Dean, M.Com. Department
The M.Com. department, one of the newly introduced post-graduate courses offered by St. Xavier's College since its post-autonomy period, is governed by the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm of 'conscience, competence, compassion and commitment'. Born in 2007, the motto of the department is to offer quality education in the higher studies of commerce and to develop human resources with social values catering to the needs of both, industries and academia, at the national and international level.
The curriculum designed with active co-operation of experts from within and outside the organisation, can easily compete favourably with one that is offered by any leading B-School in the country. But that exercise would have been futile if we had failed to deliver our best to our students in terms of classroom teaching and curriculum-support activities. With an eye to that end, we are in a continuous effort to give state of the art methods of pedagogy in the department - thanks to the team of our highly qualified faculty members, who are both committed and student-friendly. The practice of case-study based teaching with the use of multi-media and interactive sessions with the students is intended to make them feel more comfortable with the subjects offered which they can grasp with ease and elan.
The department aims at facilitating the students in the development of competency in research in the various emerging fields of commerce. The recently revised curriculum, effective from July 2014, is an endeavour towards this direction. Inclusions of papers like 'Research Methodology with SPSS package' in the 3rd semester and 'Basic Mathematics and Statistics' in the 1st semester are a few novel steps that the department has taken to make this possible. This, however, requires a re-orientation of mindset of the learners, who have unfortunately developed the practice of 'mugging' instead of using brainpower.
To overcome such constraints, we regularly conduct 'soft skills development' sessions with the purpose of changing their personality into a proactive and enlightened one. Every paper starting from semester I contains an element of evaluation on the basis of class participation - this is where they are encouraged and trained to make individual/group presentations, subject to a review by their peer group in the classroom. Each one is further motivated to go for summer internship at the end of the 1st year, so that they have enough of industry exposure. This is a value-addition to their degree which provides competitive edge in the market when they seek for placement, on-campus / off-campus.
The curriculum includes Project work culminating in presentations through public seminars. This further nourishes the ability of a student to make in-depth study on the burning issues in the business arena and prepare him/her to face the future world with greater confidence. Six batches of students have passed out from the department and almost all of them are already placed either in industry (both public sector and private sector, within and outside the country) or in schools and colleges. Quite a few are trying to crack NET/SET in order to do serious research work and join academics permanently.
Apart from offering M.Com. (With specialisation in Accounting and Finance), the College also offers M.Com. (With specialisation in Marketing) for those who want to build career in Marketing. Both the degrees will offer better competitive edge to the students in the job market.
Finally, the department works under the direct mentorship and able guidance of our Principal, Rev.Dr.Felix Raj, S.J. We believe that his constant support and encouragement will help the department to move vertically through its growth trajectory with its ever-increasing brand value in the days to come.