Posted : 12 May 2021
Xavier's Covid care centres
90 Beds at 3 Facilities in Burdwan and Asansol Read more
Posted : 05 May 2021
Isolation-cum pre-hospitalisation centre for Covid patients
St Xavier's University to start isolation-cum pre-hospitalisation centre for Covid patients Read more
Posted : 16 Apr 2021
130th Birthday Celebrations of Dr.
B R Ambedkar
Department of Commerce (Morning Section)
ARGUMENTATIVE XAVERIANS CELEBRATING DR. B R AMBEDKAR
Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence ...
Life should be great rather than long ...
Dr. B R Ambedkar was one of the Architects of the Constitution of India. He fought to eradicate the social evils like untouchability and for the rights of the Dalits and other socially backward classes throughout his life. To honor his life and contributions to the Indian Democracy, the Department of Commerce (Morning Section) organized a debate on the occasion of the 130th Birthday Celebrations of Dr. B R Ambedkar on 13th and 14th of April, 2021.
Interested students were invited to
debate through online mode in a
competitive set up on their views. The
topic for the first session which was
held on 13th of April, 2021 was
"Reservation in the times of Pandemic".
It was oxford style debate wherein the
students were evaluated by the Faculty
members of the department. Four teams
participated and two qualified for the
final debate on the 14th of April, 2021.
The topic for the final round of the
debate was - Reservations in the time of
Pandemic : Perspectives from the Indian
All the faculty members participated in the evaluation and deliberations with the teams. Since it was a competition, one emerged as a winner while the efforts of both the teams was appreciated and well received. The Team of Anish Shaw and Uzair Anwar from Semester IV of B.COM (Morning) was declared the winner.
Conveners : Prof. Sneha Singh and Prof.
Reported By : Prof. Sneha Singh.
Posted : 16 Apr 2021
The Ignatian Year: May 20, 2021 - July 31, 2022
This year, all Jesuits and their
co-workers across the world will
celebrate the Ignatian Year on May 20,
2021: the 500th anniversary of Ignatius’
“cannonball” moment. This can be a time
for reflection and renewal, an
opportunity to think about our calling
and to focus our desires in order to
become part of the movement to discern a
better future, accompany young people in
building a hope-filled future for our
communities and our planet. Celebrations
will conclude on the Feast Day of St.
Ignatius, July 31, 2022.
This Ignatian Year presents an opportunity for all Jesuits and their co-workers to stress the core mission of our higher educational institutions to form men and women for and with others. Let’s invite our students to think not only about the profession they are preparing for, but the way that profession can be a vehicle for making the world a more just and humane place.
Let us use this year to help them move from their preoccupation with what they will do with their lives to why and how they might live for some larger purpose. How will their talents and the opportunities they are receiving in a Jesuit institution meet the needs of a world that is calling out for healing and reconciliation?.
Posted : 12 Mar 2021
Pandemic and Life Beyond It
The Department of Commerce (Morning Section) of St. Xavier's University, Kolkata in collaboration with the National Institute of Disaster Management, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India organized a National Webinar, titled "Pandemic and Life Beyond It", on 12th of March 2021 from 11 am to 2 pm. It witnessed massive participation and the total number of attendees were 375.
The Inaugural Address was delivered by Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor of the University, Rev. Fr. (Dr.) John Felix Raj, S.J., and the Context Setting Address by Dr. Anil Kumar Gupta, Head of Department, ECDRM, National Institute of Disaster Management, Ministry of Home Affairs. The technical session comprised four well-synchronized talks by the Webinar Initiator, Shri Ashish Panda and the Webinar Convenor, Prof. Sovik Mukherjee.
In the first talk Shri Ashish Panda of NIDM elucidated the current position of the country through a statistical analysis of the Pandemic and its aftermath with a snapshot view of the trends observed in the number of reported cases. The second talk was on "Community Medicine" by Dr. Ashish Mittal (CEO, OHS Management Consultancy Service) and the third was on "Pandemic and Mental Well-being" by Prof. Girish Mishra (O.P. Jindal University, Raigarh).
The technical session was very engaging, and the details highlighted by the esteemed speakers were very precise and informative in nature. It ended with focus upon the mental health and well-being of individuals. Dr. Avadhesh Sharma, the last speaker for the day (Invertis University, Bareilly), engaged the participants in light meditation to make each one present in the webinar aware of their surroundings and their own selves, to lead one another towards better self-introspection while accepting the changes and the challenges the pandemic would leave behind with us.
Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Soosai Nayagam, S.J.,
Associate Dean, Faculty of Commerce and
Management (Morning), St. Xavier's
University, Kolkata, delivered the
Reported by Prof. Sneha Singh.
Posted : 06 Mar 2021
Relevance of Gender Diversity in Business
A webinar on the topic "Relevance of
Gender Diversity in Business" was
organized by the Department of Commerce
(Morning Section) on the 5th of March
2021 from 11 am onwards. The Resource
Person for the one hour long webinar was
Ms. Nita Karmakar. Ms. Nita Karmakar is
an Independent Director at TSLPL and
Former CII Regional Director (Eastern &
North East Region). She is also a
Governing Board Member of the JIS
The webinar was conducted by the Department looking forward to International Women's Day and for broadening the perspective of students with regards to the concept of Gender Diversity. The Session was attended by 370 participants, being postgraduate and undergraduate students of Commerce and the Faculty members from the Department of Commerce (Morning Section).
