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Principal's Report

Respected Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of the University of Calcutta, Prof. Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee, Respected Provincial, Rev. Fr. Raphael Joseph Hyde S.J., Respected Rector, Rev. Fr. Jeyaraj Veluswamy S.J., Vice Principals, Member Secretary, Academic Council, members of the staff, teaching and support, alumni/ae, benefactors, parents, well-wishers, friends, and my dear students, I wish you all a happy and joyous New Year 2020 and extend a warm welcome to all to this 13th Convocation & Valedictory Function of the College. May the Almighty bless us all abundantly!

St. Xavier’s is very happy today to honour Prof. Asis Kumar Bandyopadhyay, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Calcutta as the ‘Nihil Ultra Awardee for 2019’ for his outstanding achievement in the field of education not only in Calcutta but in the state of West Bengal. It is very important to mention that it was during the tenure of Prof. Banerjee as the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of the University of Calcutta that St. Xavier’s College was granted the autonomous status.

Now, it is my pleasant duty to place before you, the Annual Report of St. Xavier’s College for the year 2019.

Various Major Programmes held during the Year:

  • The 12th Convocation and valedictory Function of the college was held on 16th January 2019 at 11.00 a.m. on the College ground Prof. Suranjan Das, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Jadavpur University, was the Chief Guest. He was also the recipient of the ‘Nihil Ultra Award of Excellence 2019’ which is the highest honour conferred by the College.

Rev. Fr. Raphael Joseph Hyde S.J., Provincial of the Calcutta Jesuit Province presided over the ceremony.

In the absence of the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of the University of Calcutta, Prof. Dipak Kumar Kar, Pro Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Calcutta, Conferred the degrees on the students on behalf of the Senate of the University of Calcutta. A total of 2383 passing out students were awarded their degrees. 23 Instituted Gold Medal were also awarded to the students of the day.

Rev. Dr. Dominic Savio S.J., Rector and Principal presented the Annual Report of the College.

The Second part of the Convocation & Valedictory of the College i.e., the award and the prize distribution ceremony was held on 18th January 2019, from 4.00 pm onwards in Fr. Deplechin Auditorium. Shri Atri Bhattacharya, I.A.S., Home Secretary, Government of West Bengal was the chief Guest.

  • ‘Xavotsav 2019’ : The annual student’s festival, ‘Xavotsav’ was organised by the Students’ Council of the College from 22nd to 24th January 2019. Around 50,000 students from 52 colleges from in and around the city and participated in this three-day fest.
  • ‘Beyond Barriers 2019’: The annual fund-raising musical extravaganza was organised by the alumni association on 26th January 2019. The alumni association contributed to its alma mater, a cheque of Rs. 10 Lakhs from the proceeds of Beyond Barriers XIX for development purposes.

  • Sports Day 2019:  The Annual Sports Day of the College was organised on 2nd February, 2019 on the College Ground from 11.45 am onwards. Mr. Manoj Kumar Tiwary, Member of the Indian Cricket Academy and Captain of the Bengal Cricket Team was the Chief Guest. Around 7000 plus students took part enthusiastically in the parade and competitive events. Thanks to Mrs. Feroza Mogrelia and her team for organizing this mega event efficiently.

  • Sishu Mela 2019: On 17th of February 2019, the Department of Social Work & NSS hosted ‘Sishu Mela 2019’. Around 1000 children, from seven villages of South 24 Parganas and 10 NGO’s participated in the event. Almost 300 students from all departments volunteered in the event. 17 departments had put up various game stalls which the children thoroughly enjoyed. The annual magazine of NSS ‘Kadam’ was released on that day. Thanks to Ms. Cheryl Francis and the NSS team for organizing this mega event efficiently.

  • ‘Sanyog 2019’ / ‘Xavullash’ programme 2019 : ‘Sanyog 2019’ (An international Torch Light Peace Rally to commemorate Bhasa Dibas – International Mother Language Day, was organized by St. Xavier’s College (Calcutta) Alumni Association with the student bodies of St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, including Bengali Literary Society.

The torch light flame which signified worldwide fraternity and cultural bond started its auspicious journey on 6th February, 2019 The delegation team comprising students, alumni conveners, professors and BLS team carried the torch to –

1. Dhaka University
2. Indian Embassy Bangkok
3. Loyola College, Chennai
4. St. Xavier’s College, Burdwan
5. St. Xavier’s College Raghabpur Campus
6. St. Xavier’s University, Rajarhat
A huge contingent of over 1400 students, staff and alumni participated in the torch light rally from the College Hostel to the College on 21st February, 2019. The rally was flagged off by Hon’ble Minister Goutam Deb, Minister in Charge of the Tourism Department of the Government of West Bengal. The torch reached the College and was received by the Mr. Firhad Hakim, Hon’ble Mayor and Minister in Charge of Municipal Affairs & Urban Development, Government of West Bengal. The other dignitaries present for the occasion were Mr. B.M Jamal, representative of Bangladesh Deputy High Commission of Kolkata and Shri Arindam Sil, Film Personality. This wonderful initiative ended with a closing programme at the Auditorium which was followed by the opening ceremony of Xavullash 2019.

