St. Xavier's College, Mapusa, Goa

St. Xavier's College, Mapusa, Goa

St. Xavier's College, Mapusa, Goa

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St. Xavier's is a college located in the North Goan town of Mapusa (also spelt as Mapuca, Mhapsa or Mapsa). It is the largest and oldest college north of the Mandovi River in Goa, a state along the west coast of India. Its current principal isDr. Fr. Walter de Sá, who joined in the year 2008.The college is accredited by the NAAC with a grade of A and as a college with the "potential for excellence".

History

This college was set up in 1963, soon after the end of Portuguese rule in Goa, when the new administration undertook an expansion of higher education in the region.

According to the , the idea of a Catholic college was "conceived by the veteran educationalist Msgr. Filip Mendonsa the then principal of St. Joseph High School Arpora". It was favourably received by the then archbishop patriarch, D.Jose Viera Alvernaz.

Initially, a vacated high school building in Bastora, a village located a few kilometers from Mapusa town, served as a provisional arrangement for a modest beginning.

Fr. Antonio Ataide Lobo, the then secretary of the diocesan secretariat for schools, is credited with having "played a very vital role and was instrumental in giving a facelift to the old premise". In those days, there was no diocesan priest who satisfied the requirements of the University of Bombay to act as principal.

Then Bishop Rebello approached the Provincial of the Jesuits, who placed two priests -- Fr. Edward D'Cruz and Fr Fonseca at the disposal of the...
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