JAAI West Events

News from JAAI West Zone posted by members themselves

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.

APX annual dinner

APX (Association of Past Xavierites, St.Xaviers High School Loyola Hall Ahmedabad) hosted its annual dinner on Saturday 21st January 2012. The evening started with a musical program at 6.30pm and the crowds were enthralled to a song and mimicry program till 8.30, dinner was served then, and over 275 people enjoyed the evening.

The school staff and management were all invited by the APX. APX members, Staff and Management were all present and this program is a bonding between all the special people who are the pillars of the Institute. All present had a wonderful time and were briefed about the JAAI happenings and hierarchy and the upcoming West Zone Congress in Mumbai.

Bond of Boys 2012 Cricket School V Alumni

The Bond of Boys Alumni V School cricket match was filled with thrills and aching alumni bodies. The first match played with the school Under 16 boys was a thriller. A last ball four hit by Denzil Rego ended the very close match.

The second match involved the School Under 12 boys and alumni. The little Under 12's literally made alumni run around and won the match

All had a great time and it was great fun interacting with the young kids of our school. Thanks to alumnus Farookh Munsiff and his able team of volunteers who conducted the matche


Bond of Boys 2012 Reunion night

Bond of Boys 2012 Reunion night was held on 15 January 2012 on the School's Backyard lawns. Alumni from across the years assembled met each other and had a great time. Melville D'souza from Class of 1941 was the oldest alumnus present along with Dr Keki Gharda (Class of 1944).

The logo for the Sesquicentenary celebrations (150 years ) of our school was unvield. The logo was designed by Master Prajwal Bhagat of Class VI D and winner of the logo competition. 

Alumnus Gautam Patil was presented the School flag by our Principal Fr. Jude Fernandes SJ for his expedition to Mt. Everest in April 2012. All present wished Gautam well for his expedition.



Dinner Nite - The Ex-Xaverites Association Surat (TEXAS)

Date : 28-12-2011.
Venue : St. Xavier’s H. School  Surat.
Chief Guest :  Mr. Parth Parikh (Superintendent Customs & Central Excise)
Total No of attendance : Approx 350 people.
Slide show of round the year activities of TEXAS
Talent Hunt organised for the Kids of TEXAS members.
New members from 12th standard were welcomed  in TEXAS.
Members were invited to join TEXAS on facebook.
A rock show was organised.
Many members participated and enjoyed. 

TOXA Nite 2011 - St.Xavier's College Alumni Cultural Evening

The Old Xavierite Association first started with TOXA Nite in 2009, with an aim to provide platform for alumni to perform at college, the same way the did it during the college culfest in their tenure. The audience would be none other than their classmates, batchmates, seniors, juniors, teachers, college staff and their families. With this motive, TOXA Nite 2011 was organized on Christmas eve, which saw more than 30 alumnis who were auditioned, and finally 18 got to perform that evening.

The highlight of evening was Retired Prof. Varis Alvi's play "Neerav Chandi Nu Ghuvad" which was once amongst the favorite play of Xavierites, return after a gap of 20 years. The participation was made by people from batch of 1960's to the recent ones. The cultural evening was graced by more than 500 Ex-Xavierites across the batches. The main performances were singing, dances, mimicry, band play, followed by a Christmas carol before each bid farewell.