Ms. Nita Karmakar, the resource person shared her first-hand experience and the nuances of the corporate structure. Appointment of Women directors since the introduction of the provision in The Companies Act 2013 has constantly been discussed and deliberated upon by all the concerned stakeholders across sectors. It was a stimulating and enriching experience with the active participation of the faculty members and the students alike through poll questions posed by the Resource Person on the interesting aspects of appointment of women and independent directors and balance of genders in Board rooms.
Reported by Prof. Sneha Singh.
Posted : 05 Mar 2021
Post Pandemic effect on Capital Market & Economy
Highlights of the Event:
A webinar on Post Pandemic effect on
Capital Market & Economy was conducted by
the Faculty of Commerce & Management, St.
Xavier's University, Kolkata, in
collaboration with BSE Institute Ltd, on
05/03/2021, 11 AM onwards.
The Speaker, Mr. Rakesh Nair shared some interesting insights about markets and their future, mainly in India, given the Pandemic.
We look forward to more such Webinars which will enhance our knowledge and give us a chance to understand the practicalities of our economy and help us relate our theoretical knowledge with the real world.
- Vasudha Shah, B.Com - 2, Sem - 4, Roll. No. - 0071
The webinar was driven by our honorable speaker, Mr. Rakesh Nair describing and explaining the details and theories behind the market movements and the potential market structures. A Q&A session was organized where students of St. Xavier's University posted their queries regarding different aspects of stock market such as derivative market, Fibonacci retracement level indicator, under and overvaluation, etc. Each and every query was answered separately and in detail. The webinar was interactive which was beneficial for all the attendees to understand the concepts and get their queries addressed.
- Suparni Haldar, BMS Marketing, Sem
6, Roll No. 114
The conclusion derived from the session was that the growth of the economy both in terms of GDP and the capital market was delayed and not halted altogether because of the pandemic. The companies held up their money and delayed their investment plans in the beginning of the pandemic which led to recession in the economy and a crash in the market. Now as the world is beginning to adapt to Covid and the new normal as we call it, with the vaccination drives coming up, companies and investors are expected to redeploy their strategies which will surely lead the economy to the path of recovery.
Number of Students Attended - B.Com (Day)
- 195, BMS - 138 [Sem - IV & VI]
Posted : 06 Mar 2021
Xavier's Convocation 2021
The 2nd.Convocation of the University
was held on February 6, 2021 at the
Rajarhat Campus in blended mode adhering
to the COVID-19 protocols promulgated by
the competent authority.
Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar, Hon'ble Governor of West Bengal presided over the function. Mrs. Sanghamitra Bandopadhyay, Director, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata kindly consented to be the Guest of Honour and delivered the Convocation Address. A total of 451 students were awarded their degrees.
A ceremonial procession comprising of degree recipients, faculty members and celebrated dignitaries was hosted as this day is the most special day in the academic journey of the leaders of tomorrow.
Rev. Dr. John Felix Raj, SJ, Hon'ble Vice Chancellor of the University presented a report on the University and administered the Convocation Oath. Keeping in view the COVID-19 yardsticks, only the first ten rank holders from each stream were invited to be physically present. Only 77 students were present in the campus to receive their rank certificates as well as degree certificates. The first, second and the third rank holders from each faculty received gold, silver and bronze medals respectively from the Hon'ble Governor of West Bengal.
Mrs.Sanghamitra Bandopadhyay, Director, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata called up the students' community to face the challenges of life with confidence and courage. She being the first lady Director of the premier institute Kolkata reiterated that everything can be achieved through hard, dedication and will to succeed.
Rev.Dr.John Felix Raj, Hon'ble Vice Chancellor said, " In this temple of knowledge, we aim to form men and women, who will be global agents of Vasudhaiva Kutambukum- the world is one family."
A large number of students participated in the programme through You Tube and Facebook Live. Those who could not attend the programme physically were asked to collect their degrees and certificates from the University in a staggered manner.
The faculty members complimented the students for their brilliant performance and urged them to be a light for other in building a just and vibrant society.
The programme culminated with a cultural programme performed by students.
Prepared by: Dr. Manali Bhattacharya and Mario Martin Louis.
Posted : 01 Mar 2021
Sneak Peek into Budget 2021-22
A special session was organised by
the Department of Commerce (Morning
Section) via Zoom platform for students
of the Department of Commerce (Morning
Section) on the 11th of February 2021.
The speaker for the event was CA Mr.
Arijit Chakraborty, Institute of
Internal Auditors, India - Kolkata
Chapter and Panel Member of ICAI. The
Webinar commenced with a welcome address
by Rev. Fr. Dr. Soosai Nayagam S.J.,
Associate Dean of the Department of
Commerce (Morning Section). To begin
with, a brief discussion took place on -
what is a budget?, its importance and
relevance for an economy. The concepts
of budget were explained in relation
with the income statement of a company
for better understanding of the commerce
students. The 'V' shaped recovery of
India post COVID-19 was also talked
about before a detailed analysis of
Moving on, what does Budget 2021-22 actually mean for the students, farmers, migrants health workers and corporates was explained in details by our guest speaker. How the budget would strengthen the start-up ecosystem and entrepreneurial culture in the country caught the attention of the students. Towards the end of the session, amendments in Budget 2021-22 in comparison to 2020-21 was discussed.
The emcee for the event was Prof. Sovik Mukherjee, Academic Coordinator of the Department of Commerce ((Morning Section)). The session concluded with an informative Q&A session followed by a vote of thanks by Prof. Sovik Mukherjee.
