Inspired by this vision the Jesuit Order in India has been active in the field of higher education serving the nation in the context of plurality of religions and diversity of cultures. Across the world, the Society of Jesus, is responsible for over 1,865 Educational Institutions in 65 Countries. In India, the Society of Jesus, runs 153 High Schools, 38 University College, 14 Technical Institutes and 5 Business Administration Institutes. While Jesuit educational work has always been at the service of the whole nation, irrespective of caste and creed, it recognizes a special responsibility towards the Catholic community. The Ranchi Jesuit Province through the contributions of St. Xavier’s College envisions the educational development of the Jharkhand state with special attention to the needs of the tribal students of the region. The College draws its inspiration and vision from the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and particularly from the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus in 1540 and from the life of St. Francis Xavier who established first educational institution in Goa. The College is named after this great scholarly saint.
In recognition of its service and to increase its efficiency still further, autonomy has been conferred on St. Xavier’s College with effect from July 2005. In the autonomy setup, this college has autonomy in the matter of - Framing its courses of studies; Arranging for instruction to the students; Devising methods of evaluation, examination and tests, pertaining to the admission of the students in the college and award of the degree/diploma by the Ranchi University. The college is affiliated to Ranchi University which will award degrees with the name of St. Xavier’s College mentioned on them. The College was Re-accredited with "Grade A" by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council 2013.
The Crest of the College
The crest of the college consists of three parts. IHS, the initial letters of the Greek words, Jesu, Huios, Soter – Jesus, Son, and Redeemer is the motto of the Society of Jesus. The little flower shows our aim to illumine the world and society. The ear of grain and the cog wheels represent agriculture and industrialization the goal of sound education in our present society.
The motto of this College is "Lucens et Ardens" which means, "Spreading Light and Burning Bright".
Although the College is affiliated to Ranchi University, the College is following the UGC Guidelines for Autonomous Colleges. The College offers I.A./I.Sc./I.Com. courses under the Jharkhand Academic Council, B.A./B.Sc./B.Com./Vocational degree Self-financing courses under autonomous pattern. The College offers P.G. Course in English, Hindi, Political Science, Economics, Geography, Commerce and P.G. Diploma in Human Rights and Bachelor in Education. courses under the autonomous system.