To explore other avenues beyond the classroom walls, XCOMM has its own student enterprises to challenge their creativity and skills in various ways. Students are exposed to an array of cultural as well as social events which they organize or participate in. With several clubs to its credit XCOMM SAC (Student Activity Committee) engaged its members in organizing student led activities. The student activities are coordinated by Prof. Alwyn Rodrigues SJ and Prof. Arpita Saha. A core team of student representatives help in organizing events throughout the year.
The objectives of the students’ affairs, activities and clubs are:
The following are some of the major activities conducted by students in the year 2018-19 :
Xavier School of Communications (XCOMM) conducted a two-days orientation program from July 2-3, 2018, to the new comers and the existing students of B.Sc. and M.A. Mass Communication Program. It was aimed at preparing the prospective students of XCOMM for their journey in the school, equipping them with relevant information on various experiences and challenges that they might encounter in the pursuit of media and communication studies.
The program was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. Fr. Paul Fernandes, SJ, Vice-Chancellor, Xavier University Bhubaneswar in the presence of Prof. Fr. E. A. Augustine, SJ, Registrar, along with the Dean of Xavier School of Communications Fr. Dr. Donald D’Silva, SJ. Special guests for the program were Mr Dhrubajyoti Pramanik, the Deputy Editor, Zee 24 Ghanta and Mr Bhupesh Sharma, Former Business Head Zee Entertainment Enterprises. They exposed the real picture of media world and enlightened the students with their simple ideas on how to prepare oneself being a student to face the challenges of tomorrow in the media industry.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice-Chancellor Fr. Paul Fernandes SJ 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.
To extend its existing family and embracing the new members, XCOMM students conducted a Fresher’s Day on July 21, 2018 for the students of 1st year B.Sc. and 1st year MA programs.
Teacher’s Day Celebration: The XCOMM student took an active role in celebrating Teacher’s Day 2018. The School had opened its doors to embrace with open arms all those who are associated with it which included the non- teaching staff members too
Sham- e-mehfil : A cultural evening. To encourage students to exhibit their inner talents, Student activity committee organizes cultural evenings, where students get a chance to sing, dance and recite poetry.
Celebrating diversity and cultural understanding: XCOMM family celebrates festivals such as Dipawali, Holi, Puja and Christmas.
Community building programs : The Program is undertaken by volunteering to tutor rural children in computer basics.
XCOMM students have always been encouraged to take part in co-curricular activities. Participation in Orion 2018, a national level fest organized by Shri Shri University, Cuttack, Model United Nations organized by XSC, University Sports meet – Xavier Meet, and regular such events organized by SEC and Inter-School competitions within the University.
Ideating cinema, discussing the nuances of the craft, analyzing the visual representation of the social fabric through these cultural texts are part of the Cine Club’s activities. An open discussion post screening forms a healthy discussion among the participants.
Birthday Celebrations: The XCOMM family gathers every month to celebrate the School’s motto “communicating Life”. The School celebrates birthdays of each of its members through the ritualistic cake cutting followed by a small cultural event.
Alumni gathering: XCOMM organized a homecoming for the XCOMM Alumni through its XCOMMite-Milan 2019 event on March 02, 2019. ‘XCOMMite’ is innovation and creative thinking. XCOMM tries to inculcate a sense of self dependence both in the field of academics and creative world. Being more, a Magis mantra is allowed to sink in the course of student’s life at XCOMM. It is indeed about building lives and inspiring futures!
Vidaaya: XCOMM family organized farewell program ‘Vidaaya’, to bid farewell to the third year B.Sc. and second year MA students. It was a very emotional moment for all the faculty and students.
On February 15, 2019 the entire XCOMM student body got involved in conducting three PR campaigns on campus such as preserving Odishi Art forms, Coping with Depression, and Honouring LGBT community.
