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Department of Social Work and NSS

“The first duty of the students should be, not to treat their period of study as one of the opportunities for indulgence in intellectual luxury, but for preparing themselves for final dedication in the service of those who provided the sinews of the nation with the national goods and services so essential to society.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

The Department strives to mould the young minds of students and instill in them a sense of responsibility towards the society at large. It also contributes towards the Jesuit mission of ‘creating men and women for others’. Since its inception in 1969 by Late Fr. Gerard Beckers, SJ, fondly known as Babu, the social outreach activities and programmes were given top priority at St. Xavier’s. Both our students as well as the deprived sections of the society have benefitted through these endeavours. A group of dedicated students form the NSS Board that works yearlong to bring about social impact in the lives of others.

 

At St. Xavier’s College, it is mandatory for all undergraduate students to complete 30 hours of social service (One Non-Academic Credit) either from within the College or from outside. Those who wish to complete from outside need to take prior permission from their respective Vice Principals. The College provides a number of opportunities for social work throughout the year. Students are encouraged to use every opportunity within their first four semesters. The NSS at St. Xavier’s works in both URBAN and RURAL areas.

COVID19 – Relief Work – St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata.

COVID 19 Relief operations by St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous) Kolkata

COVID-19 Relief work was organized by St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous) Kolkata from the main as well as the rural campus. The College Principal Rev. Dr. Dominic Savio, SJ, organized the relief operations within the city as well as in the villages. At the Park Street Campus, Fr. Principal along with the Vice Principals distributed relief materials on 10th & 12th April to about 500 families consisting of rickshaw pullers, families from the nearby slums and to the families of the evening and night school children.  About 300 PPE kits were distributed to the doctors and health workers of a charity hospital with support from the College Alumni Association.

In our adopted villages, COVID-19 Relief operation work was organized through the rural campus at Raghabpur. In all, 1920 families, spreading across ten villages, including the UBA villages, were sponsored by the College. The distributions began from 27th March 2020. On 7th April, UBA Coordinator, Prof. Cheryl Francis along with UBA Cell member (invitee) Mr. Bobby Biswas, visited two adopted villages – Debipur and Shalpukur and distributed relief materials to about 100 families. The 6 days long relief work was carried out by about 40 volunteers from the villages around the rural campus for packing and distributing relief materials. The Nepalgunj Police Force helped the initiatives and supported with all the necessary logistics.

A core team consisting of Rev. Dr. Dominic Savio, SJ, College Principal, Rev. Fr. Johnson Padiyara, S.J., Vice Principal of Raghabpur campus, Prof. Cheryl Francis, UBA Coordinator, Mr. Sanjib Koner, the Secretary of Alumni Association, Mr. Dilip Mondol, Local MLA,  Mr. Bobby Biswas, UBA Cell member (invitee), Mr. Bholanath Sardar, Panchayat Pradhan, Panakua GP, and Mrs. Rita Naskar, Panchayat Pradhan, Kulerdari GP were responsible to plan and implement the relief operations maintaining social distancing protocol.

COVID 19 LOCKDOWN: The NSS online Out Reach facility!!!

The whole world is under Lockdown trying to slowdown the COVID 19 pandemic spread, and the government and other social sectors, NGOs, Educational Institutions are attending to the fallout on a war footing. Known as the COVID warriors, doctors, nurses, medical staff, people supplying essential goods and commodities, our municipal workers, and some volunteers are battling it out and we salute all of them. The race for a vaccine is on and we hope for the best to happen soon.

We, the NSS family of St. Xavier’s College Kolkata, decided to reach out to one another. Since the young are affected in a big way with lot of uncertainties about their future, we felt that we should also do our small bit to strengthen them. During normal circumstances, this NSS group is engaged in social activities spread across five to six villages per week, apart from coordinating in house activities and programmes throughout the year. This NSS group consists of students belonging to various social and economic structures. We have students from the very rich communities to the rural students whose families depend on daily wages. In fact some of these students were prospective bread winners for their families post their graduation. We understood their plight.

So we began our outreach with the NSS Board members and the NSS active volunteers, a small core group of about 28 who form the inner circle, from both the NSS Units. We first formed a WhatsApp group on 4th April and soon we realised that students were being very formal and not opening up much. Then we decided that we would call them up individually and then see how it works. It worked! We started on 13th April and we are continuing the same.

Some students shared how their families were in doldrums with no income, leaving them with no means to buy their groceries or basic necessities. Some students whose family members were closely working in the frontlines were worried about the safety of their entire family. All the students expressed their fears about their examinations and not having enough books to refer for preparing notes. Some of the outgoing third year students were anxious about their future studies, admissions and job scenario. The students did share that their faculty members circulated notes etc. but few also expressed that they did not have online facilities at home and they shared their phone facilities with other members of their family too. We were told that some students, who had business related to essential commodities, were helping their parents to run their shops as they didn’t have their workers. All of them were helping their mothers at home in the kitchen and taking care of general cleanliness.