Reported by Sovik Mukherjee
Posted : 27 Feb 2021
Champion Roller-skater from SXUK
Ridhi Bahety, BA Economics won 4 medals in the State-Level Skating Championship organized by Roller Skating Association of West Bengal (RSAWB). The event was held at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) from 11th to 14th February, 2021. She had participated in the ABOVE 17 - Senior Women's Category. The Events in which she received medals are:
- 10,000 M (Road Elimination): Gold
- 10,000 M (Rink Elimination): Silver
- 500 M (Road 1 Lap): Silver
- 100 M (Road): Bronze
She has qualified for the Roller-Skating Federation of India Nationals to be held in Chandigarh and will represent West Bengal..
Posted : 20 Feb 2021
SXUK Celebrates the World Day of Social Justice 2021
St. Xavier's University, Kolkata in
association with World Vision India,
Kolkata celebrated World Day of Social
Justice on Saturday, 20th February 2021
in the University premises. The event
was jointly organized by Xavier Business
School (XBS) and Xaverians in Action
(XIA) for undertaking extension/outreach
The event witnessed the presence of the Hon'ble Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Dr. Sebasti L. Raj, SJ; Registrar, Prof. Ashis Mitra; the deans of all the Faculties and Schools of the University, Miss Mercy Jishing - an esteemed person from World Vision India and the Guest Speaker, Dr. Purnendu Roy, Chairman and Managing Director of Genesis Hospital.
The main objective of the event was to understand the social injustice in the healthcare sector, pre-and-post COVID 19 which was highlighted by Dr. Roy in his session.
The event was organised in a blended mode. 500 students participated in the event.
- Mr. Paritosh Majumdar, Social Work Programme Coordinator.
Posted : 19 Feb 2021
SXUK and Poland join hands to promote Entrepreneurship
Centre for Incubation, Entrepreneurship and Consultancy (CICE) of St. Xavier's University, Kolkata conducted an eConference: 'Looking Beyond Borders' - Exploring Opportunities for Entrepreneurs to do Business with Poland' on 19th February 2021.
The Welcome Address was delivered by Fr. Dr. J. Felix Raj, S.J., Vice-Chancellor, St. Xavier's University, Kolkata. He highlighted many possibilities and avenues to start with and explore beyond borders and boundaries. He shared about his visit to Poland and the great interest of Polish people about India and its affairs.
He said, "Xaverians of Kolkata have a very strong Alumni association, and there are many in Poland. They have a European chapter of the alumni, many of whom are leaders in industry or academia. They are showing the way to our present students to explore possibilities to exercise their entrepreneurial abilities."
Chief Guest, H.E. Prof. Adam Burakowski,
Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to
India delivered the Keynote Address. He said
that India, due to its economic and
demographic potential, has become very
important for Polish Economic policy. Poland
is happy to enhance its economic cooperation
by increasing exports and encouraging
investors from India to make Poland as a
Guest of Honour Mr. J J Singh, President, Indo-Polish Chamber of Commerce & Industry (IPCCI), Warsaw, talked about the scopes of entrepreneurial initiatives between Indian and Poland.
Special Guest, Mr. Witold Banka, Ambassador of the Silesian Voivodeship and President, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) touched upon the immense opportunities for business in Silesia region.
Special Guest, Ms Aleksandra Monsiol-Szatkowska, Director, Department of Economy and International Cooperation, Marshal Office of the Silesian Voivodeship, Silesia, shared her insights about the possibilities of entrepreneurs at the Silesia region, and highlighted the major factors like strategic location, economy, key industries and more.
Mr. Joydeep Roy, Chief Consular Officer, Honorary Consulate of Poland in Kolkata, concluded the insightful webinar with his comments.
Dr. Manodip Ray Chaudhuri, Dean, Xavier Business School, St. Xavier's University, Kolkata spoke about Educational Strategic alliance. He emphasized on structured student exchange programmes, and collaboration in research and publication areas.
Ms Bidisha Roy, Executive Director, CICE, St. Xavier's University, Kolkata, conducted the concluded the discussion and delivered the vote of thanks. She highlighted the inherent flexibility of entrepreneurs, and zeal to explore new markets. She mentioned the need for focus on entrepreneurship at the building block level at Universities and academic institutions.
- Bidisha Roy
Posted : 19 Feb 2021
SXUK Starts CICE
St. Xavier's University, Kolkata has started the Centre for Incubation, Consultancy and Entrepreneurship (CICE) from Jan 2021, to promote Incubation, Consultancy, Entrepreneurship and Management Development Programme (MDP) with innovation and research through industry-academia partnership.
CICE aims to provide students and alumni of the University a unique, exceptional, and application-oriented education that will be a transforming experience intellectually, culturally, socially and personally, with the mandatory view on values, to produce holistic development of persons; excel in all areas of teaching-learning, research, outreach and consultancy, where innovative ideas and solutions can flourish; offer subjects for competence building, and to motivate/animate a work force imbued with human values; promote academic exchange and academia-industry interfacing, making use of the latest technology; contribute to the well-being of the nation without counting the cost, in the spirit of NIHIL ULTRA (Nothing Beyond), the motto of St. Xavier's.
Incubation & Entrepreneurship
The CICE will function with the aim to bring about innovative solutions towards Social and Business challenges, to develop expertise, knowledge and thought leadership for promoting and supporting entrepreneurship development, to provide support to existing companies through collaborative research and development, solution design and strategy formulation. This will convert Innovative ideas into successful ventures, with strong focus on relevant Investment/Funding options.
