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XAVERIAN COMMERCE SOCIETY
& Mohit Maloo
The Xavier’s Commerce Society (XCS) is the representative
society of the Department of Commerce of St. Xavier’s College,
Kolkata. The society strives for the progress and intellectual
mastery of every undergraduate commerce student within the
college. The society by organizing holistic events throughout
the academic year ensures that every student is taught critical
lessons before stepping into the Corporate World.
The Xavier’s Commerce Society was formed in March 2006 with the
motto of ‘Dreams. Development. Destiny’.
Dreams symbolize the aspirations and desires of a person. The
society encourages everyone to dream big and helps them to
strengthen their abilities. Development stands for the process
of gradual advancement from the stage of aspiration to the stage
of achievement of one’s dreams. Destiny refers to the fate of a
person’s life. At XCS, we believe that our destiny is not
predetermined, but it is in our hands to shape our future.
The Xavier’s Commerce Society after its humble beginning with
the launch of the annual journal of the Department of Commerce,
‘Youthink’, in 2006 branched into newer areas which allow the
students to get adequate exposure to industry and help them hone
their skills that are essential at the workplace. ‘Youthink’ has
had subsequent publishes since its inception.
The year 2007 was a significant year in the society’s calendar
as it initiated the intra-college management festival X-Calibre
which tested the students on their finance, marketing and human
In 2008 along with the existing events, the society evolved
further with the incorporation of an intra-college business plan
competition ‘Comquest’. The agenda of hosting Comquest was to
give an insight to the students on how to draft a business plan
which were later on reviewed by Venture Capitalists.
In 2009 the society reached a new landmark by organizing
‘Intelligentsia’, a panel discussion involving distinguished
speakers. ‘Innovision’ which was a collection of a career
related seminars was instituted in the same year. ‘Comquest’ by
now was also being held at the inter-college level.
is an intra-college week long counseling event where
professionals across various fields of business and academic
institutions advised the students on numerous career options as
well as matters pertinent to their personal life. Spread over a
period of 5 days, Innovation covers more than 10 seminars,
conducted by experts from established organizations such as
Google, Ernst & Young, TCC Management Systems, Kredent Academy
and Jones Long LaSalle Meghraj among others. The seminars
elucidated students of the B.COM and BBA department on
Prospective Careers in Finance, Soft-Skills, Resume Writing,
Introduction of IFRS and how students could excel in group
discussions and personal interview.
year 2010 witnessed the beginning of a new event, Inception – A
Management Simulation Programme, which was held exclusively for
the first year students of the Commerce Department. Inception as
an idea was generated for mentoring the first year students for
the events of XCS to come in future. Having said that the
Society set out the search for the ‘Best Manager’, guiding the
new entrants through an elimination process, starting from group
discussions; followed by a test on their Finance and Marketing
understanding; and finally their handling of a Crisis Situation
and Stress Interview.
is our annual management festival held at the intra-college
level in mid August. X-Calibre is a two-day event aimed to
develop the soft-skills and leadership ability of students by
implementing realistic theories of the business environment. X-Calibre
roughly consists of 8 rounds which include hallmark events like
Best Manager, Brand Manager, Finance Manager, Human Resource
Manager, Public Relations Manager, Corporate Treasure Hunt,
Corporate Quiz and a Business Plan Competition. Auditions are
first held to guarantee a better competition on the final two
days of the event. More than 600 students participate in the
auditions each year which spread over a week and more than 1000
students witness the final events in the auditorium. The event
year in year out is a grand success and is appreciated by all.
is the annual journal of the Department of Commerce. Every year
Youthink is launched following the echoing success of the
previous editions. Youthink reaches a new milestone every year
which comprises of notable articles authored by students and
professors alike and interviews of industrial luminaries from
India and abroad. The journal with each publication has revolved
around the theme of ‘Globalisation’, ‘The Business of Sports’,
‘Turbulent Times’, ‘Superpowers’ and more recently ‘Change’.
