Indian Jesuits open their first university

The move for the university began four years ago and it costs some 400 million rupees (some US$7 million).

July 25 2014, 9:24 AM
Indian Jesuits open their first university
The opening of the university

Indian Jesuits formally opened their first university in the capital of eastern Odisha state with its chief minister thanking the Jesuits for choosing his state to establish it.

The Xavier University (XU) opened on July 7 is also the Odisha's first Catholic university and the fourth Catholic university in India. 

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while addressing that wished that the new venture become a center of academic excellence and teach sound ethical values.

The university was established after the State Legislative Assembly passed Xavier University in Odisha bill on April 5, 2013 and it received the Governor's approval on May 9, 2013. The law provides for the establishment and construction of a private university.

University vice chancellor Jesuit Father Paul Fernandes said Jesuits want to make the new move "innovative, research-driven and open to all."

Jesuits already run a noted management school in the city. "We hope this university will make a contribution not only to management but also to all fields of human endeavor striving to contribute to the building up of a new society by transforming the face of the earth," he said,

The move for the university, which is now spread over 35 acres in Kurki, 12 kilometers from Bhubaneswar began four years ago and its costs some 400 million rupees (some US$7 million).