Most of the students were pleasantly surprised to receive calls from us. It made them feel good and connected and also strengthened. Now they themselves call us and share about their feelings with us. In this way we have been able to connect with our small group and we hope to keep this going. In the process we have also updated the birthday list of all these 28 people on board and we have decided to celebrate them together over phone.

Apart from this, the NSS department has been coordinating with the Rural Campus for distribution of essential provisions to our adopted and nearby villages. We have also connected with the village contact persons through whom we coordinate all our rural outreach programmes. We have connected with some of our partner NGOs with whom we work and send our students for service.

The Department of Social Work & NSS started working from home since 13th April from 10.00 a.m. to 12. noon formally from Monday to Friday. The day begins with Staff meeting on conference for an hour where we share about our experiences not forgetting to keep confidentiality and then we assign our tasks. However, we are available to our students throughout the day. We have also taken our support staff on board and they become part of our meetings once a week. Alongside, we have been working on the department reports.

We all have our roles to play in times of crisis. No matter how big or small it is, it makes a difference and that’s what matters. We are trying to make a difference to as many persons as possible. We are trying to burn one candle in one room which can provide some light to the entire room. We hope that this too will pass and that we continue sharing our light with others. Of course post COVID 19, lots of candles will be required. So let’s prepare ourselves.

We are planning out strategies on how to keep this Outreach alive and how to involve and train the NSS volunteers who could be actively involved post Covid 19.

This initiative was planned and implemented under the leadership of Ms. Cheryl Francis, Director of Social Work & NSS PO, UNIT I, along with Ms. Sucheta Mukherjee, NSS Coordinator and Ms. Shrawani Jha, NSS PO of Unit II.

Relief distribution Centre: St. Xavier ‘s College (Autonomous) Kolkata, Raghabpur Campus

Raghabpur, P O.  Nepalgung, South 24 Parganas District, 700103, West Bengal, India.

In the context of COVID-19 pandemic St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous) Kolkata, in its efforts reached out to 2500 families of daily and migrant laborers, Rickshaw pullers and the poor sections of the society with essential food provisions for each family in the surrounding area of St. Xavier’s College Raghabpur Campus. On 27th March under the initiatives of Fr. Dominic Savio SJ, Principal, St. Xavier’s College Kolkata, in collaboration with Alumni Association of St. Xavier’s College distributed relief materials to 60 families in Paikala Village under Panauka Gram Panchayat, South 24 Pargana District.

As per the instruction of Fr. Dominic SavioSJ,  another 2500 needy families were covered in COVID-19 relief distribution under six Gram Panchayats namely: Panuka,Kulerdari, Keoradanga, Amgachhia, Bonhoogly and Bishnupur. Two thousand five hundred Poor and most needy families spread over in thirty-four villages under these six Gram Panchayats were selected as beneficiaries of relief distribution. Adequate Inputs and guidance were taken to select and identify the neediest as beneficiaries of relief.

2500 relief beneficiary families were identified by the Professors of St. Xavier’s College Raghabpur Campus, Department of Social Work St. Xavier’s College Kolkata, Teachers of St. Paul’s High School Raghabpur, Panchayt Pradhan of Panuka Gram Panchayt, Panchayat members of Panuka Gram Panchayat and Panchayat Samity members of Bishnupur Block – I, and by other ten village representatives in different villages near St. Xavier’s College Kolkata, Raghabpur Campus. Selection of 2500 needy families were done in a broad perspective involving the local governance and government representatives and Bishnupur Police Force and other local institutions, in order to include all the sections of society and most importantly to care for the most marginalized in our area.

The major part of the relief distribution was done at the premises of St. Xavier’s College Raghabpur Campus, and for the rest relief materials were reached to the village which had been identified for relief distribution.

Relief work at Raghabpur Campus was carried out by 36 village volunteers from Raghabpur area near St. Xavier’s College Raghabapur Campus. The six days long (13/04/20 to 18/04/2020) relief distribution went off well peacefully with the help of many committed villages volunteers who gave their selfless service for this mission. The Panchayat Pradhan of Panuka Panchayat and many Panchayat members and the Nepalgunje Police Force also helped in our initiatives and supported us with all the logistics.

JOHNSON PADIYARA SJ

Watch Video: COVID19 – Relief Work – St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata.