It shall aim to answer queries related to market needs with tested solutions, launch planning and strategy, optimize combination of marketing channels to tap new target customers, acquire new markets, establish strong revenue models, and plan the steps to achieve milestones. Also, it shall probe whether the entrepreneur is solving a big social challenge through his or her entrepreneurship goal.
The Centre shall initially cater to the present students and alumni of the University who display with high potential for entrepreneurship and incubate the ideas of existing mid-sized entrepreneurs looking for scale up or innovative approach to existing operations, from various parts of the country based on defined selection criteria. The centre will work closely with Academia and Industry experts, big corporate houses, other incubation centres, trade associations and more. The centre will encourage student-orientation towards entrepreneurship as a career option through seminars, workshops and trainings to budding entrepreneurs
Consultancy, MDP and eMDP:
CICE will strongly focus on consultancy projects from corporate houses and other organizations and emphasise on projects that have high applicability. Faculty members with expertise in various domains shall play key roles in driving such projects, with the aim to generate social benefits. CICE shall take up the projects judging the merit, profile of the principal investigator, patent possibilities, location of the project, how the project can serve social needs of that area, relevance of the problem addressed through the project, background of objectives, practical utility including socio-economic implications of the results and the scope for further research.
CICE will strongly promote MDP and eMDP, both classical need based and generated through post-COVID market demand, both short and long duration. MDPs in the domain of Business Analytics, Digital Marketing, Data Science, Machine Learning and more will strongly cater to the post-COVID market needs and contribute towards strategic enrichment.
- Bidisha Roy
Posted : 08 Feb 2021
Vice-chancellor Fr. Felix Raj: Started working on Vision 2025 for St. Xavier's University, Kolkata
Academic and infrastructure expansion are high-priority areas along with alumni participation
On the occasion of the second convocation of St. Xavier's University, Kolkata, vice-chancellor Fr. Felix Raj spoke to ABP Education and shared his vision for the institution which he, along with Jesuit brothers and a strong alumni network, founded in July 2017. A Jesuit of the Calcutta Province of the Society of Jesus, Felix Raj was earlier the vice-principal, principal and rector of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata. A teacher of economics, he is also the director of The Goethals Indian Library and Research Society and a member of the West Bengal State Education Commission. Read full article online.
Posted : 08 Feb 2021
'Building Unicorns during COVID-19
: An Overview of Global Startup Economy &
A special session on startups
was organised by the Department of
Commerce (Morning Section) via the Zoom
platform for students of the Morning
Section on the 3rd of February 2021 from
2 PM i 3 PM. The speaker for the event
was Mr. Ravi Ranjan, Entrepreneurship
Evangelist and Startup Expert, founder
The Webinar started with a welcome address by Rev. Fr. Dr. Soosai Nayagam, Associate Dean of the Department of Commerce (Morning Section). To begin with, a brief discussion took place on entrepreneurship, venture capital, angel investments and how venture capitalists help in the formation of startups. The process of funding which is the key aspect for a startup and its sources were explained in detail, particularly the idea of building unicorns during the pandemic.
In this context, the relevance and challenges that the market possess, especially with the new budget 2021-2022 in place, was understandably explained by our guest Mr. Ravi Ranjan. Moving on, how startups influence in the development of an economy from a global perspective was highlighted. In this context, how the Startup Genome and Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) lend a helping hand to startups caught the attention of the students.
The emcee for the event was Prof. Sovik Mukherjee, Academic Coordinator of the Department of Commerce (Morning Section). Towards the end of the session, Mr. Ranjan shared many success stories in the Indian context as case studies to help the students understand the concept of startups using cases of OYO, Wow Momo, Phool.Co to motivate the students to become young entrepreneurs in the coming days. The session concluded with an informative Q&A session.
Posted : 27 Jan 2021
Celebration of 72nd Republic Day
St. Xavier's University, Kolkata,
celebrated 72nd Republic Day of India at
the University campus. Hon'ble
Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Dr. Felix Raj,
SJ hoisted the national flag. This
was accompanied by the singing of the
National Anthem. The Faculty Members,
Officers, Support Staff and Students
attended the programme which was
followed by refreshment.. ..
Posted : 24 Jan 2021
Webinar on 'Relevance of Netaji's Teachings in Contemporary and Young India'
An Online student Webinar on the
"Relevance of Netaji's Teachings in
Contemporary and Young India" was
organised by the Morning Section of the
Faculty of Commerce and Management via
the Google Meet platform on 23.01.2021
at 4 P.M. as a part of Netaji's 125th
Birth Anniversary celebrations.
The guest speaker, Dr. Karmakar (Professor of Jadavpur University, Kolkata) delivered the talk emphasising that Bose had profound faith in what the youth can do to build a better world. According to Dr. Karmakar, Netaji believed that enthusiasm, sacrifice and courage - are the special attributes of youth. During Netaji's student years in Calcutta, he had clearly displayed his inborn qualities of leadership and charisma, and the ability to make personal sacrifices for the good of the larger community. Dr. Karmakar highlighted that Netaji was a child of the Indian Renaissance and was inspired by the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda, which he practised throughout his life. His ideas of freedom and social justice were not borrowed from the west, but were drawn from the rich traditions and culture of India as pointed out by the speaker.
