NIHIL ULTRA: Nothing Beyond

Department of Social Work and NSS


All students of St. Xavier's College are expected to complete 30 hours of social service (One Non-Academic Credit) either from college or from outside. Those who wish to complete from outside are requested to take prior permission from their respective VPs. 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 dept. of social work & National Service Scheme (NSS) is situated on the ground floor of the main building, near the college canteen. The office timings are from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Students who wish to become part of the dept. are supposed to collect the membership form from the office. After submitting the form, a student becomes eligible to participate in all the activities of the dept. Activities are held before and after class hours, during lunch break and on Sundays. Students are advised to read the dept. notice board regularly.

The dept. provides an opportunity to students to become part of the selected NSS Board which has a one year term from February to January every year. A Board member can accumulate all 6 non academic credits within one year provided she/he completes the full term successfully. Members for the board are selected on the basis of their commitment to social service, their genuine concern for the underprivileged, their regular participation and their readiness to accept any challenge that may come on the way.

A generous heart, a creative mind and a sensitive conscience is what we require from those who want to make a difference in the lives of others. The outcome is, while making a difference in other's lives, they make a difference in their own lives. Here's the chance to make that difference! Go for it! Feel free to walk in to the office for any query or clarification. You may contact the Director Ms. Cheryl Francis or the NSS Board Members to help you.



Upcoming event:

Prayas camp (Village to College)
20th - 22nd June 2018

NSS Team


NSS Board Members for 2018-19
  President Kirti Goenka BMS
  Secretary Shubham Vaidya B.COM (M)
  Ritika Gupta BMS  
  Devesh Didwania B.COM (M)  
  Chandrima Biswas B.COM  
  Ankita Ghoshal B.COM  
  Shubham Mittal B.COM (M)  
  Muzzammil Hussain B.COM (M)  
  Swatirtha Roy MTMA  
  Sejal Agarwal B.COM (E)  
  Dhrubajyoti Bag B.COM  
  Puja Pailan B.A. History  



27th February 2018 saw the change of guard in NSS. In a very homely atmosphere, the new Board for 2018-19 took over. Rev. Dr. Dominic Savio, SJ, the College Principal and Rev. Fr. Peter Arockiam, SJ, Vice Principal of Commerce Evening and BBA graced the occasion.

The programme began with a short prayer and welcome address by the outgoing board members followed by address from Fr. Principal where he appreciated the NSS team for their generosity, commitment and sincerity towards their work. He further said, "The NSS of St. Xavier's College is looked upon by everybody and it is a 'model' NSS in Kolkata". He continued to say, "NSS shapes up our lives and I only have appreciation for your work." He concluded his address by saying, "When we become 'others' oriented, we make our lives God oriented."

Fr. Principal acknowledged the NSS for their untiring efforts in the villages, especially in the last 10 years, which resulted in the establishment of the Raghabpur campus. He thanked the outgoing Board Members led by Shubham Mittal and warmly welcomed the new Board. He sincerely acknowledged Ma'am Cheryl Francis for her hard work, total dedication and commitment.

The outgoing President and Secretary of NSS, Shubham Mittal and Sejal Agarwal shared their learning experiences. Fr. Peter who addressed the students appreciated their meticulous planning for organizing any NSS event. He too praised the students who selflessly came and worked for NSS in spite of knowing that there was no glamour or fame attached to the department. Father then declared the new board of 2018-19 led by Kirti Goenka of BMS as President and Shubham Vaidya as Secretary from B.Com (Morning). The Working Committee Members were Ritika Gupta from BMS, Devesh Didwania from B.Com (Morning), Chandrima Biswas and Ankita Ghoshal from Raghabpur Campus. Traditionally the outgoing Board become the Advisors to the New Board.

The programme was concluded by a vote of thanks by Ma'am Cheryl Francis. She thanked Rev. Dr. Felix Raj, SJ, Vice Chancellor, St. Xavier's University, Kolkata for his vision and immense support and guidance because of which NSS could work enormously for the village children under project Prayas. She also took the opportunity to thank the entire College administration for placing their trust on the department and giving the freedom with responsibility to work. She concluded by thanking the NSS students for braving to 'tread the path that is less travelled by and that is what makes all the difference'.