ANNUAL PROGRAMMES
  • NSS RURAL CAMP 2019

    NSS Rural Camp commenced on 10th October 2019, with 43 eager campers, of which 26 were from the Raghabpur campus. The six days camp was held in Magurkhali and Raghabpur villages of Bishnupur I block in South 24 Parganas. During the camp, the campers stayed in the Raghabpur campus of the College. The inauguration ceremony had the august presence of Fr. Patrick Walsh, S.J. Fr. Johnson Padiyara, S.J., Fr. Jothi, S.J along with members of the Panakua and Kulerdari Gram Panchayat.

    In his inaugural speech, Fr. Johnson Padiyara welcomed all the students to Raghabpur campus. He encouraged the students to actively participate in the camp which encompassed conducting village surveys and awareness campaign in Magurkhali village in South 24 Parganas. Fr. Walsh reminded the students of the rich legacy of the Jesuit mission in Raghabpur and its adjoining areas. He further motivated the students to make an impact in their and others lives through the camp.

    The 43 students undertook extensive household survey in the aforementioned villages which are adopted by the College under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan. During the survey the students were overwhelmed by the warmth and hospitality of the villagers. One of the campers tearfully said, “I am spoilt with choices and luxuries at home still I have never welcomed a stranger at my house, and here the villagers does not even have bear minimum, and they not just welcomed me into their homes with a smile but offered me breakfast as well.” Campers from the city were awed with the greenery around and decided to bring in a dash of green in their urban lives as well. On the other hand they were appalled to witness the plastic pollution and dearth of drinking water in the villages.

    Eager to do their bit for the villagers, on 13th October, the campers performed a street play on ‘ill-effects of plastic on our ecosystem’ in Maggurkhali village and on 15th October for the staff and students of Raghabpur St. Paul’s High School. Both the days, there was immense response from the villagers and school children alike. It was encouraging and heartwarming to see the children both in village as well as in the school joining the campers in shouting slogans like ‘Plastic hatao, Prithibi bachao’; ‘Esho Gori Sabuj Prithibi’ and pledging Plastic byabohar korbo na, korbo na’.

    Along with the surveys and awareness campaign, the campers were also able to attend the following sessions:

    Exploring economic opportunities for self and community – The session was taken by Mr. Amalendu Pal, Director – Asian Institute of Poverty Alleviation. Through this session, the students were made aware how they can create economic opportunities not just for themselves but also for their communities.

    Analysis of what is happening in India today, the ideology and philosophy behind today’s India and our way forward – This session was beautifully taken by Fr. Jothi, S.J. who was successful in being a catalyst in enabling the students to think critically of the socio-political situation in India. They were further encouraged to bring about positive change in themselves and the society at large.

    Beside these, all the campers were divided into committees which worked together to make the Camp experience fun. The Home Committee worked hand-in-hand to keep the campus clean, the Prayer Committee ensured regular thanksgiving and worship, while the Reporting Committee chronicled the whole days activities and learnings, the Entertainment Committee without fail entertained all the campers every night, and the Food Committee members ensured food was served timely to all the students.

    On 15th October, Fr. Principal, Rev. Dr. Dominic Savio, S.J. in his valedictory address congratulated the students for successful participation of the camp and said, “Even though the camp has come to an end but today is the beginning of the change that each of you will experience. The selfless volunteering of countless NSS volunteers have resulted in the birth of the Raghabpur campus”. He appreciated the hard work and dedication of Ms. Cheryl Francis, Director of Social Work & NSS for the meticulous planning and implementation of the camp as well as for contributing towards creating men and women for others. He also congratulated Ms. Sucheta Mukherjee, Coordinator of Social Work & NSS along with the NSS Board members for the success of the camp.

    Overall, the camp had a positive impact on the students which helped them to evolve as better and responsible Xaverians.

  • Blood Donation Camp

    Blood Donation Camps are organized every year wherein on an average 600 to 700 students voluntarily donate blood. Around 100 volunteers across all departments with the help of about 8 to 9 Blood banks manage the event. The donor cards are distributed to those in need who get blood free of cost from the respective hospitals. On 6th August 2019, 601 donors donated blood during the camp.

  • Independence Day

    NSS volunteers leave no stone unturned when it comes to instilling patriotism among the next generation. Every year, a team of dedicated volunteers brave the rains and reach the adopted villages to celebrate Independence Day with the village children. They organize sessions on the lives of our freedom fighters, drawing competitions and cultural programmes.

  • Exposure visit to Saroj Gupta Cancer Centre and Research Institute

    The students of Raghabpur campus religiously visit Saroj Gupta Cancer Centre and Research Institute to spend quality time with the terminally ill children. The students decorate the play area with origami, perform songs and dances.

  • Daan Utsav

    Every year the NSS volunteers celebrate Daan Utsav – the ‘joy of giving’. The volunteers usually celebrate the occasion with underprivileged children, differently abled children, children from adopted villages and elderly residents of old age homes. In 2018, the volunteers celebrated the event in four different places -Loreto Rainbow Home, Oral School for the Deaf Children, at Tollygunj Homes, and in Shalpukur village.

