XILUR 2020 - Inauguration and orientation program of academic year 2020-21
School of Communications, Xavier University, Bhubaneshwar organized its virtual orientation Program – XILUR 2020 on 3rd and 4th September 2020 through Zoom application – an online platform. XILUR symbolizes the beginning of a fresh and eventful academic journey and it stands for Xavier initiative to learn, unlearn and relearn.
The two days program witnessed well-known media professionals and industry stalwarts addressing the students of School of Communications. The program began with a brief introduction to the event by Prof. Anamika, the coordinator–of XILUR 2020. The Dean (acting) Prof. V. Vijay Kumar welcomed the students and provided a detailed overview of the two-year BSc (Hons.) and MA Mass Communication programs of the University.
Ms Navika Kumar, Group Editor-Politics Times Network was the keynote speaker on this occasion. She spoke about her experiences and the prerequisites for a media professional. The session with Ms Navika Kumar was quite interactive and the budding media professionals got an opportunity to understand the world of Convergent Journalism. This session was moderated by Prof. Arpita Saha, faculty of School of Communication. The session was attended by the new as well as the existing students, parents, guardians, and faculties of School of Communications.
In the second half of 3rd September 200, Mr Daniel Williams, a motivational speaker inspired the students of School of Communications to take up challenges despite all the difficulties and march ahead towards their goal. This session was moderated by Prof. Jyoti Ranjan Sahoo, faculty and attended by all the students of the school.
In the first half of 4th September 2020, Mr Anil Nair, Co-founder and COO at Very Multimedia Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru addressed students on, Creative Communication in the Digital Era. Mr Nair spoke about “Out of the box thinking” and the importance of “being illogical” in the field of creativity. This session was moderated by Fr. Alwyn Rodrigues SJ, faculty of School of Communications. and attended by all the students of the school.
In the second half of 4th September 2020, Ms Gayathri Ojha, Vice President – Marketing & Corporate Communications, CSR – Total India addressed all the students of the school on The Role of Mass Communication in Building Corporate Reputation and the session was moderated by Prof. Purnima Anjali Mohanty, Faculty of School of Communications.
During this XILUR 2020, Prof. Arpita Saha briefed the new entrants about the Career Advisory Services and Internship offered by the school, while Prof. Nirmalya Baral briefed students on the Student Activities Committee of School of Communications. Prof. Nadira Khatun took the charge of ice-breaking with the newcomers. The existing students of School of Communications (2nd & 3rd year UG students and 2nd year PG students) had an interaction with the new joiners and welcomed them to the School of Communications family.
Finally, the program came to an end with the Vote of thanks proposed by Prof. Anamika, the coordinator of XILUR – 2020. The detailed program schedule is attached herewith the report. Letter of appreciation was sent to all the speakers on completion of the event. All these programs were held online through Zoom platform. The technical aspects were managed by Mr Pramod Saha and Mr Ratiram Khaka while the administrative and back-end support was provided by Ms Carline D’Costa.
XILUR 2019 - Inauguration and orientation program of academic year 2019-20
The inauguration and Orientation program of School of Communications for the academic year 2019 -20 was held on 1st and 2nd of July. XILUR symbolizes the beginning of a fresh and eventful academic journey and it stands for Xavier initiative to learn, unlearn and relearn.
The Chief Guest for the inaugural event was Shri Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi, Hon’ble Minister of Tourism, Odia Language, Literature & Culture, Government of Odisha and Dr. Lopamudra Tripathi, Communication for Development specialist at unicef, was the Guest of Honour. Xavier University dignitaries, Prof. Dr. Fr. Paul Fernandes SJ, EX-Vice Chancellor,Xavier university, Prof. Fr. E. A. Augustine SJ, Registrar and Fr. Donald D’ Silva SJ, the Dean of School of Communications were part of the esteemed panel.
Shri Panigrahi, who is also a board member of the University, elaborated on the need for a responsible media and how as budding professionals one should be aware of the needs of the society. He also deliberated on how Xavier University has spearheaded the changing landscape of higher education across the nation.
The Guest of Honour, Dr. Tripathy emphasized on a sense of heightened empathy towards society, which she believes is the foundation stone of the media profession. She urged students to focus on contextualized communication in which the communicator should be able to address the apprehension of the common man, thus becoming the agents of social change. With even a greater zeal, Dr. Tripathy an erudite speaker, readily answered the questions put forth by the students. The session was moderated by Prof. Fr. Alwyn Rodrigues SJ, faculty School of Communications.
With School of Communication’s motto of communicating life, the School has always stood apart from its contemporaries in the way that it has never succumbed to the dominant trend of churning out ‘market’ ready graduates. Rather, it has groomed students as socially conscientious young men and women who would be the future thought leaders with vision, creativity and imagination.
School of Communications XILUR 2018 – Xavier Initiative of Learning and Unlearning
It was perhaps one of the most awaited moments for the Xavier University Alumni Committee and the ALCOM Team to see the day unfolding on February 15, 2020. It was a maiden attempt made by the Xavier University. Since its inception, barely four batches of PG and three batches of UG students had passed out from the Xavier City Campus at Harirajpur. February 15th witnessed an air of excitement, emotion and nostalgia where entire day was chalked out with common as well as school specific events.
With a goal of continuing the relationship with the Xavier University students, and believing that an institution of higher learning is a partnership; partnership among students and alumni, faculty and alumni, administrators and alumni, benefactors and trustees, neighbourhoods and more, to build a robust learning community and a culture of ongoing education.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice-Chancellor Fr. Fernandes said, “We extend a warm welcome to our fresh batch of students pursuing mass communication courses. Xavier University is committed to provide excellent educational opportunities and a world-class experience in its variety of courses.” He also exhorted the students for hard work and honesty and encouraged them to take up the challenges and be the forerunners in the development of the media industry.