  • Doshobhuja Bangali: St. Xavier’s College (Calcutta) Alumni Association along with Bengali Literary Society of St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata had organized ‘Doshobhuja Bangali 2019′ on 22nd February, 2019 in Fr. Depelchin Auditorium.
    Like previous years, ten eminent personalities from different fields were felicitated by Rev. Fr. Dr. Dominic Savio, S.J., Principal and Rector of the College.
    Along with the above dignitaries, Bishop Linus Nirmal Gomes, S.J. was also felicitated with a life-time achievement award on behalf of St. Xavier’s College (Calcutta) Alumni Association for serving this esteemed institution for several decades.

  • Independence Day Celebration: As every year, Independence Day was celebrated in the College with grandeur. The occasion was graced by Brigadier Samir Varma, DCSO, Headquarters, Eastern Command, Kolkata as the Chief Guest. The Hon’ble Chief Guest hoisted the National Flag at the College Quadrangle. Col. M.S. Gurung, Training Officer, Kol ‘C’ Group, NCC, WB & Sikkim Directorate was the Guest of Honour. A cultural programme was presented by the students of the College followed by high tea in the staff room. Fathers, staff members and students participated actively in the Independence Day Celebrations. Thanks to the NCC team under the leadership of Dr. A.P. Mondal for organizing the celebrations.
  • Teachers’ Day Celebration: Teachers’ Day Celebration was organized by the Alumni Association in collaboration with the Student’s Council of St. Xavier’s College on Thursday, 05/09/2019 in Fr. Depelchin Auditorium. The Hon’ble Governer of West Bengal, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar had kindly consented to be the Chief Guest and inspired all with his speech. Rev. Fr. Anil Gomes S.J. was felicitated during the programme. Lunch was organized for all staff members of the College.

  • Kolkata District Level Youth Parliament Competition & Quiz Contest sponsored by the Departments of Parliamentary Affairs & Higher Education, Government of West Bengal: St. Xavier’s College was delegated by the Higher Education Department to organize the Kolkata District Level Youth Parliament Competition and Quiz Contest Programme 2019-2020, sponsored by the Departments of Parliamentary Affairs & Higher Education, Government of West Bengal on 17th September, 2019 from 10.00 am onwards.
  • NSS Golden Jubilee Celebration at St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata:  On the occasion of the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the National Service Scheme (NSS), the Department of Social Work & NSS in collaboration with the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) organized a seminar, “Social responsibility of College Students: it need and relevance today” on 24th September 2019 in Fr. Depelchin Auditorium, from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Ms. Ratnaboli Ray, Founder and Managing Trustee, Mental Health Rights Organization was our Chief Guest for the programme. Dr. Minakshi Roy, Pro Vice Chancellor (Finance) & NSS Programme Co-ordinator, University of Calcutta was also invited to the programme. Representative from 23 departments of the Park Street and Raghabpur campus made presentations on various topics.
  • The Jesuit Higher Education Association South Asia (JHEASA) Conference was held on 6th and 7th October 2019 at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. There were 90 delegates participating from all Jesuit Colleges, Business Schools, Law Schools, Engineering Colleges, Research Institutes and Universities.

  • Faculty Orientations: The annual Orientation Programme for all the faculty of the College was organized on 6th July, 2019 for the Commerce (UG & PG), BMS and Raghabpur Campus and on 13th July, 2019 for the Departments of Arts & Science (UG & PG) and the Department of Education.The Speakers for the sessions were Dr. Basab Chaudhury, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, West Bengal State University, Barasat, who spoke on “Private Victory, Public Victory;” and Dr. Dhiman Ganguly, MRCP (UK), FCCP (USA), Chest Medicine who spoke on “Medical Education and Healthcare —Expectations and Reality.’’ Faculty Members were happy with the enriching Orientation organized by the College. Thanks to Dr. Rina Ghosh and other faculty members involved in co-ordinating the Orientation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Skill Development Programme for Support Staff: An Orientation Programme for the Support Staff of the College was organized in two slots, on 20.07.19 and on 27.07.19. The resource persons were: i) Prof. Saibal Chatterjee, who spoke on ‘Working together —in a smarter way’; and ii) Ms. Priyanka Bhattacharya, Counsellor, who spoke on ‘Coping with stress and increase in Resilience.’ The Orientation Programme was conducted smoothly and well-appreciated by the Support Staff Members who were happy with the enriching experience. Thanks to Dr. Ayan Chandra, Member Secretary, Academic Council for organising the Orientation Programme.
  • The following programmes were organised by different Departments, Societies and Cells of the College:
    • 7 faculty development programmes
    • 51 annual events
    • A total number 41 national and international seminars, conferences and workshops
    • 21 Lecture Delivery, Talks and Panel Discussions