XCOMM-CAS is a functional vibrant body comprising members of the faculty along with representatives from the student body. Leveraging the media and communication studies as an academic discipline to the thriving media industry is what the XCOMM, CAS envisions. Complementing the existing contextually relevant courses that the School runs, the CAS bridges the industry academia chasm.
The CAS ensured a rigorous 120 days of training with regular weekly reports and feedbacks being drawn from the industry mentors. The CAS had encouraged industry collaborations to get the best of every student. To name a few, our students have trained with brands such as MSL, Outlook India, J. Walter Thompson, Madison World, NALCO, Aditya Birla Group, Viacom18, ABP News, CNN-News 18, NDTV 24x7, Ogilvy & Mather, Percept Films, Times News Network, DDB Mudra, The Digital Street, Bloomberg, ITV Network, The Hindu, The Indian Express, and other renowned companies during the summer as well as final internships.
For the summer internship program starting from March 16, the CAS had sent 48 of the students, which is inclusive of the undergraduate and post-graduate programs to the industry for hands on training. It had offered internships in specialized areas such as the electronic media (editorial and production), public relations, advertising, event management, digital marketing, photography, print and online journalism. On completion of the training, each student elaborated their contribution through internship presentation which were evaluated by a panel of faculty members. The CAS (XCOMM) strives to increase the visibility of the School by making it stand out. Our students bear the living testimony of the impact of their learnings in the School and have had made a mark in the industry.
Several students have bagged pre -placement offers (PPO) in companies they had been interning with which includes Raasta Studios, Hyderabad, NewsX Delhi and so on.
On September 1, 2018 the first year B.Sc. Mass Communication students visited ISKCON Temple, BMC Mall and Unit I Market to study evolution of culture, art and heritage.
On August 24, 2018 the second year B.Sc. Mass Communication students visited the headquarters of one of Odisha’s leading vernacular press units, Prameya at Bhubaneswar.
On September 14, 2018 the first year students of B.Sc. Mass Communication visited Radio Chocolate and had an interaction with Radio Jockeys, Script Writers, Radio Drama Presenters, Sound Engineers and Editors. The senior RJ Komal explained to them the sequences such as the spontaneous ‘cues’ and ‘links’ she generates, sign -in and sign -out of the specific program.
From January 23 to 28, 2019 the three batches of Mass Communication students (I & II B.Sc. and I M.A.) visited Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad for interactive sessions at Studios. Significant learning outcome from the visit was - lectures on Editing, audio engineering, Lighting for audio visual production, News processing and broadcasting, besides cultural tour of the film city and important heritage sites in Hyderabad.
On January 29, 2019 students of XCOMM attended Indian Film Festival at Bhubaneswar to critically analyze conventional and non-conventional cinema, watching films such as Edda, Famished Road, Thhayi Sahebi, Paddayi, and others.
Media Workshop: On December 3, 2018 Prof. Arpita Saha conducted The Media ‘Smarts’: A Workshop on Media Awareness exclusively for the plus two students of La Martiniere for Girls School, a premiere institution in Kolkata. The objective of the workshop was to help the young minds analyse various branches of the discipline critically and gauge the changes that has been brought about by digitization.
Sessions with SDSU Study abroad Program and Emlyon Business School: Lectures on “Film and Society” by Prof. Vijay Kumar Vijayan and Prof. Nadira Khatun were scheduled at XCOMM on January 11 & 30, 2019 for the students of San Diego State University (SDSU) study abroad program and 25 international students of Emlyon Business School, France respectively.
To help students to get in depth knowledge of the industry and its style of working, XCOMM organizes regular workshops.
Some of the important workshops conducted in this academic year are:
On 8 August 2018, Mr. Sambit Pal, Assistant Editor- ABP Digital, Kolkata conducted a workshop on Writing for Media
On November 24, 2018, Mr. Sambit Pal, Assistant Editor- ABP Digital, Kolkata conducted a workshop on Fake News Verification in association with Google News Initiatives
On September 15 and 16, 2018, Mr. Arun Natarajan, a Freelance photographer conducted a workshop on Advertising Photography
On December 8, 2018, Mr. Shantanu Sen and Mr. Prashant Nair, BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council) Representatives conducted a workshop on Effective Television Viewership Measurement.