Summing up, Dr. Karmakar highlighted that the role of the youth thus has to be built on two pillars - a vision for a better world and character and promotion of integrity in public life.
The emcee for the event was Prof. Sovik Mukherjee, Academic Coordinator of the Morning Section under the Faculty of Commerce and Management. The session concluded with the students expressing their views on how the relevance of Netaji's teachings is crucial not only for the "youth" of our nation but also in redefining "women empowerment".
Reported by Sovik Mukherjee
Posted : 22 Jan 2021
Webinar on Consumer Protection
Xavier Law School of St. Xavier's
University, Kolkata is pleased to
announce the successful accomplishment
of a National Webinar ‘Consumer
Protection Act, 2019: The Synergy of
Consumers and Business' on
January 15, 2021 in collaboration with
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC
ADMINISTRATION (IIPA), New Delhi (IIPA),
Department of Consumer Affairs,
Government of India. The objective
of this programme was to sensitize
students on the trends of Consumerism in
the light of the recent developments in
consumer protection laws in India.
Dr. Sapna Chadah, Assistant Professor, Centre for Consumer Studies (CCS), IIPA and Dr. Suresh Mishra, Chair-Professor (Consumer Affairs) & Coordinator, CCS, IIPA were the eminent speakers from IIPA. Prof. Mishra deliberated on Central Consumer Protection Authority-Roles and Responsibilities and Dr. Chadah presented on Consumer Protection Act, 2019 - A Game Changer. Dr. Monodip Ray Chaudhuri, Dean, Xavier Business School, who was also part of the panel, addressed the participants on the topic Consumer Choice: An Anchor for Business Enhancement. The speakers enlightened the audience with their insightful speeches.
The program witnessed a participation of an enthusiastic response from 593 participants in total, comprising of students, faculty members, and professionals from various academic institutions and business houses across several states in the country. On behalf of Xavier Law School, the Webinar was convened by Dr. Pratyusha Das, Assistant Professor of Law, and Dr. Sapna Chadha, coordinated the program on behalf of IIPA. ..
Posted : 12 Jan 2021
SXUK celebrates the National Youth Day
The IQAC of St. Xavier's University,
Kolkata organized an online discussion
on the life and philosophy of Swami
Vivekananda on January 12, 2021
(Tuesday) as a part of the celebration
of the National Youth Day, the birthday
of the wandering monk.
The key note speaker was the hon'ble Vice-Chancellor of the university, Rev. Dr. John Felix Raj, S.J. During his speech, Father Vice-Chancellor depicted the life history of Swami Vivekananda, his teachings aimed at the youth, promotion of human values and especially his visit to Chicago. Father also discussed about Swamiji's visit to Ramanathapuram and the other places of Tamil Nadu. Father also focused on the similarities of Jesuit education and disciplines with that of Ramakrishna Mission.
Father recalled the significance of the decade of 1860-70s when a series of great personalities like Acharya J C Bose, Brahmabandhav Upadhyayay, Rabindranath Tagore, M K Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda and others were born in this country and dedicated their entire lives for the upliftment of human civilization through their valuable contributions i.e. science, arts, literature, religious movements, expression of secular thoughts and vice versa.
"Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached", while commemorating the famous scripture of Swamiji, Father reminded that enough opportunities are left there for Indians to grow as nearly 65% population of India belongs to the youth section. If this positive power can be utilized after productive issues with proper guidance and training, India will be the super power in near future, he opined. As a harbinger of new and innovative thoughts, Swamiji was always an aspirant of new India filled with a rejuvenated youth power, which also Father mentioned for several times in his lecture and appealed to everyone to follow Swami Vivekananda's ideologies in order to establish a better tomorrow.
The programme was attended by all faculty Members of the university. They also interacted with Father after he had completed his lecture. The vote of thanks was delivered by Registrar, Prof Ashis Mitra. ..
Posted : 09 Jan 2021
Meeting of Alumni Associations
St. Xavier's University Kolkata Alumni Association (SXUKAA) hosted the Province Level Meeting of all the Alumni Associations under the Calcutta Jesuit Province on Saturday, 9th January, 2021 at St. Xavier's University, Kolkata. The meeting was chaired by the Province Coordinator of Alumni (PCA) Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ.
The meeting was attended by the Presidents, Secretaries and representatives of the various Alumni Associations - St. Xavier's University Kolkata Alumni Association, the Alumni Associations of St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, St. Lawrence High School, Kolkata, St. Xavier's Collegiate School, Kolkata, St. Xavier's School, Durgapur and St. Xavier's College, Burdwan.
Rev. Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ, the Province
Coordinator of Alumni and Vice-Chancellor of
St. Xavier's University, Kolkata, called
upon the various Alumni Associations to take
up the "Universal Apolistic Preferences" and
respond to them. The various Alumni
Associations also presented their reports on
the activities undertaken by them and
deliberated on the way forward..
Posted : 21 Dec 2020
Christmas of Sharing and Caring
Xaverians in Action (XIA), the social wing of St. Xavier's University, Kolkata, organised a Blanket Donation Campaign' in collaboration with the St. Xavier's University, Kolkata Alumni Association (SXUKAA) and SNEGAM, an NGO, who sponsored the event, on 21st December, 2020, on the occasion of Christmas for the construction workers of the University and the residents of the neighbourhood villages namely, Kathalberia, Kulberia, Ghashkhali, Holdepota and Beonta. Some of these villages have also been adopted by the University as part of its outreach activities.
