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It all began 500 years ago. In the Basque country of northern Spain a boy named Inigo was born. He lived in a small castle because of his noble birth.
Like most noblemen of his times, the boy grew up well educated, with a love for fine clothes, beautiful ladies and the glorious sounds of battle. He thought of himself as a great soldier, and he was one. He thought of himself as a great lover, but in this regard it seems that God had different plans for Inigo of Loyola.
Wounded in the battle of Pampalona in 1521 against the French, he fretted in his couch, enduring much pain and boredom. So just to drive it away he took on to reading the lives of great saints like St. Dominic and St. Francis of Assisi and vowed to live like them.
Gradually God’s grace transformed this young man. Inigo set his steps on the rocky path that would lead him to Salamanca, Paris, Venice, Jerusalem and Rome. By this time he was known as Ignatius of Loyola.
In 1540, four hundred and seventy years ago in Rome, he received from Pope Julius III, a decree, proclaiming that Ignatius and his little group of nine followers would now be known as the “Society of Jesus”. A new religious order was born in the Catholic Church, one that would spread throughout the world and have profound effects on many lives..
While Jesuits were opening schools and colleges in Europe (hence nicknamed as the schoolmasters of Europe) Francis Xavier, close friend of Ignatius, came to Goa in 1542 and started schools. Over the years many of them would take Xavier as their patron because he, like Ignatius also became a Saint.
Today one wonders, how many Indians have been educated at such prestigious institutions as Xavier’s -Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Patna, Ranchi, Hazaribagh etc.
Continuing in the same tradition of such hallowed education temples, Xavier Institute of Social Service was established in 1955 at St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi. From a humble beginning made with the objective of training young men & women in Personnel Management, Industrial Relations, Rural Development & Social Welfare; over the last 50 years XISS has trodden a long path of glory and success. In 1973, the Institute was registered as a separate educational society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. From that point in history it has been recognized as one of the most outstanding management schools in India.
In 1978, it moved to its present site and over the years has grown in terms of both capacity as well as resources. Today it has developed its own distinct identity to become one of the premier management schools of India in the fields of Human Resource Management, Rural Management, Information Technology and lately even Finance and Marketing Management.
Building of the XISS Brand - Journey Continues.. Towards Excellence.
From an extension center of St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi, to becoming one of the India’s most reputed educational institutions, the journey for XISS has all along been guided by the needs and aspirations of the region in which it operates.
Education at XISS means sensitizing the students with appropriate values, attitudes and critical thinking tools that set them apart as ‘Professionals with a Difference’.
What started 55 years ago as a center of social service founded by the Society of Jesus, has today grown into a reputed business school.
While the journey has been a long one, it has been no less fulfilling.