  • Admissions 2019 (UG & PG): Admissions 2019 to the various U.G., P.G., B.Ed., COP and Computer Centre Courses 2019 in the College were conducted smoothly. A total number of 5702 students were admitted to the various courses.
  • Introduction of New Courses: The College started three PG courses from the academic session 2019-20: (i) M.A. English; (ii) M.A. Political Science; (iii) M.A. Bengali. The College proposes to introduce the following PG Courses from the academic session 2020-21: (i) M.Sc. Economics; (ii) M.A. Sociology; (iii) M.Ed. and 4 year Integrated Teacher Education Programme (ITEP) in the Department of Education of our College. The College also proposes to start Ph.D. Course in Computer Science.
  • ISO 9001: 2015: St. Xavier’s College had taken the initiative of obtaining accreditation under ISO 9001: 2015 to signal its quality consciousness and quality commitment as a leader in the field of education. This is especially relevant in the present educational scenario as it is one of the important parameters in the evaluation procedure of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). The College also places on record our special thanks to Dr. Partha Pratim Ghosh, IQAC Co-ordinator of the College for taking up the responsibility of co-ordinating the process of ISO accreditation so meticulously.
  • St. Xavier’s College Identified as a Potential ‘Mentor Institution’ by the UGC
    • In response to our proposal under the UGC scheme of ‘Paramarsh’ for mentoring NAAC Accreditation aspirant The Principal’s Report 2019
    • 12 Institutions to promote Quality Assurance in Higher Education, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved our institution as a Mentor Institution under the said scheme with a financial allocation of Rs. 28,58,000/-
    • As advised by the UGC, our College as the Mentor Institution shall provide guidance to non-accredited institutions to enable them to upgrade their academic performance and get accredited.
    • In response to the same, the College had invited nine non-accredited Mentee Colleges to a meeting and for signing of the MoUs for implementation of the scheme on 16th September, 2019. The following nine Colleges participated in the meeting and the signing of the MoUs was done as per the requirement of the UGC:
    • Sister Nibedita Government General Degree College for Girls, Alipore, Kolkata
    • Harimohan Ghosh College, Kolkata
    • The Heritage College, Kolkata
    • Sibani Mandal Mahavidyalaya, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal
    • Acharya Girish Chandra Bose College, Kolkata
    • St. Xavier’s College, Burdwan
    • Government Girls’ General Degree College, Kolkata
    • Kishore Bharati Bhagini Nivedita College, Kolkata
    • St. Xavier’s College, Maharo, Dumka
  • NIRF RANKING 2019: St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, has secured the 10th rank in India Ranking 2019 for Colleges, conducted by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) under the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. Dr. Ayan Chandra, Member Secretary, Academic Council and Dr. Partha Pratim Ghosh, IQAC Co-ordinator attended the award ceremony in Delhi. Congratulations to all staff, students, alumni/ae, benefactors and all stakeholders for the co-operation, interest and involvement in the College. We pledge to strive towards further goals in Higher Education.

 

  • DBT Star College Program: The Department of Biotechnology of the Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India has shortlisted our College amongst 100 colleges for support of undergraduate students of Science in various fields of Science. The College received a sum of Rs. 63 lakhs for three departments (Physics, Chemistry and Microbiology) for a period of 3 years. The key areas are inter-disciplinary research, project works, novel experiments, seminar organization and faculty development programs. The Grant includes Rs. 30 lakhs for purchase of instruments under non-recurring heads. In response to the same, various departments of the College are actively participating and working in inter-disciplinary research. Six inter-disciplinary seminars and two Faculty Development Programmes have been organised in Microbiology and Chemistry. The student based research is being carried out and 14 papers have been submitted for the Indian Science Congress in the sections of Environmental Science, New Biology, Plant science and Medical Science.

 

  • Utilization of RUSA-2.0 Fund: St. Xavier’s College has been sanctioned an amount of Rs. 5 Crore under Rusa -2.0 Project by the MHRD. An amount Rs.2.5 crores has been already received by the college and has been utilized for excellence in teaching, research and career oriented activities for the benefit of the student and faculties at large. Some of the major works major works executed during this period are: –
  1. Modernization and upgradation of all Laboratories.
  2. Establishment of Finance Lab.
  3. Import of major equipment for Central Research Facility.
  4. Procurement of E-resources, Dspace, D-membership, Library books, Journal and Digital equipment for Central Library.

More over Rs.1.5 crore has been allotted for construction of new building at Raghabpur campus and Rs.20 lakhs will be utilized for construction of Yoga & Meditation Centre at main campus.

The college will also be receiving the 2nd Installment a grant of Rs.2.5 crore from the MHRD, which will be Utilized for further developmental activities to establish St. Xavier’s College as one of the top educational and research institute in India.

  • Unnat Bharat Abhiyan: Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is a flagship programme of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). The mission of UBA is to enable participating higher educational institutions to work with people of rural India in identifying development challenges and evolving appropriate solutions which will contribute towards sustainable growth of the partner communities. St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata was selected as Participating Institute (PI) under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan in October 2018.

