The Jesuit tradition of education in India began in 1542 when St. Francis Xavier, one of the founding members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit Organisation), reached Goa. Today the Jesuits in India have more than 295 High Schools, 63 colleges, 15 Management Institutes, 22 Technical Institutes and 2 universities which engage approximately 11,225 teachers educating more than 3,24,500 students in India belonging to every social class, community and linguistic group.
Some of the well-known Jesuit Institutions of higher education in India are Loyola College (Chennai), St. Xavier’s College (Kolkata), St. Xavier’s College (Mumbai), St. Xavier’s College (Ranchi), St. Xavier’s College (Ahmadabad), Loyola College (Vijayawada), St. Joseph’s College (Tiruchirapally), St. Joseph’s College (Bangalore), St. Joseph’s College (Darjeeling), etc., apart from two universities: St. Xavier’s University (Kolkata) and Xavier University (Bhubaneswar).
Although the Jesuits in India run some well-known B-Schools (e.g. XLRI-Jamshedpur, XIM Bhubaneshwar, LIBA-Chennai, etc) and in recent years have also opened one Law College (Bengaluru) and one Engineering College (Chennai), the ultimate goal of all these institutions has been the all-round development of their students. Such students, after having graduated from any Jesuit institution, are called upon to become a support system for others, especially for the underprivileged and marginalized sections of the society.