Work for Youthink begins 4 months in advance and over the years
it has been proud to publish the interviews of Mr. Shah Rukh
Khan, Mr. Rajdeep Sardesai – Editor-in-chief of CNN-IBN, Mr.
Managing Direct of Deloitte and Touche Consulting India, Mr.
Deepak Parekh – Non-Executive Chairman of HDFC Ltd., Mr. Nitin
Nohria – Dean of Harvard Business School, Mr. Koushik Chatterjee
– Group CFO of Tata Steel and Mrs. Sagarika Ghose – Deputy
Editor CNN-IBN. The journal is launched following the panel
discussion Intelligentsia and over 3600 copies are published
whose circulation also reached our sponsors and the top 20
commerce colleges of the country.
is our panel discussion which brings together eminent minds from
the world of business and beyond. The theme for Intelligentsia
is generally set to complement the theme of Youthink and hence
in the last two years the panelists discussed the theme ‘Is
India a pseudo-superpower, a superpower in disguise or a
realistic assumption?’ and ‘What does India need: A growing
economy or a changing mindset?’. In the past, the panel has
included distinguished personalities such as Mr. Roopen Roy –
Managing Director of Deloitte and Touche Consulting India, Mr.
Sanjeev Goenka – Vice Chairman of RPG Enterprise Mr. Pawan Ruia
of Ruia Group, Mr. D. B. Desai - Managing Partner of D.B. Desai
and Associates, Mr. Hemant Kanoria – Chairman of SREI, Mr. Noomi
Mehta - Chairman and Managing Director of Selvel Vantage Group,
Mr. Utpal Chatterjee - former Sheriff of Kolkata Mr. Gautam
Mohan Chakrabarti – Former Commissioner of Kolkata Police, Mr.
Chandradeep Mitra – Visiting Faculty IIM Calcutta and Lucknow,
Dr. Sweta Sukul – Environment Management Division of SAIL and
Mr. Pratip Kar – Consultant World Bank.
the era of increasing entrepreneurial endeavours, Comquest, our
inter college Business Plan Competition, provides a platform for
those who had ideas for a new and out-of-the-box business plan.
Transiting from the intra-college level the winners then face
their counterparts from other colleges. The participating teams
over the years B.COM, BBA and Economics Department of St.
Xavier’s College - Kolkata, J.B Birla Institute of Management,
IIPM and Durgapur Engineering College to name a few. Comquest
received an exceptional response and provided an incentive to
the participants to perhaps give life to their idea.
is our national level management festival. In February 2011 we
organised the third installment of Insignia. While Insignia 2010
revisited the enrichment of the human spirit brought about by
the Renaissance, Insignia 2011 rekindled the very essence of
Indian spirit. Held on the 17th and 18th of February, Insignia
2011 saw the participation of the best commerce colleges across
the country which included Shri Ram College of Commerce – New
Delhi, Symbiosis Management University – Pune, Loyola College –
Chennai, Christ University – Bengalooru and so on. The build up
to Insignia 2011 branded as the ‘Insignia Week’ witnessed a
flurry of promotional campaigns through social media websites,
and several hoardings around the city. Insignia 2011 also took a
great leap forward in terms of the quality of its sub-events and
participation. In the end Insignia got a roaring response and
positive feedback from everyone who the Society caters to.
its effort to acquaint commerce students with the industrial and
manufacturing sector of the economy, the Xavier’s Commerce
Society organises Industrial Visits every few months. These
Industrial visits not only give students a first-hand experience
of the manufacturing process of various industrial and consumer
products, but also serve to satisfy their intellectual curiosity
with regards to the effective management of large-scale
units and processes. In 2010, Industrial visits included the
train-wagon manufacturing unit of Jessop & Co. Ltd., the tyre
manufacturing units of Falcon Tyres and Dunlop Tyres in Mysore,
the biscuit processing unit of Brittania, the battery production
unit of Exide and the carbonated beverage manufacturing unit of
Coca Cola in Dankuni among others.
XCS has always given special importance to understanding the practical
aspects of industry.