Our College will be working in the following villages in South 24 Parganas:

(i) Bakeswar

(ii) Debipur

(iii) Magurkhali

(iv) Raghabpur

(v) Shalpukur

The College, through knowledge transfer as well as community mobilization will bring sustainable rural development in these five villages. A UBA Cell comprising faculty and students have been formed in the College. All students have been encouraged to participate in this endeavour.

The various activities undertaken by the UBA Cell of our College is stated as follows:

  • In the Preparatory Phase, several meetings were held with the UBA Cell, the local MLA, Panchayat Pradhan and other local stakeholders. The College also attended all the Gram Sansad meetings of all the five villages as well as the Gram Sabha meetings of the two panchayats (Kulerdari and Panakua). The co-ordination and ground work has been done.
  • Orientation programmes were organized by the College for the students and faculty of four major departments —Economics, Biotechnology, Microbiology and Mass Communication.
  • From February to December 2019, a total number of 410 students completed 2000 household surveys in the five adopted villages. The survey has been completed in Debipur village, and the data has been uploaded in the UBA online portal. An analysis of the survey has been auto-generated. The plan of action has been formulated which will be implemented in 2020.
  • During the months of September and October 2019, an awareness campaign on the ill effects of plastics on the eco-system was organized in the villages. The students prepared posters on plastic pollution, organized street plays and rally with slogans of the ill effect of plastics. As an outcome of the campaign, ‘Sabuj Bahini’ (Green Brigade) was established in Debipur and Shalpukur villages. The ‘Sabuj Bahini’ consisted of about ten enthusiastic children, who were responsible to carry forward the work initiated by UBA volunteers.
  • As per recommendation of the National Co-ordinating Agency, the UBA banners have been permanently displayed in the College campus to encourage students and faculty to become active participants.
  • Various rural development initiatives will be undertaken in all the adopted villages in 2020. The college will start the rural development work in Debipur village.

 

  • Introduction of a Scheme for Trans-disciplinary Research for India’s Developing Economy (Stride) by the Ugc: The UGC has introduced a Scheme for Trans Disciplinary Research for India’s Developing Economy (STRIDE). A committee was appointed by the Principal, Rev. Dr. Dominic Savio, S.J., to study the modalities of STRIDE. The Committee met thrice and deliberated on the following:

There are three Components to STRIDE-

Component 1 is applicable for all disciplines and is meant for capacity building of faculty members. There are several activities that can be undertaken if an institution is selected for Component 1. Under this Component, the grant money that any institution can be given is upto 1 crore. Apart from an institutional project, this can be utilised to organise short courses on plagiarism, intellectual property, academic honesty, procurement policy, scientific and technical writing, academic honesty etc.; methodology workshops can be organised, discussion groups can be formed and special lectures arranged, post-doctoral research fellowships can be instituted, domestic and international travel can be permissible subject to the Monitoring Committee’s approval, exchange of faculty, involvement of retired but active faculty/scientists in research capacity building efforts can be initiated.

Component 2 is also meant for faculty members (at the Assistant and Associate Professor level) to undertake trans-disciplinary research drawing from national missions on gender, poverty, health, nutrition, hygiene, agriculture, animal husbandry, water, energy, safety, environment, disaster, rural development etc., all aspects of national development and concern. There are possibilities of collaboration with government, voluntary organisations and the corporate sector under Component 2, in which case the financial dimensions need to be worked out. The nature of assistance under this Component would be upto 50 lakhs which would be which can be scaled up to 1 crore, again with the approval of relevant Committees. In case the College succeeds in getting a grant, an expert committee has to be set up with external experts who would be monitoring and evaluating the progress of projects following which disbursement of grants can be made. Financial support

under Component 2 would include two types of allocation as far as the project is concerned – a Recurring Grant which would include Project Fellowship, Hiring Services, Contingency Grant, Travel and Fieldwork. The tenure of the project will be for 3 years.

As far as Component 3 is concerned, it is meant for High Impact Projects which would be multi-institutional in character involving international collaboration, faculty exchange etc. The grant amount here goes upto 5 crore. The Committee feels that we should focus more on Components 1 and 2 now, and pitch for these grants under Component 3 at a later stage.

The Committee spoke to the representative of STRIDE at BHU and found that under Component-1, an institution can apply for one project which would have various components. It would have one Principal Investigator and several Co-Investigators. Under Component 2, faculty members can apply for individual projects. These would have to go through a Committee which would check whether the projects conform to the prescribed format and facilitate the process. In case of individual projects, faculty members are asked to study the various descriptions of thrust areas given on the website before submitting a project.

Mhrd’s Instruction on: (i) Water Conservation & Implementation Plan for Higher Educational Institutions (Jal Shakti Abhiyan); & (ii) Plastic Waste Free Campaign (swachhata Hi Seva)

The Ministry of Human Resource Development observed the ‘Swachata Pakhwada 2019’ during 1st to 15th September 2019. St. Xavier’s College was invited by the MHRD to undertake activities and participate in the ‘Swachhata Pakhwada 2019.’ In response to the same, our College had initiated the programme as per the indicative guidelines provided in their mail. As per the directive of the MHRD, posters had been displayed on our campus with information on the activities being undertaken in the College.