The University's current infrastructure is the result of the untiring and dedicated efforts of the construction workers and some of the support staff who have been silently contributing towards establishing and maintaining the magnificent campus since its inception. A total of 150 blankets were given away by our Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Dr. J. Felix Raj, SJ, who addressed the gathering with a Christmas message of sharing and caring and thanked every worker for their immense contribution. The event was attended by other dignitaries such as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Dr. Sebasti L. Raj, SJ; Registrar, Prof. Ashis Mitra, Deans of of the different Faculties/Schools, teachers and non-teaching staff members.
After the event, a group of Student Volunteers reached St. Francis Academy in Kathalberia Village, where blankets were handed out to another 400 villagers. All the COVID-19 prevention protocols were strictly followed by the participants.
Xavier's University, Kolkata, could bring
smiles on the faces of the workers and
villagers, in this season of love and hope,
through their modest efforts.
Posted : 04 Dec 2020
Waves-Story Bank has been published
A BOOK FOR ALL: A book of 75 "inspirational and insightful stories" by Father Felix Raj (in picture, left), the vice-chancellor of St Xavier's University, was released on Thursday. "The stories are fictional and also based on facts. They are about different aspects of life, multi-religious with a spiritual and moral message to readers…. The book can be used for lectures, classes, seminars and also sermons by priests," Father Felix Raj said. The book, Waves - Story Bank, has been published by St Xavier's University Kolkata Alumni Association. Suranjan Das, the vice-chancellor of Jadavpur University, has penned the foreword "What is striking about Father Felix Raj is his ability to strike a balance between administrative and social responsibilities and academic interests. Surely his collection of stories will enable us to gain new strength in confronting the current challenges plaguing the human society," Das wrote. On Thursday, the book was formally launched by Dhrubojyoti Chattopadhyay (in picture, right), the vice-chancellor of Sister Nivedita University, at St Xavier's University during the Feast of St Francis Xavier. The book will be available at stores and at the university office from Monday. Over the years, Father Felix Raj has authored and co-authored nine books. Picture by Bishwarup Dutta Read article online
Posted : 04 Dec 2020
National Webinar: Academic Libraries & Sustainability: A Global Perspective - Challenges in New Normal.
The Library Department of St.
Xavier's University Kolkata organised a
Webinar on 19th November, 2020 entitled
"Academic Libraries and
Sustainability : A Global Perspective :
Challenges in New Normal."
Rev. Dr. John Felix Raj, Vice-Chancellor showered his blessings on the speakers and participants. He rightly remarked "Just as face is the index of mind, library is the index of an academic institution." He urged the librarians to adhere to the new normal situation and face the challenges effectively and efficiently.
Rev. Dr. Soosai Nayagam in his inaugural address enlightened the important role played by the libraries in this COVID-19 new normal time.
Dr. Gadhvi mentioned in her deliberation that librarian in modern times must work 24 x7 like personnel of other service sectors viz.- Aviation, Banking etc. to meet the variegated demand of our readers. She also shared some safety measures in vogue in various academic institution.
Dr. Biswas emphasized on the easy availability of open access to readers intending to pursue research activities. He also gave classic examples of green libraries in the county as well as abroad. Being active member of various library associations in the country, he was confident that the readers would see the light in the tunnel.
A large section of librarians associated with various schools, colleges and universities took active part in this unique endeavour.
The programme was moderated by Mario Martin Louis, Placement & Training Officer. The Library team played an important role in organising this webinar. It was appreciated by one and all.
Reported by: Mr. Tarun Biswas, Librarian
Posted : 26 Nov 2020
Constitution Day webinar "Transformative Constitutionalism: Issues and Challenges"
On 26th November, 2020, the XAVIER
LEGAL AID SOCIETY (XLAS) organised a
webinar on "Transformative
Constitutionalism: Issues and Challenges"
on the occasion of Constitution Day, to
commemorate the 71st anniversary of the
adoption of the Constitution of India.
Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Dr. J. Felix Raj, S.J. inaugurated the session with his words of wisdom. This was followed by the administering of pledge on the Preamble of the Indian Constitution by Prof. Ashis Mitra, Registrar. The webinar was graced by Dr. Uday Shankar, Associate Professor, Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and Dr. Manwendra Kumar Tiwari, Associate Professor of Law, Dharmashatra National Law University, Jabalpur, who addressed the participants with their engaging deliberations on transformative constitutionalism in India as a tool in interpreting various provisions of the Constitution in general and socio-economic rights in particular. The session was moderated by Dr. Animesh Das, Assistant Professor of Law, Xavier Law School. The event came to an end by concluding remarks from Dr. Debasis Poddar, Dean, Xavier Law School and vote of thanks delivered by Dr. Ranjeeta Mukherjee, Convenor, Xavier Legal Aid Society.
- Dr. Ranjeeta Mukherjee
Posted : 28 Nov 2020
Faculty Orientation Programme
Faculty Members: The Sparks of
St. Xavier's University, Kolkata organised a Faculty Orientation Programme for the newly recruited teaching staff of the University on 27th November 2020. The programme "Faculty Members: The Sparks of Jesuit Charism" was coordinated by Frs. Dr. Mourlin K, SJ and Dr. A. Arockiasamy SJ. The programme was inaugurated by the honourable Vice- Chancellor with his keynote address to set the tone for the orientation.
