The state government is expediting the process of formulating the Bill to upgrade St Xavier’s College (Autonomous) to a university, Mr Partha Chatterjee, state education minister, said at the valedictory convocation of the institute on Saturday.

Speaking at the ninth valedictory convocation of the college, Mr Chatterjee said the state education department was making all efforts to realise chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s vision of expanding the college into a full-fledged university.

“On the part of the government we are trying to formulate the Bill so that it can be tabled at the Assembly as soon as possible,” Mr Chatterjee said.

The minister’s statement follows that of Father Felix Raj’s, principal of the St. Xaviers College, who had said at a previous press conference that turning Kolkata’s prestigious institute into a university may soon be a ‘reality’ this year.

Addressing the gathering at the convocation, the education minister said, “St Xavier’s College has always been a prominent marker in the map of higher education. The students passing out of the college will soon become leaders in their own fields.”

The Nihil Ultra Award of Honour was given to Prof. Albert Cardinal Gomes for his illustrious and outstanding service.

Along with the minister, the vice-chancellor of Calcutta University, Mr Sugata Marjit and other dignitaries were also present at the function.