St Xaviers Mahad

Johnson P D’souza

Dalai Lama once said : When educating the minds of the youth we must not forget to educate their hearts. And this has been our constant motivation to provide for the holistic development of our students.

St. Xavier’s education society is the only catholic education organization (in Mahad and it’s vicinity) established in Mahad which has a negligible Christian population. We the management of St. Xavier’s education society associated with the intention of catering to the quality education needs of the community. While we were working with different schools in Mahad, there was a constant demand from the local people for a ‘Catholic school ‘, which are often known for their excellence and dedicated services. This support and demand of people led St. Xavier’s school to emerge and flourish to the present status.

In June 2004, we started with four classes i.e. nursery, Jr.K.G. Sr. K.G. and Std. I in rental premises with due permission from ministry of education of the Maharashtra state. In the very first year we had massive support of quality parents with 134 students admitted in our school. Within 6 years the premises were falling short and thus arouse the need for bigger premises, and God blessed us with a beautiful hilltop of 29 acres, 5 km away from the town. Although financially it wasn’t easy for us to acquire the place, we purchased it part by part as per the availability of funds. Farmers neglected the land disregarding it as barren and it was left to grow out as pasture. We saw the scenic beauty of the plot. In all these efforts we had guidance from certain inspiring people in establishing our school on the hilltop. 21st January 2011 a small structure of 7 classrooms was inaugurated by the then Irrigation Minister  of  Maharashtra   Mr. Sunil Tatkare. We shifted our school to the new premises with the permission of the education minister of Maharashtra in June 2011. Gradually we continued with further construction as per the requirement. Today we’ve got about 40 well equipped classrooms, sophisticated office, wide beautiful roads running through the premises, massive plantations and lawns and our own provisions for water and also water harvesting plant. We have worked out for waste water management too. We are establishing a ginormous playground of 100 sq. meters.      Again to cater to the demands of people we have started with a Jr. College, affiliated to higher secondary board of education of Maharashtra State, for Science and Commerce streams with experienced and qualified faculty. Today there are about 1500 students receiving education from nursery to std.12th. We provide students with nutritious and delicious meals from the school canteen which is licensed and approved by the FDA. We have gone out of way in our efforts for conservation of biodiversity and environment. Students get a close encounter with nature and its aspects because we believe that learning is not just a product of teaching,  it also depends on the activity of the learners.