The Jesuit Fathers of St. Xavier's College
proposed application of computer training and
computer awareness programme in the field of
information technology in 1985. With the support
from a generous alumni and other like minded
people, St. Xavier's Computer Centre was
inaugurated on 4-th November 1985 on the
occasion of 125th Anniversary of the College.
The importance of the Computer Centre cannot be
overstated in the present context. In the
existence of more than 29 years, it has
continued to outgrow its own role. It started as
a centre for students of the College and later
embraced general students too through the
various courses it conducted. Twenty five years
ago it was probably one of the very few centres
for computer training in Calcutta. In the year
1995, the College was able to offer Computer
Science as a subject for H.S (Science) students
and Computer Applications for HS (Commerce) and
HS (Arts) students because of the excellent
facilities and faculty members of the Computer
Centre. Under the supervision of the Computer
Centre, the college launched the B.Sc (Hons.) in
Computer Science in 1998. Later, the Computer
Science Department was started and also offered
M.Sc in Computer Science in 2005. The fact that
the staff members at St Xavier's College are
computer literate and the various processes are
automated, including online admission, is
testimony to the dream and vision of the Jesuit
Fathers at St. Xavier's a quarter of a century
ago. Since the inception of Computer Courses by
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
in 1991, the Computer Centre is acting as the
practical centre providing facilities and
infrastructure for such courses to IGNOU.
In the last 29 years of its existence the Computer Centre has immensely contributed to the society of by providing quality education to the students and professionals of this great city. Courses based on the latest technology and industry demand are offered right from its inception to fulfill the need for quality and skilled professionals. Starting from basic computer courses to advanced programming and tools, courses are offered to suit the requirements of diversified nature in the field of computers and information technology. It was probably the only computer centre in the city to offer Mobile Phone Repairing Course at a time when the mobile revolution was just beginning.
With a group of dedicated staff and excellent facilities, it is one of the best Computer Training institutes of the city. With intensive involvement in research on the latest trends in the field of Computer Science and IT, the faculty hold adequate qualification, experience and are always up-to-date. Professionals from the IT industry are involved as guest faculty and many leading IT experts of the city are in the panel of teachers. The senior Computer Science professors of the city had been guest faculty at the Computer Centre and have enormous contribution in shaping of the students of the Computer Centre.
The Computer Centre has also contributed immensely to the development and implementation of various IT and AV systems in the College. The various IT related needs of the College are managed and the entire IT infrastructure is supervised and maintained by the Computer Centre under the guidance of IT Infrastructure Management Committee of the College. The faculty and staff members of the computer centre have published more than 20 research publications in 2014 in International Journals and International Conference proceedings. The faculty members participated in various International Conference both in India and in abroad and presented papers and delivered keynote/invited talk/tutorial in 2014. The faculty members of the computer centre are actively involved in research work in the field of Computer Science and Engineering.
The Computer Centre is located on the second floor of the Chapel building along with the computer laboratories and is offering various courses to suit the requirements of the students. The courses on offer are:
- Certificate course for beginners
- Diploma in Multimedia and Animation
- Certificate course on Advanced Computer Programming
Some of the courses are held both in the morning (8AM - 9:30AM) and in the evening (4:30PM-6:00PM) and some courses are held only in the evening (5PM-7PM). The fees are reasonable in all courses so that the financially challenged people can also join in any course. For financially backward student s easy ins tal lment of fees are provided.
- "O" level course under NIELIT of Dept. of Electronics & IT, Govt. of India. (1 year).
- Diploma in Multimedia and Animation. (1 year).
- IT Application & Web Design. (4 months).
- ORACLE - OCA & OCP Certification programme. (18 weeks).
- Java Certification programme. (18 weeks)
Extension Centres of the Computer Centre:
- Udayani Training Centre, Jishu Asram, Pandua, Hooghly.
- Udayani Computer Centre, Kalna, Burdwan.