The following steps were undertaken by the College under the ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyaan’ or Water Conservation Awareness Campaign:

  • Jal Shakti Team formation including Gram Jal Shakti Team.
  • International Conference ICEEM 2019 (Special feature on Water Conservation and Plastic Pollution).
  • International Seminar on Global Warming and Climate Change with special reference to Water Awareness Lecture on Water Conservation.
  • Promoting tree planting for water conservation.
  • Water conservation through rain-water harvesting and audit.
  • Zero leakage to promote water utility efficiency.
  • Jal Shakti Village establishment in Raghabpur.
  • Delivering invited lectures —Jal Shakti Measure.
  • ‘Anusandhan’ —Faculty Development Programme on Water Conservation.

The following steps have been taken by the College under the ‘Plastic Free Campaign’:

  • Banning the use of Plastic Bags in the College campus;
  • In-house designing of jute files and jute bags;
  • Promotion of jute files and jute bags in seminars, conferences and workshops held in the College;
  • In-campus subsidized retail outlet encouraging students to substitute plastic with eco-friendly material.
  • Awareness campaign through displays on flex boards and digital board;
  • Teachers’ presentation of videos in class-rooms;
  • Paper presentations by faculty members in national and internatinal conferences (13th & 14th September, 2019);
  • Video presentations by students in the College;
  • Awareness campaign in villages adopted under ‘Unnat Bharat Abhiyan.’

Some posters of the ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyaan’ & ‘Plastic Free Campaign’ were put up at different locations in the College.

 

The Consultancy Cell in the College

Based on the recommendations of the UGC and NAAC, the College intends to build a strong foundation of research, consultancy and training. Consulting at St Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata, is viewed as an academic activity that provides an opportunity for the faculty to share insights with the practitioners. In keeping with this view, during this academic year, the College has set up the Consultancy Cell.

The Vision of the Consultancy Cell would be to encourage inter-disciplinary research and innovation, leading to collaborative projects with industry and society.

The Mission of the Cell would be to deliver highest quality consultancy services to our clients, for the welfare of the society at large and our beneficiaries in particular.

Our aim is to cater to a wide range of clients. These may include small and medium sized companies, public and private sector corporations, financial institutions, government agencies, academic institutions, co-operative societies, non-profit organizations and international bodies.

A group of faculty members from the department of commerce has undertaken the task of developing course material of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India on corporate finance. At least ten modules have already been completed by them. The Consultancy Cell has also started offering corporate training programmes to the junior level managers of the business houses. One of such corporate training programme has already been completed in the month of November, 2019.

EMRC (Educational Multimedia Research Centre), Kolkata, the only UGC media centre under an undergraduate College, i.e., St. Xavier’s College, continues to flourish as an active stakeholder of ‘Digital India’ project committed to the evolution of India’s ‘Knowledge Society’. It has contributed educational contents for multiple platforms – video, interactive multimedia, and educational web-portals.

It has developed and uploaded 10 MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) for the benefit of our students. These courses have been designed in accordance with the ’SWAYAM Programme’ of the Government of India in the format provided by MHRD, Government of India. This will give the students a chance to register for courses which may not be available in our College and still earn co-curricular credits for their degrees.

With CBCS structure of higher education becoming a reality, the path is clear for students to study diverse subjects beyond the focus of a specific discipline. Students of our College were encouraged to enroll for courses of their choice which was fully free of charge. For the faculty, this will provide a chance to take part in an innovative teaching-learning process and earn valuable points for their career advancement. And finally it will also bring recognition to individual institutions from bodies such as UGC, NAAC, NIRF etc.

 

Centre for Women’s Studies

The UGC has invited applications to set up Women’s Studies Centres in Indian Universities & Colleges in order to help India achieve her UN Sustainable Development Goal of promoting Equality & Empowerment of Women. The special focus of these Centres would be on most marginalized / disadvantaged women in the society. These include women from Schedule Castes and Tribes, women with disabilities, women living in unsafe environments, exploited sex workers, women living in conflict areas, women in conflict with law, homeless, destitute & abandoned women, uneducated & unskilled single women, elderly & sick women etc.

Some of the probable activities of the Centre would be:

  • Teaching: Conduct Foundation Course/ Short-term Courses in Women’s Studies for all undergraduate students;
  • Research: WSCs shall take measures to build the research capabilities of their faculty. This shall include

data mining, review of literature, action research method, feminist research methods (i.e. oral history/ life history methods), statistical analysis, writing and research papers.

  • Training: Workshops on innovative/feminist research methodology and inclusion of issues concerning women in various disciplines at UG/PG levels.
  • Extension: Greatest importance needs to be attached to extension work, as a learning and developmental instrument, for the benefit of the Community, students and teachers.
  • Publication: Documentation, Dissemination and Library Collection, translation of outstanding papers/research reports into Indian Language Production of Reference and Teaching Materials and publications in reputed journals.

