St Xavier’s College to upgrade UG departments to PG studies
St Xavier’s College (Autonomous) is upgrading all of its undergraduate departments to postgraduate study over the next three years as part of its Vision 2025 roadmap, Principal Father Dominic Savio said at the 15th convocation of the institute.
The college plans to introduce doctoral programs in Bengali and English very soon, followed by the start of doctoral studies in all departments, he said on Saturday. Savio said construction of the College’s new campus near EM Bypass will begin shortly as part of Vision 2025 to be achieved in three years.
“This is the college’s third campus, following its Kolkata campus and its rural Raghabpur campus in the southern district of 24-Parganas housing a state-of-the-art center. “It will house the mass communication and multimedia department, the station of community radio, a modern incubation hub to facilitate startups and modern research facilities for Science PG departments,” the Principal said.
The college is to launch its ‘School of Gender Studies’ from next month at the rural campus in Raghabpur.
“The aim is to provide female students with knowledge and self-confidence and to facilitate the sensitization of their family members, neighbors and others towards gender equality. The center plans also to start with peer-reviewed journals on the subject, both in English and Bengali with ISSN numbers,” he said.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calcutta, Prof. Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee presided over the convocation. Prominent Cardiac Surgeon and Xaverian Dr. Kunal Sarkar has received this year’s Nihil Ultra Award for his outstanding contribution to society, especially during corona times.
Nine PhDs, 352 PGs, 2,539 UGs and 95 BEd students received their degrees at this year’s convocation held on campus, the first convocation physically held at an educational institution in the city during of the last two years.
Father Savio mentioned that as part of the expansion plan, the rural campus in Raghabpur is also being upgraded to bridge the rural-urban gap between the students in the society. Apart from the new PG departments, the Raghabpur campus will also offer professional courses designed to meet the needs of the local population. A skills development center is also planned at the Raghabpur campus to impart technical skills to local rural residents.
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