|ST. XAVIER'S COLLEGE|
Established in I860, this college was built on the ruins of the San Souci Theatre at 30 Park Street. Some 150 years later, the college that started with 40 students is now an autonomous institution and rapidly expanding both in terms of infrastructure and courses.
ASTRONOMY LAB AND THE TELESCOPE
Where: Fourth floor of the main building.
Why: It is steeped in history The large dome-shaped observatory was installed by Father Eugene Lafont in 1875. A lot of research related to astrophysics is conducted here. The college has recently joined hands with the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune to renovate the observatory.
Where: To the right of the main gate.
Why: Stages are believed to be enchanted spaces. Over the decades, personalities from Jyoti Basu to Vijay Mallya have spoken from the podium on the stage. Actors like Utpal Dutt, Anil Chatterjee, Victor Banerjee and Prosenjit — all of them Xaverians — may have taken first steps into their profession in this very auditorium.
Where: Near the back gate of the college.
Why: The Green Benches are an inseparable part of campus life and college lore. Such was its popularity that it was reinstated by the college authorities in 2010, three years after it was dismantled to make way for a new construction. It is the place where students brainstorm, discuss assignments and film projects, organise impromptu jamming sessions and fall in love. Xaverians cannot think of their college without its Green Benches.
Where: On the second floor of the main building. Why: The library is a treasure trove, housing very old and very rare documents donated by provincial governments and European missionaries over the past one-and-a-half centuries, along with the latest books and journals. It has a collection of over 63,000 titles. This air-conditioned room has an Internet lab and most of the books have been digitised.
Source: The Telegraph t2 AUG 19, 2011 page 12