JAAI West Events

News from JAAI West Zone posted by members themselves

JAAI Alumni Exchange to Spain 2012

JAAI Alumni Exchange team to Spain along with Naresh Gupta (JAAI President), Sidartha Dudhoria (Mentor of AEP) & Anindya Tarafder (co-convener). The team leaves for Spain on 11th April 2012.

APX Volleyball Night

The Association of Past Xavierites ( APX ) , the Alumni Association of the St.Xaviers High School Loyola Hall Ahmedabad hosted a Volleyball Tournament on Sunday 19th on the school grounds. 9 teams participated in this tournament, some of the best players from Gujarat as well as some national Volleyball players were seen in action. The matches started from 2pm and the final was played at 9pm, an entire day of quality volleyball. Prizes and trophies were handed out and we had good crowds during the entire duration of the tournament.  APX finished 3rd, quite an achievement with so many top teams and players in the fray.

Prior to this, on Saturday 18th, we had APX members practice hard to prepare for this tournament from 8pm till midnight. Volleyball is a daily feature on the school grounds and APX members play everyday along with the school players.

Applicatio​n form for Spanish A.E.P. in April 2012


The Spanish Alumni Exchange Program (AEP) is a feather in JAAI cap and we are pleased to inform that the Second JAAI group is expected to visit Spain in April/May 2012. As of now we have confirmations from 6 alumni members.
We request alumni/ae members to take part in this unique programme. Please find enclosed the application form. In case of any querries, please revert back.
With Regards,
Naresh Gupta

Government Interference in Christian Minority Educational Institutions

At Jaipur JAAI Governing Council Meeting held on 5th Feb 2012, it was discussed and decided that

Four Jesuit Alumni Win Padmas 2012

"We are proud to announce that FOUR of our Alumni have been honoured with the Country's Padma Awards:

  • Mario de Miranda - Art-Cartoonist – Goa: PADMA VIBHUSHAN
  • Shabana Azmi - Art – Cinema – Maharashtra: PADMA BHUSHAN
  • Dr. Jose Pereira - Literature and Education – USA: PADMA BHUSHAN
  • Dr. Swati A. Piramal - Trade and Industry – Maharashtra:PADMA SHRI


Mario de Miranda - Art-Cartoonist – Goa: PADMA VIBHUSHAN

APX Republic Day cricket

Republic Day 2012 began with flag hoisting.

This was followed by a T-20 cricket match between the alumni of APX (Association of Past Xavierites, St.Xaviers High School Loyola Hall Ahmedabad) and H.L. College of Commerce. a leading commerce college in Ahmedabad.This is an annual event for the teams and this was the 5th year running, APX leads the series 3-2. The matches are played alternately at St.Xaviers and H.L. College grounds.Hundreds of supporters from both Associations and Institutes support and enjoy these matches. Refreshments and Lunch are served during the match.


Fr. Lawrence Abello, S.J., renowned professor, inventor and a devout companion of Mother Teresa passed away on January 22, 2012 at St Xavier's College, Kolkata, India.

Born in Leuven, Saskatchewan, Fr. Abello graduated from Campion College High School in 1949. He joined the Jesuits in 1956; he volunteered for the Darjeeling Mission, and took his final vows in 1974.

He taught philosophy in India, earned a Ph.D. in physics from Wayne State University, Detroit, and held two patents for his inventions.

Fr. Abello was a champion of the unborn, immersed himself in the service of the poor and guided many who chose to work with the poor in Kolkata.