St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), 30 Mother Teresa Sarani Kolkata 700016 West Bengal, India

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Department of Political Science (B.A.)


Dr. Farhat Bano M.A., Ph.D.
Head of the Department

The department of Political Science is a part of the glorious heritage of St. Xavier’s College and remains committed to the Xaverian vision of academic excellence and the maintenance of an environment where the mind is led forward into ever-widening thought and action. The faculty members are actively engaged in teaching and research. They are regular invitees to and participants in seminars and conferences, both national and international. While nurturing young minds, the department seeks to elevate standards of learning and at the same time care is taken to mentor and guide those who are not as confident. In keeping with the UGC guidelines and requirements the Dept has introduced a new syllabus under the Choice Based Credit System or CBCS from July 2018. This offers students a greater measure of choice and scope to concentrate on and pursue areas that interest them. The course provides a comprehensive programme of instruction in the fundamental areas of the discipline: political thought and ideas, political institutions and processes, international relations, comparative politics, political sociology and public administration to name a few. The dissertation paper at the end of the course encourages eager learners to explore and investigate areas that interest them in order to expand their creativity both in the realm of further academic research as well as in other professional engagements.

With the introduction of the CBCS syllabus at the undergraduate level in 2018 and the newly introduced Post Graduate Programme in 2019 the faculty members of the Department have endeavored to create a space where students are encouraged to articulate, discuss, debate and collectively deliberate on important aspects of politics. It is this spirit as a team bound by a unity of purpose that has enabled students and faculty to actively engage in classroom teaching and learning and simultaneously organize/attend a number of activities since July 2019.

CBCS Syllabus

In keeping with the UGC guidelines and requirements the Dept has introduced a new syllabus under the Choice Based Credit System or CBCS from July 2018. This offers students a greater measure of choice and scope to concentrate on and pursue areas that interest them. The course provides a comprehensive programme of instruction in the fundamental areas of the discipline: political thought and ideas, political institutions and processes, development and transformation of theory and concepts, understanding different approaches to political analysis, political sociology, public administration and the legal contexts necessary for understanding contemporary politics. The dissertation paper at the end of the course encourages eager learners to explore and investigate areas that interest them in order to expand their creativity both in the realm of further academic research as well as in other professional engagements.

Departmental Activities

  • On the 20th and 21st of September, 2019, the Department organized the second edition of Sansad– a Model Parliament which was a simulation of the 17th Lok Sabha on the Draft National Education Policy 2019. The second edition of Sansad witnessed enthusiastic participation of students from a number of Departments of the college.
  • On 7th February 2020 a book talk was held in the Department in which Prof Subrata Mukherjee former Professor Dept. of Political Science, University of Delhi South campus spoke on his recently published work The Political Ideas of Rabindranath Tagore-Reflections of a Public Intellectual.
  • On the 10th of February 2020 Prof Dipankar Sinha from the Dept. of Political Science-University of Calcutta and Director, Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities delivered a talk on Postmodern Public Administration: What it is and is not.
  •  On the 15th of February 2020 the Department hosted its annual departmental event SUFFRAGIUM, on the theme ‘ACCESS TO JUSTICE: IDEALS AND REALITY.’ The inauguration ceremony was graced by the chief guest Hon’ble Justice Soumen Sen [Judge, Calcutta High Court], Principal, Rev. Dr. Dominic Savio S.J., Vice Principal, Prof. Bertram Da Silva and other dignitaries. The Departmental Journal, ‘POLITIQUE’, was released by Father Principal which was followed by the Principal’s address and the Chief Guest’s address. This was followed by a Panel Discussion on the theme by eminent panelists: Prof. Dr. Dipankar Sinha [Dept. of Political Science, Calcutta University], Prof. Dr. Nandita Dhawan [School of Women Studies, Jadavpur University], Ms. Atasi Ghosh [Advocate, Calcutta High Court], Mr. Jayanta.N.Chatterjee [Advocate, Calcutta High Court] and Ms. Monami Das, Social Activist and Senior Project Manager [Nishtta]. The discussions were moderated by Prof. Dr. Indranil Bose [Dept. of Political Science, St. Xavier’s College Autonomous). Other events scheduled for the day included: POLI-RATTLE [JUST-A-MINUTE]; POLI-POLL [MOCK ELECTION CAMPAIGN]; POLI-ENACT [COS-PLAY]; POLI-VERSE [POETRY RECITATION] and EXPEDITIOUS [POLITICAL QUIZ]. The events concluded with the Valedictory ceremony attended by the Professors of the Department. Since August 2020 with resumption of online classes for all batches a new online calendar both students and faculty members adjusted to this digital turn in the most efficient manner. The dept. has made full use of the hitherto untapped avenues that online teaching and learning has to offer. Several webinars were held on Microsoft Teams on topics of contemporary relevance.
  • On 3rd October 2020 a webinar was organized by the Dept in which Professor David Schultz  from Hamline University Department of Political Science and Department of Legal Studies  St. Paul, Minnesota interacted with the students on the Topic “American Presidential Elections“.
  • On 10th October 2020 the second webinar was organized. The resource person was Prof Dr Manisha Madhava Associate professor and Head Dept of Political Science S.N.D.T  Women’s University Mumbai. Dr Madhava spoke on the Topic ” New Public in the Second Republic: Emerging Contours of Political System in India”.
  • On 17th October 2020 the third webinar was organized in which by Prof Partha Pratim Basu   Professor,  Dept. of International Relations Jadavpur University Kolkata spoke  on the Topic “New Media, Democratic Governance and Politics: Some Emerging Issues“.
  • On 31st March 2021 the fourth webinar was organized on Emerging Trends in Public Policy in which Prof. Rumki Basu, from the Department of Political Science, Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi spoke on the Topic: “Public policy and governance challenges in the Post-COVID era” and Prof. Dipankar Sinha, from the Department of Political Science, University of Calcutta spoke on the Topic: “Public policy communication in India: A missing link?”