In view of the above, a committee of seven Professors has been constituted by the Principal of the College to look into the above and duly apply to the UGC in a bid to set up the Centre.

 

Xaverian Research Colloquium

Brief History:

The roots of Xaverian Research Colloquium can be traced back to the month of November in 2008, when three Professors of the College presented their research work to a large audience of Professors of the College from all Departments. This practice of having a seminar by a Professor of SXC on a regular basis was carried on till 2013. It was discontinued thereafter due to various unavoidable circumstances.

However, the need to revive this novel practice gradually arose primarily because of the interest and enthusiasm of the faculty members of SXC. Catering to the demands of our faculty members, the Seminar Series would be started re-christened as Xaverian Research Colloquium.

Xaverian Research Colloquium would provide the faculty with an opportunity to discuss their works in progress and to receive feedback from their colleagues on their research. In addition to supporting and encouraging faculty scholarship, the colloquium promotes an inter-disciplinary dialogue at the college among the members of different departments. The Research Colloquium offers its members the possibility to ”workshop” their projects-in-progress. The faculty members can regularly share the drafts of their research papers with the group, from whom they receive feedback and constructive

The objective of the Colloquium is to provide a setting and structure that together make possible for each faculty to showcase not only their specialized knowledge but also disseminate new ideas.

Xaverian Research colloquia are filled with faculty research presentations, compelling lectures, lively discussions, and time to connect with like-minded scholars. An opportunity to receive feedback on the concerned research presentation from distinguished faculty and peer group member is a valuable addition.

 

Placement Cell

The Placement Cell of the College cell saw another season of impressive placements during the academic year 2018-19 by placing 619 students in the top organizations of the country.

The cell approached more than 100 companies out of which 60 companies continued their relations from last year while the rest joined our family this year. Like every year, these companies were invited to our campus to recruit students from various disciplines. The students showcased their talents which these companies wished to explore and utilize.

According to trend, some past recruiters include Ernst & Young, KPMG, Mckinsey, PwC, Deloitte BCG Consulting, OYO, Uber, ABP Group, Selvel and Oberoi Hotels.

During the session, the cell successfully associated with corporate giants like Larsen & Toubro, Swiss Re, Cognizant J. P. Morgan and Chase, D.E. Shaw, Futures First, Accenture, Byju’s, etc. thereby providing the

Congratulations to the following staff members (teaching & support staff) who have completed 25 years of service in the College as on 31/12/2019.

Teaching Staff

SL Name of Faculty Length of Service
1 Dr. Arup Kumar Mitra 25 Years 2 Months

Support Staff

SL Name of Faculty Length of Service
1 Mr. Peter Kujur 25 Years 5 Months

 

2 of our support staff members from the College and 1 from EMRC have retired from service during 2019.

Our heartfelt thanks and best wishes to them for their dedicated and committed service to St. Xavier’s College.

 

SL Name of Faculty Length of Service
1 Mr. Kailash Nayak 14 Years 4 Months
2 Mr. Lakshmikanta Majhi 41 Years 9 Months

 

Academic Excellence

I congratulate all the 2270 under-graduates, post-graduates and B.Ed. students who receive their degrees today. May you be men and women for others!

  • My congratulations to all the students who have performed well academically and have acquired ranks. These students will be rewarded with gold medals today.
  • This year, the College had10 Ph.D. Recipients from among our Professors. Congratulations to all of them!

 

 

SL Name Departments Ph.D. Awarded On
1 Dr. Durba Bhattacharya Dept. of Statistics 20 December, 2018
2 Dr. Swati Sarkar Dept. of Education 12 March, 2019
3 Dr. Gaurab Tripathi Dept. of Mathematics 18 March, 2019
4 Dr. Debasree Lahiri Dept. of Political Science Raghabpur Campus 16 April, 2019
5 Dr. Christina Maria Mirza Dept. of English 17 May, 2019
6 Dr. Souvik Roy Dept. of Biotechnology 22 May, 2019
7 Dr. Tuhina Manna Dept. of Mathematics (B.Com. EVE) 11 June, 2019
8 Dr. Nabin Thakur Dept. of Education 18 June, 2019
9 Dr. Monalisa Mondal (Middya) Dept. of Mathematics Commerce (Morning) 22 August, 2019
10 Dr. Shruti Goswami Dept. of Bengali 26 Nov, 2019

 

Publication: Books / Articles / Paper Presentation

During this year, 3 Books, 3 Book Chapters and 1 Book Reviewer were published.

28 national and international research articles of our faculty members were published in various national and international journals and magazines. Congratulations to all involved!

