Our visionary leadership and updated pedagogy push the envelope - Rev. Dr. Dominic Savio, S.J.
Meha Mathur, 02 Jul 2019, #St Xavier's College, Kolkata

While on the one hand, St Xavier’s College, Kolkata stays vocal about its visionary leadership, updated pedagogy and state-of-the-art sports facilities, the academic institution has its own set of challenges. Taking about various aspects of the college, Rev. Dr. Dominic Savio, S.J., Principal, St Xavier’s College tells Meha Mathur about the distinguishing factors of the college and what needs to be fixed for the future.

Excerpts from the interview:

Careers360: What are the strengths and USPs of the College?

Rev. Dr. Dominic Savio, S.J.:

  • Forward looking and visionary leadership of the College authority.

  • Willingness of leadership for all round continuous quality improvement.

  • Enforcement of discipline in a fair and just manner.

  • Apolitical ambience of the College.

  • One of the best infrastructural facilities that can be provided by an educational institution.

  • Globally acknowledged brand image of the College.

  • Dedicated and competent teaching faculty.

  • Use of updated pedagogy with supportive IT.

  • Inclusive approach to education by extending the educational facilities and services of the College to the comparatively less served areas, for example, rural areas.

  • Committed and supportive non-teaching staff.

  • Strong social commitments of the College authorities, students and Alumni.

  • The College upholds the missionary zeal and dedication of the Jesuit Mission and Vision through its diverse activities and services.

  • College has, under its wings, Educational Multimedia Research Centre which develops various online courses in varied topics.

  • The College has an active Counselling Cell with five professional Counsellors all through the week for the benefit of students, staff and alumni of the College.

Careers360: What are the popular courses at Xaiver’s?

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Rev. Dr. Dominic Savio, S.J.: There has always been very high demand for all courses run by the college. However, for the sake of mentioning some, following subjects may be considered:

  • English

  • Economics

  • Commerce

  • BMS (Bachelor in Management Studies)

  • Statistics

  • Microbiology

  • Biotechnology

  • The process of keeping pace with new pedagogical and technological advances, and with infrastructure requirements

  • Curriculum and syllabi of various courses are updated on a regular basis through the respective Board of Studies. The effectiveness of various syllabi are substantiated by both upward and lateral movement of the students.

  • The Central Library has the most modern and excellent Library and reading room facilities. The Library is extremely well stocked and boasts of an impeccable overall cleanliness. It stands out as one of the proud accomplishments of the College.

  • College has a Central Research Facility which houses modern tools and equipment for carrying out frontline research activities.

  • The institute has a PhD cell where research work is carried under the guidance of faculty of Post Graduate disciplines.

  • College houses an observatory which is extensively used by Post Graduate students of Astro-Physics and also by students of other disciplines.

  • We provide facilities like Video Conferencing, Smart Classrooms, Campuswifi for improved connectivity and also for supporting advanced teaching-learning mechanism.

  • E-attendance has been introduced for staff members and also for students.

  • Development of Finance Laboratory is under process.

Careers360: What cultural and sports life can students expect at Xavier’s?

Rev. Dr. Dominic Savio, S.J.:

  • College has a very active sports department.

  • Annual sports is a grand event of College in which every department participates in a colourful parade presenting a unique theme.

  • College team takes part in various inter-college tournaments and comes out with flying colours.

  • College has different societies like Debating Society, Bengali, English and Hindi Literary Societies, Commerce and Management societies and many other like these to enrich the cultural activities if the students.

  • Xaverian Academy of Dance and Music offers a rich cultural environment for the students.

  • NSS and NCC activities are encouraged.

  • College host its annual fest “Xavotsav” in which almost all colleges of the city and some from outside the city takes part and thereby forms a platform for cultural exchange.

Careers360: Do you find any challenge there?

Rev. Dr. Dominic Savio, S.J.:

  • Lack of fund for more infrastructural development.

  • College has to generate and spend substantial amount of money towards salary of staff.

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