The whole day was packed with the input sessions on various Jesuit themes - "Jesuit history" given by Fr. Dr. Soosai Nayagam SJ, Dean, followed by the "Jesuit Spirituality" by Fr. Dr. Sebasti. L. Raj SJ, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, followed by "Jesuit Education" by Fr. Dr. A. Arockiasamy SJ and finally the "Practical aspects of these input sessions and their implications in our university" by Fr. Dr. Mourlin K, SJ with the group discussions.
The seminar came to an end at 05 .00 pm with the photograph session along with the honourable Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar.
Posted : 26 Nov 2020
The event Sishu Sangmiloni -
Virtual Children's Day Celebration has
been formulated and executed by the
Social Responsibility Wing (Xavier
Social Responsibility) of Xavier
Business School on 22nd November,
2020 under the guidance of Fr. Dr.
Mourlin K. S.J. The objective of this
event was to have an interactive session
with the underprivileged and
disadvantaged children from various
NGO's by way of songs, dances,
recitations and other cultural
performances towards spreading a spirit
of love, care and compassion among
budding young minds at the different
The welcome address was delivered by Dr. Manodip Ray Chaudhuri, Dean - XBS, followed by an inaugural speech by our Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor Rev. Fr. Dr. John Felix Raj, S.J. Father showered the gathering with inducing words thereby creating an ambience of mutuality, compassion, enticement and inducement among all the children participating in the program.
It was remarkably pleasurable and exhilarating to witness little souls performs in front of everybody through the online platform. It was a quite an immensely big day for XBS to hold hands with all the little children for a cause, so poignant and affecting for the social community at large.
- Dr. Manodip Ray Chaudhuri
Posted : 23 Nov 2020
Online Panel Discussion on the Impact of National Education Policy, 2020
The Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC)
of St. Xavier's University, Kolkata,
hosted an online panel discussion on the
Impact of National Educational Policy,
2020 on November 20, 2020 at 3.30pm.
Respected Father Vice-Chancellor Rev.
Dr. John Felix Raj, S. J. inaugurated
the event with his eloquent, persuasive
and vivid ideas on the New Education
Policy and the changes necessary in the
education system in Higher Education
The panellists were Professor Dr. Suranjan Das, Vice-Chancellor of Jadavpur University, Kolkata, Professor Dr. Basab Chaudhuri, Vice-Chancellor of West Bengal State University, Kolkata and Dr. Achyut Chetan, Associate Professor of English, St. Xavier's University, Kolkata.
The panellists focussed on diverse issues pertaining to the New Education Policy viz. the new pattern of higher education, the exit points within an under graduate degree program, relation of employment with the new educational pattern, the multi-disciplinary approach of higher education, the extent and degree of financial and academic autonomy of HEIs in India, the reality behind internationalization of India's higher education system, the matter on vocationalisation of education, and so on and so forth.
The entire conversation was moderated by Dr. Manodip Ray Chaudhuri, Dean - Xavier Business School, St. Xavier's University, Kollkata. The vote of thanks was delivered expressively by Respected Registrar of St. Xavier's University, Professor Ashish Mitra. The discussion ended with an unanimous and undisputed thrust on knowing how to change and how to think for fostering a vibrant, vivacious, evocative and meaningful higher education system in India.
Reported by Dr. Manodip Ray Chaudhuri
Posted : 13 Nov 2020
Mask Distribution by SXUK
The SXUK Family undertook a mask
distribution initiative on 13th
November, 2020 to spread awareness about
the precautionary measures to be
observed in view of the Corona
The students, staff and teachers participated enthusiastically and distributed masks to 1000 people. The event was inaugurated by Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor, Fr. John Felix Raj, SJ, by distributing masks among the construction workers in the University campus. Thereafter, the organisers distributed masks to people, including Police personnel at the Biswa-Bangla Gate at New Town and among the inhabitants of the neighbouring Kathalberia village. View Gallery
Posted : 05 Nov 2020
Jesuit University in Meghalaya
The Meghalaya cabinet on November 4
approved the St Xavier's University
Bill, Shillong 2020.
The draft bill was brought by the education department and the same was approved by the cabinet.
The bill was introduced in the autumn session of the State Assembly on November 5 and will be cleared in this session.
Speaking to media persons, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said, "St Xavier's universities are the most successful universities in the country. The Calcutta Jesuits have established St. Xavier's University, Kolkata at New Town in Kolkata in 2017. It is run very successfully."
When asked about the concerns of allowing another private university to enter state, especially when Meghalaya did not have a good experience with CMJ University and other private universities, Tynsong said the proposal to set up the St Xavier's University in the state had gone to the regulatory board under the Meghalaya Private Universities (Regulation of Establishment and Maintenance of Standards) Act, 2012 and the board has strongly recommended for the University.
The St. Xavier's University Meghalaya will be run by the Jesuits of Kohima Region working in the North East. Before submitting the Letter of intent to the Government, a team of Jesuits visited other Jesuit universities in the country. This is the third Jesuit University in the country after XUB Orissa and SXUK West Bengal.
The Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma, son of P. A. Sangma, former Speaker of the Lok Sabha and Chief Minister of Meghalaya, has been a great inspiration behind the venture. In one of his letters, he wrote to Father Felix Raj, "It is wonderful to hear the positive response from the Jesuits on the proposal and idea of setting up a university in Meghalaya… It is great to know about Jesuit relation with my father. He had immense respect for the Jesuits, and I share the same respect and feeling which, he had. I am sure this relation will continue…"
The Meghalaya government has set up a regulatory board under the Meghalaya Private Universities (Regulation of Establishment and Maintenance of Standards) Act, 2012.