On February 2, 2019, National Award-winning Film writer and Director Mr. Vinay Shukla, conducted a workshop on “Script to Screen: A Transforming Journey of Words into Images, Sound and Living Being”
On February 16, 2019, Ms. Lorraine Martin, Group Head, Corporate Communication at Ogilvy & Mather, Mumbai conducted a workshop on “Crisis, Issues and Reputation Management”
On June 27, 2018, Mr. Abhinay Dey, Assistant Editor of Times of India, Kolkatta, delivered a lecture on “Journalism in the Current Times”
Mr Dhrubajyoti Pramanik, the Deputy Editor, Zee 24 Ghanta delivered a lecture on Production of TV news.
On July 20, 2018, Mr. Satyakki Bhattacharjee, Chief People Office, ABP News Network, Noida, delivered a lecture on “‘hire-able’ in both Editorial and Operations Segment”
On July 28, 2018, Mr. Sudhi Ranjan Sen, Editor of India Today, New Delhi, talked on the theme “Dos & Don’ts of Journalism Industry”
On August 25, 2018, Ms. Sohini Das, Associate Vice – President for Strategy, Leo Burnett, Mumbai, spoke on “Advertising Industry”
On August 31, 2018, Mr. Yubaraj Bhattacharya, Commissioning Team Lead, Zee India Enterprises Limited, Mumbai delivered a lecture on “Content Creation of Over The Top (OTT) Media”
On September 11, 2018, Ms. Honey Patnayak, Director of Community Radio, Siksha O’ Anusanthan (SOA) University, BBSR spoke on “Program Planning & Presentation”
Mr Anto Akkaro, a freelance Investigative Journalist lectured on “Investigative Journalism in India today”
On September 29, 2018, RJ Somak, Radio Jockey, Radio Mirchi, Kolkata spoke on “Nuances of RJing”
Mr. Manas Tapadar & Ms. Indrani Biswas, Senior Producer, at Star Sports, Mumbai spoke on “Sports Commentary and Career Opportunities”
Dr. Benson Rajan, Professor, Christ Deemed to be University, Bangalore delivered a lecture on “Subliminal Advertising”
Dr. Michelle Philip, Associate Professor, Wilson College, Mumbai spoke on “Visual Culture and Visual Competency in Indian Advertising”
|SL No||Students Name||Year||Type of creative works||Award/Recognition||Form/Organization|
|1||Saswat Pati||III BSc||Contribution for Conservation of Wildlife through Photography||Biju Patnaik Award for Conservation of Wildlife||Government of Odisha|
|2||Ayush Mohapatra||III BSc||Satabhaya; The Story Unfolds (Documentary)||Winner - Best Director Award||4th Dehradun International Film Festival 2018|
|3||Neha Mohanty, Monalisa Swain and Pooja Bajaj||III BSc||Boonte Sapne (Documentary)||Winner Best Documentary Award & Best Documentary||Srishti Film Competition 2018 – (Xamboree 18 - XUB), Chennai|
|4||Ankur Biplav||II BSc||Hindustani Vocal||1st Place||Virasat - Xpressions 2018 (XIMB, XUB)|
|5||Bhanvi Sharma||I BSc||Photography - Portrait, Wildlife, etc.||Nine Awards and one recognition for being youngest Female Photographer of Odisha||MNIT, NKC-M, IIM-I, The Print, Sony, etc..|
|6||Ankur Biplav||II BSc||Hindustani – Vocal - Khayal Classical||Invited to perform live||AIR Cuttack|
|7||Nikita Baliarsingh||I MA||Short Story||36th rank||International Short Story Writing Context - Online Mirror|
XCOMM STUDENT ACTIVITIES 2017