MISSION STATEMENT“St. Xavier’s Umoid a Catholic Jesuit institution inspired by Ignatian spirituality and committed to Jesuit pedagogy. It strives to educate persons to search for truth, to think critically, to live honestly, to communicate effectively, and to serve discerningly and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good.”
As CATHOLIC, St. Xavier’s is committed to the pursuit of truth and is guided by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. It comes under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Nongstoin. In all its policies, St. Xavier’s upholds the teachings, doctrine and guidelines of the Catholic Church.
As JESUIT, St. Xavier’s has Ignatian spirituality at its very core and an educational methodology, better known as the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm is espoused. It seeks to educate persons toward creating a more just, humane, and sustainable world.
St. Xavier’s Umoid is a self-financing private institution and does not receive any financial assistance from the Government.
St. Xavier’s Umoid is administered and sponsored by the members of the Society of Jesus, more commonly referred to as the Jesuits. The Jesuits are a religious Order within the Catholic Church and were established in 1540 by St. Ignatius of Loyola and his companions.
St. Francis Xavier, after whom these institutions have been named, was a founding member of the Jesuits and came to India in the 16th century.
Recognizing the dire need for tertiary educational opportunities in the area, and at the invitation of the Bishop of Nongstoin, in 2018 the Jesuits decided to establish a college at Umoid. However, due to a noticeable shortfall in the number of students from the region who were qualifying for college each year, they decided to first start a Higher Secondary School (pre-university, as it was formerly known), with Classes XI and XII.
Presently, St. Xavier’s Higher Secondary has Cl XI and XII in the Arts and Commerce streams. It plans to start the Science stream at a later date. The school is affiliated to the Meghalaya Board of Secondary Education (MBOSE).
Starting in 2021, St. Xavier’s College Umoid will offer Bachelor’s degree classes in the Arts stream. From 2022, degree classes in the Commerce stream will also be offered. The college hopes to offer Science stream classes in the future. The College is affiliated to the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong.
At a later date, when the St. Xavier’s University Shillong — a Jesuit university already approved by the state government — is established, St. Xavier’s College Umoid will be affiliated to this new university.