JULY 2017 TO JUNE 2018

Following are the activities held during the period July 2017 to June 2018:

Blood Donation Camp

The Blood Donation Camp was organised on 1st of August 2017 at Fr. Depelchin Auditorium. Around 100 NSS volunteers, board members and advisors long with several teams of doctors from 1 private and 8 government blood banks attended to around 700 donors.

Independence Day Celebrations

Independence Day : Independence Day was celebrated with 76 children from Nurshikdarchowk, where 23 volunteers from Raghabpur campus organized game and fun activities on 13th of August 2017. On 15th of August, around 35 volunteers along with 150 children celebrated the day at Shalpukur and Debipur simultaneously. A community kitchen was held at the Debipur centre for the first time.

Daan Utsav

Daan Utsav : During the week of 10th to 17th of September, 2017 Daan Utsav was celebrated at three different venues - Hogulkuria, Oral School for the Deaf Children and Divine Fellowship(DF) Blind School. Around 55 volunteers along with 220 children celebrated the 'Joy of Giving Week'.

Puja Camp

Puja Camp : The Puja Camp was held from 2nd to 8th of October, 2017. Around 40 volunteers from the Main Campus and Raghabpur Campus went to Baikunthapur village, in the Sunderbans. Around 20 youth from the village joined hands to help us in our work camp where 200 samplings were planted by the campers.

International Exchange Programme

International Exchange Programme : As part of the International Exchange Programme, 12 students from Fordham University, New York led by Brian Kriebel, were with us from 5th to 13th of January 2018 for their service learning experience. The many visits they had to Mother House, Shishu Bhawan, Little Sisters of the Poor, Prem Daan, Debipur, Raghabpur and CINI is sure to have touched their lives.

Shishu Mela

Shishu Mela : Shishu Mela was organised on 11th of February, 2018 at the College premise. This year around 950 children from 7 villages and 12 NGOs participated in the event to spend the day with a difference. Around 300 students from 18 departments of the College had put up games stalls. In addition, the Art Corner by BMM students and the Sports Centre by XADAM students, catered to the children.

Women's Day

Women's Day: On 11th March 2018, the Raghabpur campus came alive with almost 250 students celebrating Women's Day hosted by our Department along with XADAM. Over 100 girls from the main campus along with 100 girls from the Raghabpur campus came together to give meaning to the theme of the day 'W for W' (Women for Women).



Sunday Visits to the villages : Every Sunday, visits to the village centres namely Debipur, Nurshikdarchowk, Shalpukur, and Paikhala. Around 655 volunteers across the departments went for Sunday visits to Debipur, Nurshikdarchowk, Shalpukur and Paikhala.

Premdan visits : Regular visits to Premdan had been an integral part of the Department. Around 47 volunteers across the departments went for Sunday visits to Premdan in the months of July and August 2017.

Departmental Visits : Regular departmental visits were organized in Bolorampur and Paikhala School. The total number of volunteer's visits to Bolorampur and Paikhala were 157 and 561 respectively during the said period.

Green Clean Neighbourhood Campaign : During the months of August 2017, February and March, 2018 hourly session were held between 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. where 143 volunteers cleaned the pavement outside the college front and back gates as well as within the campus, spread awareness about cleanliness by visiting the shops and kiosks.

Adda Session : An Adda Session was organised on 6th of September on the topic "Ban 500 and 1000 notes-corruption uprooted or just changing clothes?" Around 11 volunteers attended the group discussion.

At the Raghabpur Campus : The year started with orientations to all the first year students on social credits. This apart, Life Skill classes were organised 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. Sunday Village visits were organised at Nurshidachowk, Shalpukur and Devipur. A total of 63 volunteers were involved in this programme.

About 23 volunteers celebrated Independence Day at Nurshikdarchowk on 13th August 2017 which was attended by about 76 children. Drawing competitions, games and cultural programme was organised by the volunteers.

We want to congratulate all the Xaverians especially the NSS Board members who work tirelessly throughout the year not only to proclaim but to live up to the Xaverian motto of Nihil Ultra - Nothing Beyond!