The 140th year celebrations of St. Xavier’s College drew to a close with a Grand Finale Alumni Dinner on Sunday, the 3rd of January, 2010 in the College Heritage Quadrangle.
The College honoured several eminent alumni: Soli Sorabjee, Rajdeep Sardesai, Vidya Balan, Anu Aga, Subir Gokarn, Dr. Milind Kirtane, Faroukh Sheikh, Ameen Sayani, Lt. Gen. Francis Dias, Dr. Armaity Desai, JPC Himanshu Kumar, Shaheen Mistri, and Walter Vieira, who have made a mark in their respective fields. There was a special welcome to those who left college in 1949, 1959 and 1984: platinum, golden and silver jubilarians. There was also a chance to meet former Principals, Faculty and Alumni from batches across the years.
At the Dinner, the College launched a Commemorative Book which captures the Spirit of St. Xavier’s and helps alumni to relive their memories. Written by alumna Shabnam Minwalla and designed by faculty member David de Souza, it has photographs of all the educational resources the College treasures. The book is available at a price of Rs 3000/- (shipping charges are an extra Rs 200 for domestic and Rs 1500 for international) at the College XDP office on the first floor on working days.
This was preceded by a live dramatic presentation of the Commemorative Volume . Readings selected by Shabnam, the author herself, were dramatically read by eminent alumni Alyque Padamsee, Vidya Balan, Partap Sharma, Ameen Sayani, Roma Pereira Talwar, Brian Almeida and Gerson Da Cunha, perched on first floor windows of the heritage buildings surrounding the quadrangle. There were also solos by alumni Taufiq Qureshi, Pankaj Udhas, Gary Lawyer and Fiona Miranda, and of course, selections from recent Malhar performances. The evening’s programme has been directed by Cyrus Bharucha, with sound and lighting by Roger Drego and settings and video by Showbiz.
As St. Xavier’s College approaches a new chapter in its history – REACHING FOR ACADEMIC AUTONOMY from the University of Mumbai, with the freedom to design its own courses, set its own syllabi and have its own continuous evaluation system, the College invited alumni back to campus, to join in taking the tradition of excellence forward. There is much that alumni can contribute to the quality of education on campus by sharing with the College their expertise, helping it gain international resources and by funding infrastructure and processes.