  • International Exchange Programme

    A group of 12 students from Fordham University collaborated with the NSS for a week long exchange programme starting from 4th January 2019. They attended two important lectures on ‘Caste system and the case of West Bengal’ and ‘Child Rights and the Role of SXC in imparting education to rural students’. These two lectures prepared them for what they were going to experience during the service learning programme. The students spent a day at Nurshidarchowk, an adopted village of College, spent time with the children, went around the village and enjoyed a simple but delicious lunch served on banana leaves. On the way back they got to see the Raghabpur campus. They worked at PremDaan, DayaDaan and Kalighat, homes run by the Missionaries of Charity. They spent half a day at the Leprosy colony at Titagarh as well. On their way back they had a short visit to St. Xavier’s University and spent the evening at St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged. They were taken for an NGO visit to Asansol-BurdwanSeva Kendra (ABSK) where they visited two of their centres – The Adoption centre and the Home for the HIV positive children.

  • Sishu Mela 2020

    Shishu Mela 2020: Upholding the Rights of the Children

    On 16th December 2020, 1086 children (617 girls + 469 boys) from 8 villages and 14 NGOs filled St. Xavier’s College campus on Park Street to participate in the much sought after event – Shishu Mela organised every year by the Department of Social Work & NSS.

    This year, with the theme being ‘Child Rights and Child Protection’, the 25th Shishu Mela ensured that apart from the children fulfilling their right to enjoyment, were also made aware about their rights, duties and protection from any form of violence. This awareness was not restricted to children alone, but was meant for all the 352 College students from 18 departments who helped to organise this Mela.

    The Principal of the College, Rev. Dr. Dominic Savio, S.J., welcomed everyone present. In his address he stated, “All of you have come to our home and we warmly welcome you. Enjoy yourselves. We want you to study well and the College is open for you always if you want to study further.’’ He appreciated all the students, led by the NSS for their hard work. Fr. Jeyaraj Veluswamy, S.J., Rector, St. Xavier’s College, was the Chief Guest for this occasion. He was extremely happy and motivated the children to make use of this beautiful opportunity. Along with him, Bishop Linus Gomes, aged 99 and who always steals the show, shared with the children as to how he, as a child never got such opportunities. He blessed the gathering and encouraged the children to enjoy themselves.

    After the release of balloons concluding the inauguration, the children rushed to the 20 games stalls which were kept ready with games and prizes to be won. Apart from games, they participated in Sports and Art Corner. Special children, especially on wheel chairs, participated in the live stage performances conducted by the students of Xaverian Academy of Dance and Music. Post lunch, all other children put up cultural programmes to showcase their talents.

    This year the NSS collaborated with Save the Children and World Vision, two major NGOs who work extensively for Child Rights and Child Protection. The follow up of this Mela would be to conduct awareness campaigns in the adopted villages and for the students of this College. The College is grateful to World Vision, Save the Children, ITC, Godrej Interior – Joka, SJC, Superton Foundation, Ganesh Sharbat and all those who came forward to support this cause.

  • International Women’s Day

    International Women’s Day was celebrated on 17th March 2019 in collaboration with XADAM and World Vision India. The United Nations recommended theme this year was ‘Balance for Better’. The event included panel discussions on ‘Balanced diet: physical wellness – the need for balanced diet for better living’ and ‘Prioritising mental health – the need to balance mental, emotional and physical for better living’ through which the students were made aware about the importance of prioritising physical and mental well-being. Ms. Aditi Roy, Nutrition Specialist from World Vision India spoke on physical wellness and the need for balanced diet. Ms. Parmeet Soni, college counsellor and clinical psychologist, spoke on the importance of prioritising mental health and how to deal with mental health issues. The theatrical performance put by XADAM challenged the gender biased stereotypes faced by women. The play ended on a positive note stressing on women breaking the patriarchal shackles which are put around them. There were around 200 volunteers from all 18 departments who attended. Joining Fr. Principal, the Vice Principals – Dr. S. Xavier, SJ, Fr. Peter Arockiam, SJ and Dr. Charlotte Simpson Vegas – too wished good luck to all the students present.

  • Prayas Camp

    Prayas Camp was held from 20th to 22nd 2019 in the College wherein 63 young girls from the Convent of Our Lady of Providence High School were invited to participate in the camp. The camp began with an inauguration led by Rev. Dr. Dominic Savio, SJ, Principal, St. Xavier’s College, along with our Vice Principals who graced the occasion. Beginning with prayer and welcome address, Fr. Principal addressed the campers saying, “Prayas has been the inspiration for many students. It has changed their lives. College students have been able to understand village life and unless we understand the village life, we do not understand India. Prayas Camp has helped foster a relationship between village children and the students of St. Xavier’s College and this relationship continues”. He commended the hard work of the NSS Board members and volunteers.

