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Sans Souci Theatre at 30 Park Street (now Mother Teresa Sarani), Kolkata, was in a prime location in the emerging Calcutta city, a melting pot of diverse culture, social and intellectual milieu. During the height of the colonial rule, Sans Sousi was a famous social gathering place and also a hang out for the eligible European bachelors. Unfortunately a major fire mishap brought the entire building down in 1843. The site was bought by seven Belgian Jesuits with a view to starting an educational institution. The plot here where the famous theater San Souci had stood became the site of Xavier college and the present campus is functioning here.
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Upon seeing the ads, generous people in public responded magnanimously. Besides, Jesuit Father Henri Depelchin and his assistant Bro. Koppes, the architect of the new school, personally went around the city and sought donations and they got good response. The present, imposing, five-storied building cost whooping rupees 9 lakhs and took six long years - 1934 to 1940 to complete the work. It is quite interesting to note that part of the funds came from Belgium and through rentals by the US Army that occupied the building during the Second World War. New campus in Salt Lake City, Kolkata, is on the way, along with a second boys' hostel.
Goethals Library located above the College Chapel, is one of the useful libraries in Kolkata and it has some of the oldest periodicals, journals, and books that are useful for research scholars.Thanks to the Archbishop of Calcutta, Paul Goethals, S.J., who in 1908 donated these valuable, well=preserved treasures to the college. It was a milestone in the history of this college.
The univrsity offers countless couses in various subjects and has
collaboration with the University of Manitoba, Canada. St. Xavier's founded in 1860 by a Catholic Christian Minority Religious body, the Society of Jesus, with affliation to Calcutta University in 1862 to meet the educational and cultural needs of the Minority community then, now gives admission to all irrespective of caste, creed and nationality.