Jesuit mission to the north of India goes back to 1580. In the year 1579, Emperor Akbar invited the Jesuits from Goa to visit his court, mainly to get Catholic debaters for an interfaith forum held regularly in Akbar’s palace at Fatehpur Sikri. The first Jesuits, arrived at the Mughal court in 1580, and the Mughal Mission, which lasted with two interruptions till 1773, was in the initial stages directed by two accomplished missionaries in the Jesuit’s first century, Rudolfo Aquaviva (1550-83) and Fr. Jerome Xavier (1549-1617), the grandnephew of St. Francis Xavier.

Approximately a century and a half after their arrival at Fatehpur Sikri, the Jesuits made inroads into Rajasthan. They first came to Jaipur in 1729 at the invitation of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in order to help him set up an astronomical observatory known as Jantar Mantar at his then new capital of Jaipur.

The Jesuits came back to Jaipur in 1941, the 400th anniversary year of St. Francis Xavier’s arrival to India, at the invitation of the Bishop of Bishop and Mirza Ismail, the then prime minister of Jaipur. The bishop offered them St. Mary’s School at Ghat Gate, which was started in 1941 by Fr. Ignatius OFM, Captain under the patronage of the Bishop of Ajmer. Later, in 1945, the school was shifted to its present site under a new name—St. Xavier’s School. Ever since, the school has educated thousands of students who have exceled in life by holding key positions in every walk of life not only in Rajasthan but all over India and even abroad.

The Jaipur Xavier Educational Association (JXEA) was established in 1950, as a trust managed by the Jesuits. In 2006, Xavier Vocational College (XVI) was started in Jaipur to give vocational training to the economically weaker sections of society.

St Xavier’s College, Jaipur was established in 2010 and is affiliated to the University of Rajasthan. The College is approved under Section 2(f) and 12(B) of UGC Act, 1956 and a Christian Minority Jesuit Educational Institution under Section 2(g) of NCMEI Act.2004. The college aims to train young men and women who would grow up as creative leaders and responsible citizens, committed to the service of the people View more…

The admissions for the academic session 2021-22 for UG Courses – BBA, BCA, BA (Pass Course), BA(Honours)- English, Economics, Political Science and Psychology and PG Courses – MA (English), MA (Economics), MCom (EAFM) and MCom (HRM) are open for which the interested applicants may contact by mailing on admission@stxaviersjaipur.org or calling on 9828726366 or 9571077348. View more…

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