    This was followed by sharing of expectations from one of the campers Shradha Mishra of class X who on behalf of her friends said “On behalf of our school, I would like to express my gratitude to the Prayas Camp. Thank you for trusting us and giving us this golden opportunity to be a part of this camp.. We expect to get a chance to participate in various educational and cultural activities, as well as interact with different people, which will make our lives more interesting….”

    35 NSS volunteers prepared and took sessions on various topics such as Peer Pressure, Child Rights and Fundamental Rights, Bullying, Health and Hygiene, lastly Gender Equality. The campers also got an unique opportunity to visit Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, Birla Planetarium wherein they got insightful knowledge on cosmic collision, high voltage electricity, coal mine to name a few. The girls also enjoyed the screening of Moana, through which they were inspired to take up leadership role and contribute meaningfully to the society.

    Both the NSS volunteers and the campers had an enriching experience and learning in the Camp.

REGULAR EVENTS
  • Village Education Programme:

    Every Sunday, student volunteers conduct supplementary education programme in the village centres of Debipur, Nurshikdarchowk, Shalpukur, Bolorampur andvPaikhala. Around 1500 volunteers across the departments went to these villages and taught the children from classes II to X. The volunteers also created awareness on various social issues. The awareness sessions were made interactive and participatory.

  • Green Clean Neighbourhood Campaign:

    During the months of July, August and September in 2018, January and March in 2019 hourly session were held between 10 to 11 a.m. and 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. where 367 volunteers cleaned the pavement outside the college front and back gates as well as within the campus, spreading awareness about cleanliness. They also visited roadside eateries and shops, kiosks to speak to the owners about cleanliness and proper waste disposal

SPECIAL PROGRAMMES
  • ST. XAVIER’S COLLEGE CELEBRATES NSS GOLDEN JUBILEE

    “Essential to the attainment of these national goals is the moral imperative of ensuring social justice and respect for human dignity. The great biblical tradition enjoins on all peoples the duty to hear the voice of the poor. It bids us to break the bonds of injustice and oppression which give rise to glaring, and indeed, scandalous social inequalities. Reforming the social structures which perpetuate poverty and the exclusion of the poor first requires a conversion of mind and heart”. Pope Francis

    To commemorate 50 years of the National Service Scheme (NSS) at St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous) Kolkata, a day-long seminar on the theme: ‘Social Responsibility of College Students – Its Need and Relevance Today’ was held on 24th September 2019 in collaboration with the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of the College.

    “Creating Men and Women for others”, has been one of the missions of St. Xavier’s College since its establishment in 1860. Engaging College students at the service of the less privileged and backward people has always been a way of life at St. Xavier’s. However, this social commitment became more prominent under the leadership of Fr. Gerard (Babu) Beckers, SJ, in 1969 when the NSS was launched in the Country and in the College. Since then the social outreach initiatives of the College has grown in leaps and bounds touching numerous lives and creating positive impact on the society. For the last 50 years, the NSS motto of “Not me, But you”, was the mantra of every NSS Volunteer in the campus.

    Rev. Dr. Dominic Savio, SJ. Principal of the College reminded the students about the rich history of St. Xavier’s College in his inaugural address. He mentioned great Jesuits like Fr. Babu Beckers, who used to accompany the students into the villages and work along with them. He motivated the students by saying, “Young students have maximum potential, maximum energy and maximum enthusiasm. If you channelize these energies constructively then surely the impact will also be constructive”. He appreciated the NSS volunteers for their committed service throughout the year. He greatly acknowledged the dedication and hard work of Prof. Cheryl Francis, the Director of Social Work & NSS at St. Xavier’s College. He congratulated her for receiving the Best Programme Officer Award from Calcutta University.

    Ms. Ratnaboli Ray, Founder & Managing Trustee, Mental Health Rights Organization was the Chief Guest for the programme. “I feel so proud to be part of this iconic Institution”, she expressed with all humility. “I am here to talk about how the youth (YOU) can contribute towards a more egalitarian and equitable society, how together we- the youth and the not-as-young but equally eager, can strive to remove inequalities in our societies”. She stressed on three very important ways by which the Youth could contribute to the society – Self Development, Improving the Quality of Life of Peers and Donating Quality Time.

    The primary objective of the seminar was to encourage College students to engage in social causes, apart from their academic commitments, thereby becoming agents of social change. 230 students representing 23 departments from the main and rural campus at Raghabpur presented on the theme. The topics varied from Waste Management to Water Conservation to Child Marriage, to Transgender, to Menstrual Hygiene, to Substance abuse to lynching, to Gender equality. However, Mental Health and Mental Wellness was the favourite topic of more than 6 teams. As future plan, every team submitted a plan of action which would be taken up by their respective departments and coordinated by the NSS involving more students and faculty members.

