Additional Academic Facilities

Blatter Herbarium was started at the end of the 19th century. By 1918 a very large number of plants were gathered by Fr. E. Blatter, S.J., his associates and students. The Herbarium was named after Fr. Blatter in 1941. It contains the largest collection of plants in Western India.  It provides facilities for the study of Plant Systematics and has a well-stocked library on Systematic Botany. The Herbarium has received the Sir Ratan Tata Trust Grant for upgradation and digitization of the plant database. Dr. Rajendra Shinde is the present Director.

Caius Laboratory for Inter-Disciplinary Research (1947) was established to carry out drug research and was named after Fr. J. F. Caius, S.J. It was restructured and equipped with new instruments. It functions as a research and coordination centre for all the Science Departments. In this Lab a strain of Streptomyces was identified. It has been supported by grants from industry and from UGC, UNDP, et al. Dr. Priya Sundarrajan is the Director.

Central Instrumentation Facility (C.I.F.) (2006): This is a facility with sophisticated equipment acquired mainly through a DST-FIST Grant and UGC’s ‘College of Excellence Scheme’. It is a part of the Caius Research Laboratory.

Heras Institute of Indian History and Culture (1926): Initially, it was called the Indian Historical Research Institute, by Fr. Henry Heras, S.J., and on his death in 1955, it was renamed after him. The Heras Institute, with its well-stocked Research Library and Museum, provides guidance and facilities for Post-Graduate research in Ancient, Medieval & Modern Indian History, Indian Art & Literature, Indian Religions & Culture. Its Research Journal is called INDICA (since 1964).  The current Director is Dr. Joan Dias.

Nadkarny – Sacasa Research Laboratory (1972): It provides modern research facilities in Chemistry and connects research with industry. It can support 20 Post-Graduate research students in Chemistry and has produced several doctorates. Dr. (Fr.) Roy Pereira S.J. is the current Director.

Xavier’s Visual Arts Studio (2014): It is equipped with professional quality digital cameras (still and moving), lighting equipment and an A.V. editing set up. This facility is open to all our College students. Students from the Arts & Science faculties use this studio to enhance their course projects with the basic techniques of visual presentation. The Mass Media Department of the College is in-charge this studio.

St. Xavier’s Language Laboratory is equipped with the latest in Language Acquisition Technology. It caters to both new and advanced learners in English, Hindi, French and Marathi.

Ms. Rashmi Mehta is currently the Facility-in-Charge.

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