The various Departments and Societies have published the following magazines/journals:

  • Aviskaar: A multi-disciplinary Xaverian Journal of Research
  • Magis: Xaverian Journal of Education.
  • Eduvision: Magazine of the Department of Education.
  • Ode to Expression: Magazine of the English Academy.
  • Chiasma: Magazine of the Department of Biotechnology.
  • DNA: Magazine of the Department of Microbiology.
  • Horizon: Magazine of the Department of Physics.
  • Beacon: Magazine of the Department of Mathematics.
  • Prokarsho: Magazine of the Department of Statistics.
  • Eco Echoes: Magazine of the Department of Economics.
  • Young Sociologist: Journal of the Department of Sociology.
  • X-ecutive: Magazine of the Department of BBA.
  • You Think: Magazine of the Department of Commerce.
  • Kadam: Magazine of the NSS Department.
  • Excrytus: Magazine of the Department of Computer Science.

Congratulations to the staff and students who were involved in these publications.

 

Achievements & Awards of the College Faculty & Students

  • The Film Federation of India recognized the contribution of St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata to the cause of Indian Cinema by presenting a token of appreciation at the Bharat Bangladesh Film Awards, Dhaka on 21/10/2019.
  • 18 faculty members have received different national and international awards.
  • 62 faculty members have attended various national and international seminars, workshops, conclaves, colloquiums and conferences.
  • 38 faculty members have presented paper and posters in various national and international seminars and conferences.
  • 22 faculty members have participated as resource persons in various seminars, workshops and conferences.
  • 19 faculty members have attended various refresher courses, short term training programme courses and orientation program courses organised by UGC and various other agencies and institutes.
  • 26 students from different departments have received 22 national and 4 international awards from various institutions and agencies.

Congratulations to all!

 

Our Strength

St. Xavier’s College now has a total strength of 365 teaching staff and 243 support staff and the total student strength in all the courses of the College is 8635.

 

Courses at St. Xavier’s College

St. Xavier’s College runs:

  • 17 UG courses, 9 PG courses, 1 B.Ed. course and 15 Diploma and Certificate Courses. 4 Departments are undertaking Ph.D. Courses.

New Appointments

  • Dr. Samrat Roy from the B.Com. (Morning) Department has been appointed as the Co-ordinator of the Ph.D. Cell of St. Xavier’s College with effect from 16th September, 2019. On behalf of the Governing Body of the College, I place on record our sincere and heartfelt thanks to Dr. Tapati Dutta for her generous and committed services as the Ph.D. Co-ordinator since its inception in 2015. A warm welcome to Dr. Samrat Roy and we wish him all the best in this new assignment!

The following HODs/Profs.-in-Charge/Labs.-in-

B.COM. (MORNING): [HODs]

 

SL Name Department
1 Prof. Shouvik Sircar Management
2 Prof. Sourav Tarafder Mathematics
3 Prof. Rinita Das Law
4 Prof. Sumona Ghosh Jt. Co-ordinator

 

ARTS & SCIENCE: [HODs]

SL Name Department
1 Prof. Indranath Choudhury Physics
2 Prof. Ankur Ray Chemistry
3 Prof. Sucharita Roy Mathematics
4 Prof. Durba Bhattacharya Statistics

 

LABORATORIES-IN-CHARGE

SL Name Department
1 Prof. Indranil Chakraborty Chemistry
2 Prof. Subhadeep Sengupta Mass

 

COMMERCE (EVENING): [PROFS.-IN-CHARGE]

 

SL Name Department
1 Prof. Sarodiya Dutta Accounting & Finanace
2 Prof. Jayita Bit Economics

 

B.M.S.

 

SL Name Department
1 Prof. Supriyo Patra Management
2 Prof. Rajni Gupta Finance

RAGHABPUR CAMPUS (DEPARTMENTALCO-ORDINATORS)

 

SL Name Department
1 Prof. Ratna Roy B.Com.
2 Prof. Debashish Bhattacharya B.A & M.A. Bengali

Our heartfelt thanks to the outgoing members for their generous and committed services and a warm welcome to the new team. We wish them all the best in their new assignment!

Exchange Programmes & MoUs / Collaborations

  • Soham Chakraborty, student of B.A. Political Science Honours (Batch 2015-2018) was offered the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship by Macquarie University, Australia, for pursuing Master of International Communication with the degree of Master of International Relations for the session starting February 2019.
  • Students from Fordham University, New York, USA visited our College to attend a course on Service Learning from 4th to 12th January, 2019.
  • 15 Students from Macquarie University, Australia, visited St. Xavier’s College to attend a course on ‘Ethnology of India: Art and Culture, Gender, Politics and Economy’, from 15th to 21st September, 2019. The group was led by Dr. Julian Deuel Droogan, Senior Lecturer in Security Studies, Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University. He was assisted by Ms. Tina Stubenrauch, International Engagement Manager at Macquarie University.
  • Ms. Roxanne De La Torre, Director, Campus & Community Leadership, Fordham University, New York, USA visited the College from 24th September, 2019 to 1st October, 2019.
  • St. Xavier’s College with its commitment towards the MOU with Santa Clara University, USA, organized the course in Science and Religion for the students/faculty for the 6th consecutive year. Prof. Alexender Zecevic, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, presented lectures in the College from 18-20 February 2019.
  • Representatives from Missouri University of Science and Technology visited the College on 26th March 2019. Their visit was two-fold:
  1. i) Discuss collaboration opportunities between St. Xavier’s College and Missouri University of Science & Technology;
  2. ii) Give a presentation to students at St. Xavier’s College about the opportunities to pursue a graduate degree/ Ph.D. programme at Missouri S&T.
  • Palak Bothra, a Semester IV student of Political Science completed her semester study at Macquarie University, Australia during Spring 2019 Semester (February —June 2019).
  • Raghav Agarwal, a semester-III student of B.Com. (Morning), pursued Exchange Programme study from the State University of New York at Oswego, USA during the August —December 2019 semester.