    Mr. Chittapriyo Sadhu, General Manager, Save the Children NGO, who was the judge for the event, was overwhelmed by the response of the students. “I feel so delighted to see young people so interested to take up social causes. Your topics were very relevant and creatively presented”. To appreciate the efforts of the students, prizes were distributed. The First position went to Mass Communication & Vediography, The Second went to Commerce Morning Team 1 and Third to BA General, Rural Campus. Apart from this, special prizes were given to the Education Department for ‘Most Disciplined’, the Bengali Department (Rural Campus) for ‘Most Enthusiastic’, the Bengali Department (Main Campus) for ‘Most Creative’ and the Political Science department for ‘Best Plan of Action’

    The programme concluded with a vote of thanks to the College Administration, NSS Board Members and the organising team members. Miss Chandrima Biswas, a commerce student from the rural campus received the Best Student Volunteer Award for her dedicated service with NSS.

    St. Xavier’s College has always focussed on Rural Development. Rev. Dr. Dominic Savio, S.J., Principal and Rector, St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata has added a new dimension to NSS by involving it in various programmes recommended by MHRD and UGC. To mention a few – The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, ‘Unnat Bharat Abhiyan’, ‘Creating a plastic free campus’, Water conservation etc. The NSS is working vigorously on creating awareness on the ‘ill effects of Plastic’, ‘Keeping the campus Green & Clean’, ‘Say NO to Drugs’, Gender Equality, Mental Wellness and the like apart from continuing its annual events like Blood Donation Camp, Shishu Mela, Village Education Programme and the Rural Work Camps. NSS also works in collaboration with various NGOs where the students are linked to provide necessary services. The Alumni Association has been extremely supportive in all the social outreach initiatives of the College. NSS works alongside with the Alumni Association and the Students’ Council especially when it comes to responding to needs during natural calamities.

    “An army without arms” and the “Human Face of St. Xavier’s” are some of the phrases used for NSS in the campus. The Department of Social Work and NSS has come a long way. But there are still ‘miles and miles to go…’ At St. Xavier’s we are committed to build a just society. We are committed to live up to its Motto of Nihil Ultra! Nothing Beyond.


  • Reaching out to Kerala Flood Victims: The NSS along with the SXCCAA and Students’ Council helped in raising funds and relief material in the campus. The relief materials were sent to Goonj, an NGO specialised in disaster management.

 

  • Spreading Christmas cheer at Mulvany House

    Mulvany House, an old age home has a steady flow of volunteers from St Xavier’s College who visit them regularly. On 21st December 2018, 10 dedicated active NSS volunteers decided to spread cheer among the inmates of Mulvany House without any ‘social credit’ in return. The volunteers organised lunch and a short programme for all the 30 residents. As the volunteers called it a day and bid goodbye to the inmates, they handed over handmade cookies, chocolates and some savories to the elderly.

  • World Aids Day: The department observed World AIDS Day on following dates in the month of December:
    1. 1st December – Around 41 volunteers attended a seminar organised by West Bengal State AIDS Control and Prevention Society in SwasthyaBhavan.
    2. 3rd December – A seminar on HIV AIDS was organised in collaboration with Child In Need Institute (CINI) at the college itself. Dr Rumeli Das, Assistant Director of CINI was the resource person for the seminar. Around 60 volunteers attended a seminar on that day. Through the seminar, the students became aware about HIV AIDS and how they can protect themselves from it. They were further made aware on the social stigma that is attached to HIV AIDS and how it affects women and children more. The students worked on various case studies and presented their findings during the seminar.
    3. 12th December – As a follow-up of the seminar on 3rd December, XMS in collaboration with NSS organised a Christmas carnival in AnandaGhar on 12th AnandaGhar is a home for HIV positive children. 32 eager volunteers (20 XMS students and 12 NSS Board members) reached AnandaGhar, and organised various games, and sponsored lunch for all the children. The icing on the cake for the children was when two Santas (two students were dressed as Santa) came and distributed goodies to the children. Both the children and our students had a wonderful time together spreading Christmas joy among all.
    4. 14th December –A seminar on HIV AIDS was organised at the Raghabpur campus in collaboration with West Bengal State AIDS Control and Prevention Society. Around 63 students of the Raghabpur campus attended the seminar. Ms.SumitaSamanta, Deputy Director – Social Protection and Mainstreaming and IEC, of West Bengal State AIDS Control and Prevention Society was the resource person. Through her session, the students became aware about HIV AIDS and how they can protect themselves from it. Awareness was also created through folk media as well.