The regulatory board will ensure that private universities maintain the standards of infrastructure, teaching, research, examination and extension of services, fee structure, and safeguard the interest of the state.
The board will ensure that the student community gets quality education and avoid commercialization of higher education.
Tynsong said the proposal to set up the St. Xavier's university had gone to the regulatory board and the board had granted its recommendation.
With the setting up of the St Xavier's University, Shillong is set to compete with Assam and Nagaland that have the Assam Don Bosco University and St. Joseph's University respectively.
The North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) is the only central university in Meghalaya that students look up to but no other private universities that have mushroomed in the state.
Posted : 01 Nov 2020
Waves - Story Bank
No matter whether we are writing a biography or a novel, delivering a lecture or preaching a sermon, our lives revolve around the stories we have heard, read and narrated. Stories are moods; they are powerful vehicles; they matter. When you tell a story you spark a connection. That is how our ancestors have passed on their priceless heritage from generation to generation.
From the days of simple pictures inscribed on cave walls to today's multimillion dollar movie blockbusters, our drive for telling stories has been encoded in our DNA. We connect quite powerfully through stories. Our lives are filled with stories that we all are part of. We, as human beings, irresistibly and instantly connect with one another through the magical power of stories.
We are drawn to stories, because they are the index of our mind. They are universal in meaning and purpose. They help us to share our varied emotions - joys and sorrows that design the bouquet of life. They each come with a message and influence our thought processes and decisions. They make us human and teach us wisdom. They shape our perspectives. Everyone is a story and every story belongs to someone. Stories take us on a journey of self-discovery and transformation. As Justine Musk says, "Whoever shares the greatest stories rules the world."
Have you ever stood or sat on a sea shore? If you have, you will certainly understand what I intend to share with you through the pages of this book. If you haven't, then read this book, it will take you to the shore to watch the mighty ocean and its army of waves embrace the land incessantly.
Waves are caused by the winds blowing on the surface of the ocean or even lakes. This happens all the time. The wind has no effect on a perfectly calm sea. But, as it begins to slide over the surface of the water, it causes eddies. Small ripples are formed and they find their way to the shore and then break on the shore.
Waves, tall and short, keep on marching like an army of stories towards the shore. As the waves embrace the shore, the sea incessantly kisses the land. Caught in the tight intoxicating embrace of the waves, the sands of the shore submissively erode and drift away with the waves.
Every story that I have compiled in this book is a wave from the sea of my heart to embrace every reader so that they are touched and transformed. You may use them in lectures, in sermons, articles and even for recollections and retreats.
Posted : 20 Oct 2020
NAAC Assessment and Accreditation Process: The Know How
A one-day national level webinar on 'NAAC Assessment and Accreditation
Process: The Know How', was conducted by
the St. Xavier's University, Kolkata on
October 17, 2020 from 3 p.m. onwards.
The online academic discourse witnessed
a huge response as more than 200
participants registered and attended in
Google Meet from across various
Universities and colleges of the
country. Facebook and YouTube also had
over 250 views for the event.
The invited speakers were renowned NAAC advisers namely Prof Amiya Kumar Rath, Prof B. S. Ponmudiraj, Dr. Neelesh Pandey and Dr. Ruchi Tripathy. The webinar was inaugurated by a welcome address by our Hon'ble Vice Chancellor, Rev Fr. Dr. J Felix Raj. A pioneer of modern thinking and application of the same in the teaching learning process, Fr Felix Raj greeted all the invited experts and the audience.
Prof Amiya Kumar Rath, emphasized on the requirement of a stimulating academic environment and quality research publication as a main constituent of NAAC Procedure. Prof. Rath further suggested that every faculty should consult with the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) available in the NAAC website while filling up the data. Dr. Ruchi Tripathy discussed meticulously about the Data Validation and Verification (DVV) process. Dr. Neelesh Pandey discussed Student Satisfaction Survey (SSS) as one of the Key factors to judge the performance of the Institution.
On behalf of the NAAC experts, Prof B. S. Ponmudiraj addressed the queries with relevant facts and figures. This session was highly interactive as various pertinent question related to NAAC process was raised by various eminent educationist present as the audience
The webinar concluded with a vote of thanks by Registrar of the University, Prof Ashish Mitra. He congratulated the speakers and the IQAC organising team members for the successful and effective organisation of the webinar.
The event can be viewed in the YouTube, in the following link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoapiKv9I0c
- Dr. Tanushree Biswas, Coordinator, IQAC.
Posted: 17 Oct 2020
Report on Webinar on Mental Health
On October, 10, 2020, Xavier Law School organised a webinar on Mental Health in collaboration with IQAC. It was an online event the platform being Google Meet. It was also streamed live in Facebook and YouTube. The webinar was open to all and around 2400 people were in attendance. The honourable Vice Chancellor of St. Xavier's University, Kolkata, Rev. Fr. Dr. John Felix Raj, along the respected Registrar of St. Xavier's University, Kolkata, Prof. Ashis Mitra were on hand to open the event with their valuable words. The event witnessed the extraordinary lectures from the Mental health experts, Dr. Priyanka Sharma Khanduja, Psychologist who emphasised on 'Anxiety and depression among the students in this pandemic situation' and Dr. Sanjay Garg, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist emphasised on 'Student mental health: An important element of student success'. The event came to an end with the vote of thanks by Dr. Debasis Poddar, Dean of Xavier Law School.
- Prof. Krishna Roy