 

MoUs

  • At the National Level, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed on with West Bengal State University, Barasat, India.
  • An MoU has been signed between EdCIL (India) Limited, a CPSE under MHRD and St. Xavier’s College for implementing partner for study in India —a program under Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
  • St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata has signed an MOU with University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, one of the best universities for research, students and faculty exchange

Alumni Activities and Chapters

With a vision to give the Xaverians across the globe a chance to strengthen old ties and forge new friendship and bonding, St. Xavier’s College (Calcutta) Alumni Association (SXCCAA) has spread its wings all over the world. SXCCAA now boasts of having 5 National Chapters in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Guwahati and Siliguri and 10 International Chapters in Bangladesh, Thailand, Singapore, UAE, USA, Canada, Australia, UK, South Africa and Europe.

  • The North Bengal Chapter was inaugurated on 6th April, 2019 in Siliguri;
  • On 17th May, 2019, the 10th International Chapter of St. Xavier’s College (Calcutta) Alumni Association was inaugurated in Johannesburg, South Africa, by our Consul General of India, K.J. Srinivasa and our Principal, Rev. Dr. Dominic Savio, S.J.
  • The Thailand Chapter Meet of the Alumni Association was held at Bangkok on 3rd August, 2019.
  • The South Zone Chapter of the Alumni Association titled ‘Xaverians ín Action (XIA) 2019’ was organized on 31st August, 2019 in Bengaluru. The program witnessed a host of eminent speakers & panellists from different industries sharing their industry experiences, perspective and business models.
  • The UAE Chapter Meet of the Alumni Association was held on 6th September 2019 and 7th December, 2019 at Dubai.

R I P

We fondly remember:

  • Mr. Nepal Das, Staff in the College Canteen who passed away on 22/01/2019.
  • Prof. Maitreyi Sarkar, former Professor & HOD of Bengali, who passed away on 17/2/2019.
  • Mr. Bibhu Ranjan Biswas, former Librarian of the B.Ed. and Goethal’s Central Library who passed away on 13/02/2019.
  • Ms. Garima Dhanuka, 3rd Year student of BBA Dept. who passed away on 15/02/2019.
  • Sanat Kumar Mondal, 1st Year B.Com. student of the Raghabpur Campus of the College, passed away on 28/07/2019.
  • Hrisheek Koley, 1st Year student of Physics, passed away on 1/08/2019.
  • Anuj Kedia, 2nd Year B.Com. (Morning) student passed away on 8/08/2019.
  • Prof. Amitabha Mookerjee, former Professor and HOD of Economics (B.Com. Department) of St. Xavier’s College passed away on 23rd August, 2019.
  • Fr. Noel Francis D’Souza (87/65) passed away on 10/11/2019.
  • Mayank Jhawar, B.Com. 1st year, Roll No. 697, Room 45, passed away in a tragic accident on 12/11/2019.
  • Margaret Neha D Cruze, 3rd year Sociology Honours

Crest of SXC

The Crest of St. Xavier’s College is modeled on Jassu Crest of the College Patron Saint Francis Xavier’s family. It has been adapted to local surroundings, suggestive of a native flavour of a College in India. The escutcheon in white and blue contains a tiger and a palm tree, overlooked by a silver crescent moon, which symbolizes the palacio of Xavier. The charge on the Dexter, HIS, bespeaks a College of the Society of Jesus (Iesus Hominum Salvator – Jesus, Savior of Human Family). The checky argent and sable in the base recall the spirit of the Xaverian family. A garter bearing the words “St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta”, encircles the escutcheon and it is surmounted by a Cross emanating holy rays. A scroll passes underneath inscribed with the words Nihil Ultra (Nothing Beyond), the motto of the College. The Crest signifies dignity, courage, quiet gleam and the call of the beyond – the quest persists towards higher endeavour.

St. Francis Xavier Patron of the College

A Christian Minority Higher Educational Institution, St. Xavier’s was founded in 1860 by a Catholic Minority Religious body, the Society of Jesus, and was affiliated to Calcutta University in 1862. While preference is shown to the educational and cultural needs of the Minority community, admission is open to all irrespective of caste, creed and nationality!