 

NSS Collaborates with other Departments
  • Xaviers Management Society

    On 12th December 2019, 25 students of XMS along with NSS Board members organised a Christmas Carnival in Ananda Ghar for 70 children. The students organised various games like antakshari, paperdance and musical chairs, dance numbers and Christmas carols for the children on that day. The icing on the cake was when two volunteers dressed as Santa showered the children with toffees and gave warm hugs to all present there.

  • Computer Science Department –

    On 29th September 2019, 27 students of Computer Science organised a cultural programme for the elderly residents of Tollygunj Homes ranging from singing retro numbers to performing a wonderful dance, while a young student mesmerised all with harmonious rendition on harmonica, a group of students charmed all by their shruti natok (speech only theatre). The residents were touched by these thoughtful gestures of the students and appreciated the token gifts by them. On 21st December 2019, the students were back at the Home to organise a Christmas carnival for the residents. The students were warmly welcomed once again by the elderly residents. The students sang songs, Christmas carols, and performed dance as the venue resonated with laughter of the residents. The residents were pleasantly surprised when they saw Santa (one of student dressed as Santa) walk in to their Home and join in the festive cheer. It was a memorable time for both the residents as well as for students.

  • Xavier Theatrical Society: On 23rd September 2019 few members of XTS put up a street play in front of hundreds of college students at three different intervals of the day. The theme was ‘Drug Abuse’. As they performed the street play with great enthusiasm, a few students displayed charts on the ill effects of drug use. Three senior students of XTS joined the Rural Camp of 2019 for two days to teach the art of street play to the campers for a performance on ‘Ill effects of plastics’.  After a day’s rehearsal, the performance was put up in front of villagers of Magurkhali in South 24 Parganas.

 

EXPOSURE VISITS TO VARIOUS NGO’s
  • All Bengal Women’s Union

    On 14th March, 24 students went to All Bengal Women’s Union for an exposure visit. The students got an orientation about the organisation that caters to women and children in difficult circumstances. They got a chance to see how the women were employed in various vocations. After which the students went to various classrooms and interacted with the children. A group session with the senior students gave an opportunity to both groups to know one another, to understand and to motive each other.

  • Seva Kendra Calcutta: On 20th March, 7 students of Bengali Honours, went to Seva Kendra Calcutta for an exposure visit. They got an opportunity to work in the office as well as interact with women and youth in the slums adopted by Seva Kendra. Their efforts were well appreciated by the staff members.
  • Antara (psychiatric hospital & Rehab centre)

    On 23rd March, 30 students were taken to Antara, the largest NGO managed psychiatric establishment in India. Students spent the entire day interacting with mentally ill patients, visiting different wards and learning about mental illness from medical supervisors. They were exposed to patients undergoing treatment for drug abuse. The personal sharing of these patients was an eye opener for our young students

  • Prem Nivas

    Mulvany House, an old age home has a steady flow of volunteers from St Xavier’s College who visit them regularly. On 21st December 2018, 10 dedicated active NSS volunteers decided to spread cheer among the inmates of Mulvany House without any ‘social credit’ in return. The volunteers organised lunch and a short programme for all the 30 residents. As the volunteers called it a day and bid goodbye to the inmates, they handed over handmade cookies, chocolates and some savories to the elderly.

    Apart from exposure visits, during the year, almost 1000 students went to more than 30 different NGOs for regular outreach work which also helped them to complete their social credits.

AT THE RAGHABPUR CAMPUS

The year started with orientations of all the first year students on social credits. This apart, Life Skill classes were conducted once a week for the students. This was followed by personal counselling sessions. The response from the students was very positive. They found these classes to be quite useful as it addressed their personal and emotional challenges and made them more confident to deal with them

Various outreach activities were conducted all through the year. Village education programme were organised at Nurshidachowk, Shalpukur and Debipur. A total of 133 volunteers were involved in this programme. About 19 volunteers celebrated Independence Day at Nurshikdarchowk on 19th August 2018 which was attended by about 56 children. Drawing competitions, games and cultural programme were organised by the volunteers. Adda Sessions were conducted on ill effects of child marriage and interim budget wherein 38 students participated and expressed their views and opinions on the subject. The sessions were successful in enabling the students to be aware about these contemporary issues.

