The Society of Jesus,
a Christian Religious Order founded by St. Ignatius of
Loyola in 1540, has been active in the field of
education throughout the world since its origin.
In India, the Society of Jesus is at present
responsible for more than 110 High Schools, 23
University Colleges, 14 Technical Institutes and 5
other Institutes in which over 1,15,000 young people
belonging to every religion, social class, community and
linguistic group are being educated through the medium
of English and different regional languages. These
institutions are part of the Catholic Church’s effort
to share in the country’s educational undertaking.
This effort while being particularly responsible
towards the Christian community has always been at the
service of the whole nation.
In the world the Society of Jesus is responsible for
over 1865 Educational Institutions in 65 countries.
These Jesuit Educational Institutions engage the
efforts of approximately 98,000 teachers, who educate
approximately 17, 92,000 students.
Jesuit education is inspired by a vision of man drawn
from the life and teaching of Jesus Christ who has
always been respected and admired by the people of
India. It is also based on the principles of
character-formation elaborated by Ignatius of Loyola.
This vision and these principles give the Jesuit
pupils high ideals of humanism and service, towards
which they are invited continually to strive.
St. Xavier’s School
Doranda, Ranchi, is named after St. Francis Xavier, a
Jesuit saint of the 16th Century who travelled to India.
It was founded in 1960 and is managed by the Fathers of the
Society of Jesus popularly known as Jesuits. It is
affiliated to the Council for the Indian School
Certificate Examination, New Delhi. It prepares students
for the ICSE (10th - only boys) and ISC (12th – Co-ed)
examinations conducted by the Council.
The Plus Two section was flagged off to a flying start by
Fr. James Lakra, S.J. & Fr. Ajit Kr. Xess, S.J. in 2001.
The first chief co-coordinator to implement their vision
was the late Mr. Hira Prasad, one of the founder teachers
of St. Xavier’s School, Doranda. Now the School conducts
classes for Plus Two in Science and Commerce streams.
The management of the School is vested in the Ranchi
Jesuit Society. The President of the Governing Body is
Rev. Fr. Provincial of the Ranchi Jesuit Province.
The School is intended primarily for the education of
Catholic boys, particularly of the Tribal Community.
However, with due regard to the strength of each class and
the academic ability of the pupil, students of all
religious persuasions are admitted, without any
interference with their respective creeds. The School
makes a preferential option for the marginalized and seeks
to give an all-round formation, inculcating both human and
The school follows a new and outstanding curriculum with
expert faculty members to unravel the joys of learning.
Innovative methods, based on the Integral Pedagogical
Paradigm cater to both the intellectual and affective
dimensions conducive to overall moral, religious and
aesthetic aspects of growth - an integrated approach to
harmonize all the elements required for the formation of
fine human beings.
The School aims at forming young men and women of
competence commitment, compassion and of conscience.
It aims at the integral personal information of the young.
To accomplish this, special efforts are made;
To help pupils become
mature, spiritually oriented men of character;
To encourage them
continually to strive after excellence in every field;
To value and judiciously
use their freedom;
To be clear and firm on
principles and courageous in action;
To be unselfish in the
service of their fellow men and women;
To become agents of
needed social change in their country.
St. Xavier’ School, Doranda, thus aims at making its contribution towards a
radical transformation of present day social conditions,
so that the principles of social justice, equality of
opportunity, genuine freedom, respect for religious and
moral values enshrined in the Constitutions of India may
prevail and the possibility of giving a fully human
existence may be open before all.
The School Crest
represents the totality or wholeness of Jesuit Education.
The blue lines represent the water of the river, which
once flowed by side of the school. The red squares signify
one’s endeavour to reach goals, step by step, by
cultivating virtues such as self reverence, self knowledge
and self control.
The motto is a two word Sanskrit equivalent to Virgil’s
“Labor Omnia Vincit improbus’. It literally means “No
ideal shall be denied to inflexible striving” or “strive
manfully to excel.”
The three letters IHS is a monogram of the name Jesus and
its full form is Jesus Hominum Salvator, meaning Jesus,
Saviour of men.
The circle in which the letters are engraved represents
the sun, the source of light and heat, which symbolizes
truth and love, the underlying principles to achieve the
The four colours of the school flag – Red, Blue, Green and
yellow – representing the four Houses into which the whole
school is divided, also find a place in the school crest
as these colours denote the achievements of the mind,
prowess in sport and physical fitness, integrity and
nobility of character.
Composition by Fr. Victor Tucker echoes though the campus
even today, awakening within the students feeling of
loyalty and love for their Alma Mater
Stand up all ye Xaverians,
Let’s praise our Alma Mater
Sing to our dear school now and for always.
Let’s strive for manly virtues,
Smiling when duty calls us,
Ready to serve another,
Now and for aye
Xavier, a gallant name,
Xavier, Doranda’s fame,
Long may your glory, everywhere be spread,
School of our High endeavor,
School by the shining River,
School of our hearts forever,
School of the brave.