Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday assured of all cooperation to the city's premiere St. Xaviers' College for its upgradation to the status of a university.

"I have asked the Calcutta University Vice Chancellor to prepare an action plan in this regard and send the proposal to the state government for consideration. The state government will ensure all cooperation to upgrade status of the college", Banerjee said addressing its convocation.

The proposal in this regard was moved by the Vice Chancellor of the Calcutta University Suranjan Das during his informal talks with the chief minister.

"I got enthusiastic response during my discussion with the CM", Das said.

The chief minister also called upon the students to put the college on the top in the sphere of education with their effort and with the expansion of this leading institute.

"We need to set up more institutes of excellence and education hub to promote the state's academic environment and enlighten the future of our next generation," Banerjee said.

Acting on her wish, the St. Xaviers' College authority today included the chief minister as an Associate Member of the Alumni Association of the college.

Established by Jesuit missionaries in 1860 A.D., St. Xaviers' College is an autonomous institute affiliated to Calcutta University and is an institute of excellence.

(Agencies)