NIHIL ULTRA: Nothing Beyond

Societies and Associations

AICUF

All India Catholic University Federation (AICUF)

The All India Catholic University Federation (AICUF), a University Student Movement, works through University studentswho as a team want to do something for their own growth and the welfare of society in which they live in. They draw their inspiration from the person and life of Jesus Christ. The AICUF motto is: "We are born in an unjust society, and we are determined not to leave it as we have found it." Associate membership is given to students of other faiths who share the ideologies of the AICUF as enshrined in its Constitution and the West Bengal State Policy Document. There are 22 units in West Bengal. In Kolkata itself there are 12 units - five at St. Xavier's (Bengali, English, Hindi, Santhali and XIA). Within the WB AICUF there are Adivasi Yuvaa Chetna Manch (AYCM) and Womens' Commission, which have been formed for specific purposes. Presently our AICUF State Advisor is Rev. Fr. Dr. Felix Raj, SJ; Co-Advisor is Rev. Fr. Dr. Dominic Savio, SJ; State Animator is Rev. Fr. M.S. Arockiasamy, SJ; State Coordinator is Dr. Charlotte Simpson-Veigas and the Professor-in-Charge of the Santhali unit is Prof. Aparajita Hembrom. In the year 2014-15, AICUF organized a plethora of programmes. They are as follows:

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The English Academy

2015 has been a year of loss for the Department of English. Professor Rohinton Kapadia was not merely an integral part of the department, but also a guardian and guru, who professors and students alike could look to for advice and guidance in realizing the projects of The English Academy. He constantly nurtured and enriched the department and grief is too inept an emotion to express our sorrow. But it is through our little endeavors liking hosting 'Literaria' and publishing 'Ode to Expressions' that we intend to explore the vistas of literary possibilities and thus, keep Sir's vision alive.

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FIne Arts Society

At the Fine Arts Society of St. Xavier's College, we focus on the promulgation of Fine and Performing Arts in college, in a subtle and intellectually satisfying manner. One of the oldest societies of the college, it involves and engages students from all departments in organizing several events that aim at a holistic development of one's creative faculties.

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SWAR (The Women's Cell)

All over the world, young girls are told to be "proper", to sit like a lady, to walk like woman, to not behave roughly. However, the moment women are freed from all forms of bodily restriction is when they are asked to dance. So how better to facilitate a revolution than to bring it in through dance!
 

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Xaverian Management Society (XMS)

The Xavier's Management Society (XMS) was formed in 2010 under the Department of Business Administration. Founded with the objective of developing, promoting and honing the practical managerial skills of the students of its department, XMS has come a long way since its inception.
 

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Xaverian Film Academy

The Xaverian Film Academy was set up in the year 2009 under the guidance of Fr. Gaston Roberge and Fr. George Ponodath. Previously known as the Film Club, the Academy has been functioning as one of the most active societies in St. Xavier's College, Kolkata. The students of the Mass Communication and Videography Department are de facto members of the society, including the members of the Film Studies Department. The society is currently headed by Prof. Ananya Chakrabarti (Assistant President, XFA) and Prof. Utsav Chatterjee (Vice President, XFA). Since, it's initiation seven years ago the Xaverian Film Academy has actively hosted workshops, interactive sessions, film screenings and its much anticipated annual fest Cinematheque, which has grown into one of the most awaited student film festivals in the city.
 

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Students' Council (SXCSC)

At the epicentre of Kolkata's happiest street lies the institution of hope, faith, belief and knowledge. The St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata indeed has always occupied the centre stage in the arena of education in this part of the world. For 155 years now every member of the Xaverian family has been committed to its motto of 'Nihil Ultra', meaning nothing beyond.
 

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Xaverian Sociological Society

Xavier's Sociological Society released the fourth edition of the Journal of the Department of Sociology titled 'Young Sociologist'. This event was held on the 1st of November 2014 at the Xavier Hall. The journal was released by Father Principal. This was followed by an academic session involving two lectures from Dr Dwaipayan Bhattacharya (Associate Professor, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta, Kolkata) and Dr. Swatasiddha Sarkar (Assistant Professor, North Bengal University).

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Xavier's Centre for Gender Studies

To promote gender parity and intends to poise itself as an academic interface for research, training and practice through the prism of gender. The primary role of the Centre can be defined as knowledge assimilation and transmission through teaching, research and documentation

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Bengali Literary Society

Bengali Literary Society, as the name itself suggest, is the platform to express, imbibe and showcase the knowledge, we aspire to acquire and so deeply cherish, all through the musical language, of Bengali. This is the society, originally meant for the Bengalis mainly, in the college, but gradually, as our larger society, this society has also grown all across the college, by attracting the non-bongs as well, and enabling it to expand among the masses. Now, as the need of the hour, this 80 years old society should always look forward to change itself in a new outlook, to best suit its 21st century members' mentality, just like the Bengali Culture, literature and overall community is undergoing a change as an after-effect of globalisation. And that's what, we, the present team of flag bearers, are up to. Some events that we have already organised this year are:

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Hindi Literary Society

Hindi Literary Society, one of the esteemed and renowned society of St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata is incessantly putting its unflagging efforts to promote and preserve the rich Indian culture and heritage. Through ages the society has been looking after the cultural aspect of the college by keeping the flame of nationality ablaze in the heart of Xaverians. The Hindi Literary Society, promoting the cultural value of Hindi, the official language of India.

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Science Association

"Scientific views end in awe and mystery, lost at the edge in uncertainity, but they appear to be so deep and so impressive that the theory that it is all arranged as a stage for God to watch man's struggle for good and evil seems inadequate"- Richard P. Feynmann.
 

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Xaverian Theatrical Society

"...Standing at this point in time I will request the alumni, parents and students to reflect upon what type of a culture they wish to be a part of...I think we should congratulate the hard work of the Xaverian Theatrical Society, in trying to uphold the traditions and culture that exemplify St. Xavier's, for the last twenty years through the efforts of Prof. Siddhanta and his students..."

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Xaverian Education Society (XES)

The objectives of XES are:

  • Sharing knowledge with others
  • Offering guidance and counselling courses
  • Developing all round personality of the students
  • Spreading consciousness about different social and educational issues among the students with a view to make them worthy citizens
  • Developing values among the students
  • Working for social cause especially for the poor and marginalised
  • Developing intellectual skills etc
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