OPINION POLLS CONDUCTED ON SOCIALLY RELEVANT TOPICS
  • Pulse of Young Voters for the 2019 General ElectionsWith an objective to understand the perspective of the youth of both urban and rural areas about the election process in India, NSS conducted a survey covering 300 students from the main campus as well as 80 students from Raghabpur campus. It was found that rural youth is well aware about the political system and understands their role in nation building. Most of the urban youth responded that they would cast their vote and hope the government will establish a fair and just society.
UNNAT BHARAT ABHIYAN: MHRD FLAGSHIP PROJECT

St. Xavier’s College selected as Participating Institute under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan – The College was selected as a Participating Institution (PI) under UBA in October 2018 and will be working in the following villages in South 24 Parganas, (i) Bakeswar, (ii) Debipur, (iii) Magurkhali, (iv) Raghabpur and (v) Shalpukur. UBA 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. The College, through knowledge transfer as well as community mobilization will bring sustainable rural development in these five villages. A UBA Cell consisting of faculty and students have been formed in the College. All students are encouraged to participate in this endeavour.

Preparatory phase – coordination and ground work:

UBA Cell was formed in the College and the first meeting was held on 13th December 2018. A UBA Field Coordinator based at Raghabpur campus was appointed in December who visited the villages selected under UBA and prepared the ground work. A meeting with the District Magistrate and the UBA Coordinator was held in December. Subsequently, letters were sent from the College to the Higher Education Department, informing them about UBA-SXC partnership. Prof. Cheryl Francis (NSS Director & UBA Coordinator) along with Ms. Sucheta Mukherjee (NSS Coordinator) attended a one day ‘Regional workshop for orientation of participating institutes to initiate work in adopted village clusters’ at IIT Patna on 21st December 2018.

A meeting with the local MLA, VP of Raghabpur campus, UBA Coordinator, Panchayat Pradhan and other local stakeholders was held in January 2019. Another meeting along with all the Panchayat representatives of the selected villages was conducted for smooth implementation of the programme. A pilot survey was conducted in Shalpukur village.

Orientation of students and faculty:

In July 2019 the faculty were given an orientation and an update about UBA and a similar orientation was organised in August for the students and faculty of four major departments – Economics, Biotechnology, Mass Communication and Microbiology.

Household Surveys

From February to October 2019, a total of 380 (155 male + 225 female) students completed 1,952 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.

Awareness Campaign in the Adopted Villages

PROVIDING INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNTY
  • Mentoring Social Workers: 2018-19 saw two MSW students from St. Xavier’s University being placed in the department for their concurrent field work, twice a week for two semesters as part of their curriculum requirement. They were mentored and got the opportunity to learn hands on whatever they learnt in their classrooms. They added value to the department and the college students found them very helpful.
AS A RESOURCE TEAM
  • Resource person at NSS Unit, Presidency University

    On 14th January, 2019, Ms. Cheryl Francis was invited to address the NSS Volunteers at Presidency University on: ‘Contemporary Youth: Reflections and Discourses’. Her presentations were centered on the history of social outreach programmes at St. Xavier’s College and the activities and programmes that were conducted in the campus.

  • Resource Persons for Foundation Course in Department of Education

    Ms. Cheryl Francis and Ms. Sucheta Mukherjee were invited as Resource Persons for Foundation Course for the students of second semester, Department of Education. Ms. Francis took a session on ‘Social Outreach Programmes – Its Impact on the Beneficiaries’ on 4th March and Ms Mukherjee took a session on ‘The Importance of Child Rights’ on 5th March. Through these sessions the students were oriented about their social responsibilities.

  • Guest speaker on the occasion of International Women’s Day at World Vision

    On 8th March 2019, Ms. Cheryl Francis was invited by World Vision India to address their Self Help Group women on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Ms. Francis motivated the women to be assertive and to stand by one another in times of challenges faced. She stressed on the concept of ‘Women for Women’. She also shared about the social outreach work the Department was engaged in through college students.

  • Resource Person at Seva Kendra Calcutta: Ms Cheryl Francis will be conducting a four day workshop on ‘Social Analysis and Capacity Building’ for the community development staff of Seva Kendra Calcutta in the months of April and May 2019.
UPCOMING EVENTS

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NSS UNIT I Board (Main Campus)

PARK STREET  CAMPUS
PRESIDENT: Sahil Samuel Ahmed             B. COM (M)
SECRETARY: Vedant Agarwal                     B. COM (M)
 
WORKING COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Suyash Sundarka                    B.COM (M)
Pratick Majumder                   B.COM (M)
K Lal Hming Muani B.COM (E)
ADVISORS:
Sharanya Mukhopadhyay      ECOA
Anusree Gattani                       B. COM (E)

NSS UNIT II Board (Raghabpur Campus)

RAGHABPUR CAMPUS
PRESIDENT: Swarnali Dey Sarkar            HIST
SECRETARY: Aparna Das                           HIST
WORKING COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Saptarshi Basu                      B.COM
Bijoy Haldar                           HIST

ADVISORS:
Sumana Bar                            BAGG
Dibyendu Mondal                 BAGG
Rahul Mondal                        B.COM

CONTACT US

Department of Social Work & NSS (Office) 033 – 22551210; Email: socialworknss@sxccal.edu